I love to hike up Camelback every year when I go back to phoenix. I’ve been hiking up to Camelback since my college (Too cheap to pay for a gym membership… Broke college life lol) days in phoenix, AZ. This mountain is the hardest hike I’ve accomplished in the Phoenix area. Camel’s back ridge line if not for the faint of heart. There are rails in certain parts for you to grip and pull yourself up. I had Nikes shoes – as did the majority of hikers – but proper dread would have been WAY better to provide grip and stability.
Hiking in Phoenix is very beautiful, especially once you realize that it’s going to be very different from a traditional setting. Plus, absolutely perfect weather in the wintertime is the cherry on top. The path is somewhat wide and smooth. Once we started to increase in elevation, the trail started to get rockier and there was more fancy footwork to be done.
I really enjoyed the climbing part of the hike, and before we knew it, we were at the top. Once there, we took in the views of the valley and snapped a few photos to celebrate our efforts up the mountain. On the way down, we realized the importance of hiking shoes. I was in Nikes, which were fine, though the trail is well-worn and the gravel made it slippery. We had a few moments where we almost fell, but even if we had fallen, it probably would’ve only amounted to a few scrapes and bruises. The whole trip took a little over two hours round trip, including time to stop and take photos/rest at the top (plus 15 min. Walk each way to get to/from our cars).
Overall, my experience hiking Camelback was a very positive one. It was a beautiful day, the weather was perfect, and it was just enough of a good workout without being brutal. I’d definitely return to try this trail again.
- Bring more water than you think you need
- On warm days, start early in the morning.
- Protect yourself from the sun. Camelback’s trails are exposed and do not offer shade.
- Wear hiking or sturdy athletic shoes
Downtown Phoenix view