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With an elevation of 2,704 feet, Camelback Mountain is a great hike for locals and tourists alike when in Phoenix Valley, Arizona. The stunning views of the mountain capture the hiker's attention to start, but the stunning views along the trail keep the outdoorsy interested all along the way.
Camelback has been a Phoenix city park since 1968, with hiking as its primary attraction. It's one of the top 10 things to do in Phoenix, according to Trip Advisor and others. Along the trail, you'll see loads of flora like Saguaro Cactus, Ocotillo, Cholla, Palo Verde, Creosote Bush, and Barrel Cactus. You'll catch glimpses of birds and other wildlife, as well, if you're out there in their favorite roaming hours.
Echo Canyon and Cholla Trails are considered difficult hikes. Echo Canyon is the steeper (1.2 miles out and back), while Cholla is the longest at 1.5 miles out and back. Be sure to prepare yourself for the hike. Bring plenty of water, snacks, and use sunscreen and a hat. And if you feel tired, please turn back. There have been frequent rescues since it's easy to overdo it here in the unfettered Arizona sun.