Camelback Mountain

Location: South Central Arizona
Trip Starts: Echo Canyon Parking Area
Trip Ends: Echo Canyon Parking Area
Total Distance: 2.4 miles
Hike Type: In & Out, Backtrack Hike
Hike Difficulty: Difficult
Trails Used: Echo Canyon Summit Trail
Trail Traffic: Heavy
Trip Type: Day Hike
More Information:

City of Phoenix
City Park Service
Phoenix City Hall, 200 W. Washington St.,
Phoenix, AZ 85003
(602) 262-6862


Camelback Mountain is located on the northern edge of the City of Phoenix and there are outstanding views from the 2,704 foot summit in all directions. Many of the locals use one the four trails up the mountain as their personal stairmaster, and it is not uncommon to see numerous people hiking in the late afternoon just before sunset when the park closes. This hike follows the Echo Canyon Summit Trail 1,264 feet up the mountain, and the route is a tough workout which requires the use of metal railings to ascend some steep sections of the trail. Don’t underestimate the effort required to reach the top of Camelback Mountain, and make sure you take plenty of water with you on your hike. The views from the summit are outstanding though, and make this a destination that is well worth the effort.

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