Your question: How hard is the Camelback mountain hike?

Both are rated extremely difficult. The Echo Canyon hike is the more rugged of the two and requires steep climbs and scrambling over large rocks. The Cholla Trail, while a little bit less strenuous, is also a little bit longer. The beginning of the hike is easy, with switchbacks and even terrain.

Can I hike Camelback alone?

Camelback Mountain Echo Canyon trail parking

With one of the most renowned urban hikes in Arizona, let alone the United States, you can expect parking will be a challenge. There is an upper and lower parking lot for the Echo Canyon trail and the entrance for both is at 4925 E McDonald Drive, Phoenix.

Is Echo or Cholla harder?

The Echo Canyon Trail is 1.3 miles one way to the mountain summit. While both hikes have the same hike rating, Cholla is known as being slightly easier.

Why is Cholla Trail closed?

The trail closed in March 2020 after a boulder, loosened by recent rain, injured a hiker. The city of Phoenix set to work immediately on rock remediation to secure the trail and repair damage done by the 500,000 or so people that hike both Cholla and Echo Canyon Trails each year.

Which is better Echo Canyon or Cholla?

Echo Canyon is by far the more popular route up, with a nice parking lot and railings along the tricky spots, leaving Cholla to the more adventurous. The other reason is access. The trailhead for Echo Canyon is gated and guarded until sunrise.

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How many calories do you burn hiking Camelback Mountain?

5 – 2.5 HOURS rt • ELEVATION GAIN: 1,264 FEET (90 STORIES) • APPROX. CALORIES BURNED: 410-460 rt • BEST TIME OF YEAR: oct. – april • PETS: no • KID FRIENDLY: Not so much • FACILITIES: YES • FEES: none.

Which Camelback trail is best?

Choose The Right Trail

The Cholla Trail is longer, at about 1.5 miles one-way, making the climb a bit more gradual. The first mile climbs steadily along a route that is fairly easy to follow. The final half-mile or so transitions to steep terrain that requires rock scrambling.

Do you need hiking boots for Camelback Mountain?

It’s not required, but it helps ensure a witness for your day’s hike and a second set of eyes to say, “no way man, we both have pneumonia and should not climb 300 vertical feet.” Don’t let the dry gravel of Camelback make you a victim. Wear hiking boots or shoes that have good grip and traction.

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