Camelback Mountain Summit Trail

Paradise Valley, Arizona 85253

Camelback Mountain Summit Trail

Camelback Mountain: Summit Trail Professional Review and Guide

"This is an excellent, strenuous, and popular hike to the summit of 2,704-foot-high Camelback Mountain.

Camelback Mountain, towering above Phoenix and Scottsdale, is a well-known and prominent landmark. The 2,704-foot peak, the highest point in the Phoenix Mountains, is a two-summited mountain that looks like a kneeling camel to the imaginative eye. The higher, eastern summit forms the camel’s hump, while the lower summit to the west is called The Head. The mountain and its hiking trails are easily accessible, offering a quick getaway that feels far from Phoenix’s teeming freeways.

The 1.16-mile Summit Trail, one of the most popular hikes in the area, is a steep, well-maintained path that climbs to the summit of Camelback Mountain from the trailhead at Echo Canyon on the northwest corner of the park."

Camelback Mountain: Summit Trail Reviews

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7/20/2018
This is one of those "must dos" when visiting Phoenix. Which sort of explains why the trail up the mountain is always pretty crowded. I prefer the Chola Trail which is a bit less strenuous but if you want a real workout the Summit Trail is it. Make sure you bring TONS of water, especially in the summer (if you're brave enough to dare it in the heat). Also parking is a real pain so make sure you find a legal place to park (no parking where the trail starts, which is crazy for such a popular place).
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4/15/2018
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12/3/2015
Great trail although its gets very busy during peak hours and the parking is terrible. Try to come very early or take an Uber to avoid the parking line. Make sure you have water as dehydration is an issue during the summer months.
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1/7/2011
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1/6/2010
Lots of lady hikers use this trail! It good exercise going up as it steep for most of the way. Best to not start out late as to have to come down at night.
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3/7/2009
I hike this trail almost weekly. It's a good workout and is very accessible. As people have stated; its very busy and parking is limited.
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1/6/2009
This is a great place to get a decent cardio workout and the summit offers spectacular views of the Phoenix metro area! However, if you are into the traditional type of hiking this is not the trail for you. The trail is way too crowded (especially on weekends) and parking very limited. The last time I did this trail I waited 35 minutes for parking but it could be longer during peak times. I recommend this trail if you are a novice looking for a good test of your skills and conditioning:)
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12/26/2008
quick hike, limited parking! starts out tame but then your climbing smooth rock and then the rest to the summit is minor rock climbing great views
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12/3/2008
Wow, first time up here and I have to say I had a great time. This trail has to be the best one I've seen this close to a large city like Phoenix. Lots of people on this trail but well worth it.
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11/7/2008
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Trail Information

Paradise Valley
Nearby City
2.4
Distance
1,264 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
1 to 3 hours
Duration
October through April
Season
Echo Canyon Park
Local Contacts
USGS: Paradise Valley
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Sep 2018