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Camelback Mountain

Peak Summited2021 Camelback Mountain
Type of HikeDay hike
TrailheadEcho Canyon Trailhead
Road ConditionsRoad suitable for all vehicles
Bug StatusNo bugs
Snow ConditionsSnow free
Trail ConditionsTrail in good condition

Having never hiked Piestewa Peak Summit or Camelback Mountain, I thought I would try and knock them both out on the same day – When I finished Piestewa around 5:00 PM on Wednesday I drove over to Camelback Mountain – When I arrived, I grabbed my gear and started hiking the Echo Canyon Trail – It was just before 6:00 PM and I noticed a sign stating the parking lot closed at sunset and cars still there would be issued citations – Knowing it would be impossible to finish before sunset, I returned to the car and reserved a room on Hotwire

 

I returned to Camelback Mountain around 8 AM the following day, Thursday, April 29th – Unlike the day before at Piestewa, it was clear and warm – I brought my trekking poles, but soon realized my hands needed to be free for scrambling rocks and put the poles in my pack – My gloves came in handy – I reached the summit around 10 AM – Temperature was in the mid 90's – In addition to the views at the summit, my favorite part of the hike was descending the long hand rail section backwards – It was reminiscent of the time I rappelled at the Philmont Scout Ranch in 2000 – Big fun taking huge steps  backward

Like Piestewa, the Camelback Mountain Echo Canyon Trailhead is run by the City of Phoenix, has a large parking lot and restroom with running water – No fee is required to park in the lot or hike the trails – The Echo Canyon Trail is heavily trafficked even during the week

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