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Camelback Mountain

Camelback Mountain

Free admission
Paradise Valley, 85253

The Basics

Hikers from around the world come to Phoenix to summit Camelback Mountain. The peak is accessible via two trails: Echo Canyon and Cholla. While each hike is less than 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers) out and back, they’re both strenuous, with steep ascents and scrambles over large boulders. Travelers who aren’t up for the climb can get some of the best views of the mountain from Old Town Scottsdale (the perfect setting for a Segway tour) or from a hot air balloon ride high above the Sonoran Desert.

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Epic Camelback Mountain Guided Hiking Adventure in Phoenix, Arizona
Epic Camelback Mountain Guided Hiking Adventure in Phoenix, Arizona
$145.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
DEFINITELY WORTH IT!!
Hiking Camelback Mountain with Matt was an unforgettable experience! His positive attitude and facts about the area made the hike so much fun! Plus, he took awesome photos!! :) If you're thinking about booking, DO IT!
Brittany_P, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Phoenix

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Highlight of our trip!
David_F, May 2022
Epic Camelback Mountain Guided Hiking Adventure in Phoenix, Arizona
Matt made our experience amazing! We learned so much as first-time hikers and this was the highlight of our trip.
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HIking
Keith_H, Mar 2022
Epic Camelback Mountain Guided Hiking Adventure in Phoenix, Arizona
Jennifer was a fun, knowledgeable and supportive guide. We decided to turn around at the 1/2 way marker and she was supportive and caring. We will return.
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Amazing Experience
LaTasha_M, Dec 2021
Epic Camelback Mountain Guided Hiking Adventure in Phoenix, Arizona
Matt was Awesome. As a first timer this can be an overwhelming experience but Matt was so patient and did a great job encouraging and assisting along the way. Definitely could not have completed this hike/climb without him.
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I made it!
Jill_H, Mar 2022
Epic Camelback Mountain Guided Hiking Adventure in Phoenix, Arizona
My son and I were visiting Arizona State University (ASU) in Tempe from Ohio and decided to take this guided hike up Camelback. Matt texted us detailed instructions prior to our arrival. We took an Uber from Tempe to the Echo Canyon Trailhead, so we didn't have to worry about parking (the Uber was about $45 on the way there and $20 on the way back). Matt provided backpacks, water and gloves. He gave a quick overview of what to expect, and we were off! I'm 48 and my son is 17. He didn't have any trouble with the hike, but it was very strenuous for me. Early in the hike, I didn't think I would make it to the top. Matt continued up the mountain with another family and the other guide, Jennifer stayed with me and my son. She was so positive, patient and encouraging. She told me what to expect next and how much further we had until we reached the top. There are parts of the hike where you have to climb up big boulders using your hands. I'd say I'm in average shape - slightly overweight, but I frequently walk on flat terrain. This was very challenging for me, but I did it with the help of Jennifer (and my son, who was also very patient). It was a rewarding experience and I'm glad we used a guide - otherwise it would have been too easy for me to turn around.
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Great adventure and you don’t have to be fit
Amanda_M, Dec 2021
Epic Camelback Mountain Guided Hiking Adventure in Phoenix, Arizona
I was hesitant to book this . I tore my ACL 4 years ago and broke my ankle 4 months ago . I am not in the best shape , but I love adventures and doing new things . I booked this and almost cancelled it because I was scared of getting an injury . I decided we should keep the reservation and experience it . We were only in town for 2 days and wanted to do the hike right at 7:00 am . That way we still had the whole afternoon ahead of us . Starting out we met our tour guide Matt . He was so laid back and very knowledgeable. We started the hike with him explaining it will be difficult but we can do it . He knew which part of the hike we should be at for the best pictures of the sunrise . When we turned that corner he told us we would have 5 obstacles . That helped me know what to expect ahead . It wasn’t easy , but it was fun and worth it . I have never had a tour guide but I would highly recommend it to everyone . When we got to the top he had us pound the final post with our fist and had some healthy snacks and cold drinks at the top . We took our time at the top and took it all on . He didn’t rush us and took great pictures of us . On the way down I went slower . I was still nervous about an injury . It was challenging but worth it . He explained the area , plants , wildlife and really made us feel so comfortable. I highly recommend him to everyone . Honestly… I will remember it for the rest of my life ! Thank you Matt for being so kind and letting us take our time without us feeling bad about it !
