Camelback Mountain Cholla Trail

Paradise Valley, Arizona

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This excellent but strenuous hike ascends the long east ridge to the summit of 2,704-foot-high Camelback Mountain. The 1.75-mile Cholla Trail is a great alternative hike to the steeper and busier Summit Trail on the opposite side of Camelback Mountain. The well-maintained trail gains 1,300 feet from trailhead to summit, roughly following the long east ridge of the mountain, and offers marvelous views of Phoenix, Scottsdale, and the Phoenician Resort. Expect some steep, rocky sections near the top with scrambling over boulders and along the ridge crest. No water is available along the trail. Carry plenty to drink, especially in hot weather. A quart per person would not be too much.

Camelback Mountain: Cholla Trail Professional Review and Guide

"This excellent but strenuous hike ascends the long east ridge to the summit of 2,704-foot-high Camelback Mountain.

The 1.75-mile Cholla Trail is a great alternative hike to the steeper and busier Summit Trail on the opposite side of Camelback Mountain. The well-maintained trail gains 1,300 feet from trailhead to summit, roughly following the long east ridge of the mountain, and offers marvelous views of Phoenix, Scottsdale, and the Phoenician Resort. Expect some steep, rocky sections near the top with scrambling over boulders and along the ridge crest. No water is available along the trail. Carry plenty to drink, especially in hot weather. A quart per person would not be too much."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Paradise Valley
Distance: 3.5
Elevation Gain: 1,300 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 1 to 3 hours
Season: October through April
Local Maps: USGS: Paradise Valley
Driving Directions: Directions to Camelback Mountain: Cholla Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

4/17/2018
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9/24/2011
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It was a good trail, but really easy. It mostly makes for a nice 360 view of Phoenix. Not all that hard for most people - good exercise.



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May 2018