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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."
--Stewart M. Green, Best Easy Day Hikes: Phoenix (Falcon Guides).
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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