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Epic Adventure ❤️
Stella_R, Nov 2021
Epic Camelback Mountain Guided Hiking Adventure in Phoenix, Arizona
Matt is incredible considerate and knowledgeable and always makes a point to make you feel safe and present and takes you to the secret spots on the mountain and so helpful with photos capturing!!! Please consider going with him and 11am hike was incredible timing!!!!
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Best Hiking Experience
AmandaBlaszak, Oct 2021
Epic Camelback Mountain Guided Hiking Adventure in Phoenix, Arizona
My husband and I don’t do much hiking so when I found this guided hike I was excited. Matt was an awesome guide and allowed us to take breaks as we made our way up. We got to watch the sunrise and took a ton of great pictures. It was such an enjoyable time and I’m so glad I chose to do this!
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Awesome Experience
Marybeth_B, Aug 2021
Epic Camelback Mountain Guided Hiking Adventure in Phoenix, Arizona
Matt was an awesome guide, very encouraging and knowledgeable. I would highly recommend him for tours.
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Great hike, great guide
Nicole_J, Apr 2021
Epic Camelback Mountain Guided Hiking Adventure in Phoenix, Arizona
Very nice hike. Beautiful views and moderate in intensity. Ryan was a great guide. Very attentive and prepared with snacks and drinks. Showed me cool places and great photo spots. Def recommend when visiting AZ
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Another Adventure in the books!!
laura_s, May 2021
Epic Camelback Mountain Guided Hiking Adventure in Phoenix, Arizona
Our sunrise Hot Air balloon tour was cancelled the morning we decided to hike camelback mountain. So at 5 am that morning i scheduled the hike/tour and we were at the meeting place by 8am. 8:10am i called the tour operator (Matt) and explained that i booked this am and he was shocked and surprised he was unaware. He immediately said if you can wait just a bit i will be right there. We waited and so glad we did. Matt guided and helped along the way bringing all the items needed for a great hike including encouraging words. We made it to the summit learning and taking in all the beautiful views along the way. Matt took his time let us rest as needed and we needed a lot lol. There was a lot of people on the trail as it was surprisingly cool but made the day fun and challenging. Matt towards the end of our hike apologized again about not being there at 8am and promised to not allow that to happen again. He will come up with something so that never happens again. Just one last tid bit about Matt, We had collected a couple of small rocks along our hike and i left them in the backpack Matt had provided. I realized this after we had departed from Matt so i text and told him to take them out of the backpack so someone else didn't have to care those dang things around lol. Matt mailed those rocks to us the same day and they met us at home in our mailbox. Thank you again Matt for a great day. As Matt says Happy Trails and as we say enjoy all your adventures because you never know. Life is short enjoy the ride. Laura and Gil

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Camelback Mountain is a must-visit for experienced hikers and outdoor enthusiasts.

  • Remember to wear sturdy shoes suitable for walking over uneven surfaces.

  • Bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat, as the trails offer little shade.

  • Dogs are prohibited on the trails.

  • Restrooms are available at the Echo Canyon trailhead off East McDonald Drive.

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How to Get There

Camelback Mountain is located 20 minutes outside of downtown Phoenix. The easiest way to get there is by car—take East McDonald Drive to the Echo Canyon Trailhead or Cholla Lane in Paradise Valley to the Cholla Trailhead.

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When to Get There

Hiking trails on Camelback Mountain are open from dawn to dusk throughout the year. The best season for hiking is between November and April, when daily highs rarely reach the low 80s. Hot air balloon rides generally depart at either sunrise or sunset for the most colorful views.

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Flora and Fauna of Camelback Mountain

Despite its urban setting, Camelback Mountain provides a habitat to numerous native species, including the desert tortoise, cottontail rabbits, chuckwalla lizards, and rattlesnakes. Also keep an eye out for native Arizona flora like mesquite and palo verde trees, as well as saguaro, cholla, and prickly pear cacti.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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