Cholla Trail

Cholla Trail

The Cholla Trail is a 1.75 mile trek to the summit of Camelback Mountain.  The trailhead is at 1,500 feet and climbs to the 2,704 summit via the east side of this iconic Phoenix mountain.  There are great views of Phoenix, Scottsdale, and the Phoenician Resort along the way culminating with the 360 degree panorama of Phoenix and its surrounding suburbs.  This rugged trail requires traversing some steep, rocky sections near the top and scrambling over boulders along the ridge crest.  Although included in Steawrt M. Green’s Best Easy Day Hikes Phoenix, I found this hike quite challenging.  Camelback will now hold a new respect whenever I see it back-dropped against the Phoenix landscape.

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