Hiking Camelback Mountain Offers Workout With A View!

Real Estate Sales Representative with Realty Executives/The MacLean Team

Camelback Mountain

One of the (many) great things about living in Camelback Corridor is the convenient access to Camelback Mountain and its hiking trails.

Camelback Mountain is among the most recognizable parts of the Phoenix skyline, and holds the record for the city’s highest point. Being the highest point in the city gives a clue as to why the Camelback Mountain hiking trails are such a great workout.

There are two main hiking trails for Camelback Mountain – Echo Canyon Trail and Cholla Trail.

Echo Canyon Trail is more popular and approximately 1.2 miles each way. The Cholla Trail is not as steep and slightly longer at approximately 1.6 miles each way. The two trails join at the top of Camelback Mountain, so it is possible to hike up one trail and back down the second trail (just remember this makes for a much longer hike back to your car). Depending on who is doing the rating, both of these trails are considered moderate to strenuous hikes.

Echo Canyon Trail is currently closed and scheduled to reopen in Fall 2013. When the Echo Canyon Trail renovation is complete we’ll enjoy a renovated trail, new parking, and added mountain access. While Echo Canyon is closed you can still hike Cholla Trail.

Don’t let the current closure of Echo Canyon Trail dissuade you from hiking Camelback Mountain. The stunning 360 degree views at the top are absolutely worth the hike!

I’ve lived in Arcadia for decades and am a regular Camelback Mountain hiker, so let me share a few tips about hiking Camelback:

Hike early! Summer is fast approaching, and we’ve already hit three digit temperatures. Phoenix doesn’t cool off in summer evenings so the best time to hike is early morning. Early is the key term here because it is hot by 8 a.m. during the summer.

Bring lots of water and a few snacks.

Dogs (leashed) are allowed on Camelback trails. With summer bearing down on us take special consideration for your furry family members. The trails are rocky (keep in mind how quickly the rocks get hot) so consider paw protection (yes, I’m talking about shoes for your dog) if your dog’s paws are sensitive. Bring extra water for your dog (my dogs are also fans of the foldable, travel dog bowls for lapping up water on the go).

Parking can be a frustrating experience. If you’re not one of the lucky Camelback Corridor residents who live within walking distance of the trails, hitting the trails during less busy times (weekends are busier than weekdays) can help some with parking. It doesn’t help us in the current moment, but we can look forward to nicer parking options when the Echo Canyon renovation is complete.

Stay on the marked trails. This is even more essential now with Echo Canyon trail closed.

Last, but definitely not least, remember to take a moment to soak up the stunning views when you’ve reached the top of Camelback Mountain. Enjoy!

Hiking Camelback Mountain is just one of the many Camelback Corridor activities I enjoy. Leave me a comment below to share your own Camelback Mountain hiking tips and other hiking trails in the Camelback Corridor area that you like.

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Heather MacLean

The MacLean Team

Realty Executives #1 Agent in Arizona 2012

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Comments (16)

Ken's Home Team LLC. | 360.609.0226 | Portland, OR & Vancouver, WA Real Estate Team
Ken's Home Team LLC. - Vancouver, WA

Welcome to Activerain from from all of us at Ken's Home Team. I think you will find this site to be a wealth of knowledge and referrals. This really is the best real estate blogging and real estate network on the internet. If you have any questions about Activerain, reach out to the wonderful Ambassadors here in the rain. (They are a wealth of knowledge and were picked by the Activerain staff for their williness to help others)

May 21, 2013 02:39 PM
Todd Clark
eXp Realty LLC - Tigard, OR
Principle Broker Oregon

Welcome to Activerain and I hope you are learning a lot and if you ever need any assistance, don't hesitate to check out my blog, email me, call me, I will be glad to help you in any way possible. Also, check out the main page of Activerain and look for the Activerain University tab, there are lots of educational webinars to help you build your business.

