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Bobby Rock Trail - Camelback Mountain

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Bobby Rock Trail is a less demanding trail in the Camelback Mountains. The views are none the less outstanding. This trailhead is at the Summit trailhead parking area. Follow the trail for the first few step down and look for a sign marking the trail.

Geology, flora and fauna

The “head” of Camelback Mountain, which comprises the area of Echo Canyon Recreation Area, is made up of layered sandstone. The hump primarily is composed of granite that, in geologic terms, is much older than the sedimentary rock that makes up the head section of the mountain. Because it's surrounded by residential development, large mammals are not normally found in the park. Smaller animals typical of the Sonoran Desert populate the park including cottontail rabbits, snakes, lizards, Harris antelope squirrels as well as a variety of birds. Rattlesnakes are common on the trail. If you see one, allow it space and time to escape. Plant species are typical of those found in the lower Sonoran Desert and include saguaro, barrel, hedgehog, pincushion, jumping cholla, christmas, staghorn, cholla and prickly pear cacti. Tree species include palo verde, mesquite and ironwood, along with the ocotillo plant.

At a Glance

Open Season: Year 'round Sunrise to Sunset
Usage: Heavy
Closest Towns: Phoenix
Operated By:

City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department

Park Ranger Office: (602) 261-8318

General Information

Latitude: 33.521441

Longitude: -111.973921

Length: 0.5 miles Roundtrip

Elevation: 1440' at the trailhead


Location: Located South of E. Lincoln Dr. and Tatum Blvd. Head South from E. Lincoln Dr.and Tatum Blvd. and turn left on E. mcDonald Drive and turn immediately right on N. Echo Canyon Parkway to the parking area.


  • trails for hiking
  • unique rock formations
  • great scenery
  • wildlife viewing

Hiking Time: Less than an hour

Rating: Easy



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