Seen from a distance, its silhouette looks like a resting camel. It is a masterpiece of sandstone and granite: Arizona’s Camelback Mountain in the heart of Scottsdale and Paradise Valley—two of the Valley of the Sun’s most exclusive residential and vacation communities.

From early morning jogs up the mountain to lingering late afternoon sunset hikes, residents and visitors alike traverse the magnificent trails of this sacred site—where prehistoric Hohokam Indians settled over a thousand years ago.

A hike to the top—at 2,700 feet, provides a spectacular view of the cityscape below—a blend of luxury homes, desert scenery, and award-winning golf courses The mountain, an Arizona icon, draws over 300,000 recreation hikers each year from all over the globe.

Camelback Mountain offers four different trails with varying degrees of difficulty from beginner’s trails to strenuous hikes for serious hikers.

Bobby’s Rock Trail at Camelback Mountain.

Follow Echo Canyon Summit Trail out of the parking lot. At the bottom of the first set of steps, it veers to the right. A trail post will guide you to Bobby’s Rock.

Trail Length: 0.25 miles
Elevation Gain: 200 feet
Difficulty: Easy
Open: Sunrise to sunset

Ramada Loop Trail at Camelback Mountain.

Trail loops around the upper ramada at Echo Canyon. Take the trail to the 1/8 mile marker and turn right. After looping around a small ramada and butte, it winds down to the parking lot.

Trail Length: 0.125 miles
Elevation Gain: 100 feet
Difficulty: Easy
Open: Sunrise to sunset

Summit Trail. (Echo Canyon)

Enter Echo Canyon Parkway east of Tatum Blvd. off of McDonald Dr. The trail climbs through magnificent sandstone rock formations and culminates with splendid views of  Phoenix.

Trail Length: 1.2 miles
Elevation Gain: 1,264 feet
Summit: 2,704 feet
Difficulty: Strenuous
Open: Sunrise to sunset

Cholla Trail at Camelback Mountain.

No trailhead parking, here, however, street parking (limited) is at Invergordon and 64th Street. Hikers, then walk up the south side of Cholla Lane. Cholla Trail is only recommended for advanced hikers.

Trail Length: 1.5 miles
Elevation Gain: 1,200 feet
Difficulty: Strenuous
Oct. 1 to April 30: 7:30 a.m-5: 30pm
May 1 to Sept 30: 5:30 am- 7:30 pm

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