May 21, 2013 02:45 PM
Dale Baker
Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections - Claremont, NH
New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information
Howdy and evening Heather
Welcome to the ActiveRain Real Estate blogging community! You'll sure find a lot of mighty fine folks here in the community to get to know. I'm one of the many ActiveRain community members which are an ActiveRain Ambassador.
If you should ever have any questions about how to do anything or about the rules of the ActiveRain community, please feel free to contact me either by sending me a e-mail or by giving me a call, I'll sure be mighty glad to give you a helping hand. If for some reason I don't know the answer to a question which you might have, I'll sure will find out the answer and get back to you with the right answer.
Take the time to look at the different groups within the community, pick some different groups to join, post your blog posts in them, be sure to take the time to read the posting guidelines of each group you might want to join, folks sure will want to follow them. Members can join as many or as few of the different groups within the community as they would like to. Members are able to post their blog posts in 5 different groups at a time.
Keep up your mighty fine job of posting! I'll be looking forward to seeing even more blog posts written and posted by you, plus seeing you join some of the mighty fine groups in the AR community.
Have a good one
Dale in New Hampshire
May 22, 2013 09:18 AM
Connie Harvey
Pilkerton Realtors - Brentwood, TN
Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate

Heather, what a delightful first blog about Camelback Mountain. You've hit on one of my favorite activities, hiking with my husband!

May 24, 2013 04:59 AM
Greg Steffens
Mountain Country Realty - Lake Arrowhead, CA

Welcome to Active Rain and congrats on your first post.  Be sure to spend some time looking around at what and how others are blogging here - it is a great education and lots of fun.  Looks like you’re off to a great start…keep it up!

May 24, 2013 06:54 AM
Janis Borgueta
Key Properties of the Hudson Valley - Newburgh, NY
LIC RE Salesperson

Heather this is a great first blog!! Welcome to ActiveRain. You already know what a grea place this is to be. Get to know a many people as you can and get over to the University!! Enjoy.

May 24, 2013 07:29 AM
Kathy Sheehan
Bay Equity, LLC 770-634-4021 - Atlanta, GA
Senior Loan Officer

What a wonderful first blog!!!  I stopped by because of Connie's blog.  Welcome to Active Rain!

May 24, 2013 10:12 AM
Cassandra Stewart
Future Home Realty - Tampa, FL
Your Tampa Florida Agent

Welcome to ActiveRain Heather!  I enjoyed reading your blog about hiking. All the best to you and keep on blogging!

May 24, 2013 10:42 AM
David Shamansky
US Mortgages - David Shamansky - Highlands Ranch, CO
Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg

Pretty backdrop and love AZ but mostly in the winter months lol

May 24, 2013 11:01 AM
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Welcome to ActiveRain Heather, you're off to a great start with your first blog.

May 24, 2013 12:14 PM
Wayne Johnson
Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS® - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale
Heather-Camelback Mountain I presents a great view from Phoenix. Great description of the hiking trail options.
May 24, 2013 01:25 PM
Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group
Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001 - Gaithersburg, MD
301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA

Welcome to ActiveRain Heather, you are lucky to be living in such a beautiful country and I wished I was there to enjoy it. .. . looking forward reading a lot more from you

May 24, 2013 08:13 PM
Connie Harvey
Pilkerton Realtors - Brentwood, TN
Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate

Hi Heather!   I featured your post in my "Favorite First Post" blog this week. Just checked back to see if people came to visit!

You can check it out: http://activerain.com/blogsview/3737111/my-favorite-newbie-first-posts-week-of-may-17th-2013#16106358

May 25, 2013 07:56 AM
Helen and Larry Prier- Re-Max Gateway - Residential Real Estate
RE-MAX Gateway- Residential Real Estate Sales - Anacortes, WA
Anacortes & surrounding Skagit & Island Counties

heather, welcome to Active Rain. I have hoked Camelback and it is a great view. Good luck with your bloogging.

May 25, 2013 01:10 PM
Rain Silverhawk
Sandpoint Realty rain@lakeandhomes.com - Sandpoint, ID
208-610-0011 Sandpoint Idaho Real Estate Realtor

Welcome to Active Rain.  Beautiful description and pictures.  You should post this on localism, it would be a great one for consumers to read in your area.  Best of luck to you!!!!!!!

May 25, 2013 05:13 PM