One of the greatest aspects of Scottsdale is the landscape of extraordinary textures, shapes and colors. There are plenty of ways to take in the picturesque scenery, but one of the best places to do so is Camelback Mountain. Located in the Phoenix Valley, this majestic mountain is the ultimate destination for urban hiking. Tourists and locals rave about the trails, and many Scottsdale residents return for new adventures.
Climb a Nature-made Masterpiece
You can undertake the mountain in your own way, but reaching the peak is a popular goal. At the summit, you’ll experience a beautiful stillness as you gaze at the wonders around you and take in the spectacular views of the city below. While climbing, you’ll see vibrant flowers poking out of the rock, interesting plant life marking the trail, and fascinating wildlife enjoying the serenity.
Relax and Explore
Camelback Mountain is ideal for hiking whether you’re an expert or new to the scene. You can move at whatever pace is comfortable. There are four trails, and each has a different difficulty level. For an easier journey, choose the Ramada Loop or Bobby’s Rock Trail. In less than one hour, you can still enjoy the brilliance of the mountain without having to strain yourself or worry about time.
Test Your Skills
If you prefer a challenge, try the Cholla or Echo Canyon Trail. Each leads to the summit, but Cholla is a longer path snaking through the mountain. You’ll see more wildlife and mid-climb views there. Echo Canyon is steeper and more strenuous. It varies in intensity, so you’ll cross both small and large rocks while dealing with low or steep slopes. No matter which trail you choose, the payoff at the end is phenomenal.
Learn as You Climb
To get even more from your experience, consider climbing with a certified guide. You’ll learn intriguing facts about the mountain, its flora and fauna, the surrounding landscape and the Sonoran Desert. Your guide will also stop occasionally and take pictures of you and your group. Once you accomplish your goal, you’ll be able to buy discounted merchandise to prove you defeated the camel.
Reap the Benefits of Hiking
Hiking in the fresh air offers numerous advantages. It can improve your balance and develop core strength. It strengthens your lower body and deters weight gain as well. Hiking in all forms also improves blood pressure, lowers the risk of heart disease and boosts bone density. Even your mood will be enhanced because this type of exercise lowers anxiety and stress levels.
With its distinct shape and an elevation of more than 2,700 feet, Camelback Mountain is an iconic backdrop for the Phoenix and Scottsdale areas. It’s conveniently located just 20 minutes from our hotel, so you can plan a fun day of hiking without wasting time on travel. Our staff can provide directions and helpful tips so that you can fully enjoy the splendor and tranquility of mountain climbing.
Dear Photographers, Hikers and Climbers,
If your photos are posted on this blog post it is because your images have caught our eye, we love all of them!
Thank you so much for giving us permission to share your photos and for letting others enjoy and experience your adventure!