Camelback Mountain () is a mountain in Phoenix, Arizona, United States. The English name is derived from its shape, which resembles the hump and head of a kneeling camel. The mountain, a prominent landmark of the Phoenix metropolitan area, is located in the Camelback Mountain Echo Canyon Recreation Area between the Arcadia neighborhood of Phoenix and the town of Paradise Valley. It is a popular recreation destination for hiking and rock climbing.
This hike is challenging, even if you are in shape. I was not sore the next day, but it did take me a good hour and a half to get up to the top. It was very rewarding and I suggest it to anyone who is up for a challenge. They put in some bars to help pull yourself up the steep sections, and the rest is just climbing over rocks. Bring plenty of water and be aware going down is a little rough on the knees.
This is an awesome hike. I found it to be quite challenging but very fun at the same time. When I hiked it last, there was a part where you pretty much had to pull yourself up with a rope chain but that may have been redone since then. I believe the hike up is about 1.25 miles and that last .25 miles feels like 3. Beautiful views from the top and serene even though there were probably 20 people up there. All in all, a great hike if you are fairly fit!
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