Camelback Mountain Summit Trail

Paradise Valley, Arizona 85253

Camelback Mountain Summit Trail

Camelback Mountain: Summit Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"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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10/27/2018
On a hot day in May 2018 (90's) while in Phoenix for my daughter's graduation, I hiked to the summit and back down the other side and reversed back to my starting point. The second trip back was obviously tougher. Happy to have gotten a hike my daughter had suggested.
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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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7/9/2018
Get here early!!! The early evening is also breathtaking. The point is: when it is terribly hot, don't subject yourself to potential heat stroke or dehydration. Avoid this hike during the extreme heat of the day. There's a lot of climbing and bouldering involved here, too, so it can be pretty intense. You are rewarded with awesome views of Phoenix and get a terrific workout.
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4/15/2018
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12/28/2017
I died but well worth it, great thing my boyfriend had roadies for the top! Cheers!
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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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9/24/2010
Great hike for intown PHX. More challenging than it looks. Some really steep inclines so be aware and bring plenty water.
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5/21/2010
Kicked my butt! Very challenging for an out of shape geezer new to hiking, however the view was worth the pain. Would not recommend weekend hike due to large number of people on the trail.
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3/15/2010
I give the hike only 2 stars because it's so darn crowded and people have absolutely no trail etiquette. If you're looking to do a peaceful trail, don't choose this one. There's plenty of others in the area. If you're looking to get a good workout for about an hour and a half this is perfect. The 360 views are great and I would recommend it to anyone staying in phoenix who wants to do a short hike and stay in the city
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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
Views
Features
Echo Canyon Park
Local Contacts
USGS: Paradise Valley
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018