I have spent most of my adult life in the Phoenix area and have never previously made it to the top of Camelback Mountain. When I was in my early 20s I attempted Camelback Mountain multiple times.. I say attempted because I never did quite make it to the top. For me I think it was a mix of lack of endurance and mental strength to push through the “pain”. I’m happy to report that my husband and I decided to give it a go recently and successfully reached the top of Camelback Mountain via Echo Canyon Trial!
Looking back it was challenging but, not as hard as I recall back in the day. I don’t know if it is because I have endured having 2 children or that my mental drive and strength is tougher. I like to think it’s a combination of both. I was pretty nervous starting out because of my past failures but, once I got past the first big set of rocks with the rail I knew I could do it.
Here are some of my suggestions if you are going to attempt this hike for the first time:
1. Bring high energy snacks. (Bananas, protein bars, etc)
2. Take your time. There are places where you are grabbing and using the rocks as leverage.
3. Make sure your shoes have a good grip. Very important especially when you are coming down off the mountain.
4. Water… should be a no brainer given the location.
The hike up took us a little over an hour because I had to stop a few times and catch my breath. Once, we were ready to descend down the mountain took us about an hour for that portion. Overall it’s a “quick” hike but, taxing on the body if you aren’t big into working out. The following day my body was sore everywhere. You forget that it’s not just your legs that are helping you climb this mountain but, I used a lot of upper body to help control myself off the mountain.
I hope you get as much fulfillment as I did reaching the top of Camelback Mountain in Phoenix, Arizona!