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Cholla Trail - Camelback Mountain

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Because it gains elevation over a longer distance, the Cholla Trail is slightly less steep than the Echo Canyon Summit Trail and tends to follow the "backbone" or ridge of Camelback Mountain. It is still extremely difficult and  is recommended only for people capable of intense physical activity. This trail offers little shade but decent views of several golf courses that ring the base of the mountain.  Hikers can expect a steady climb with short steep sections of trail and, near the top, a fairly exposed section of ridge hiking.  No other designated trails disembark off the Cholla Trail; this trail eventually joins the Echo Canyon Summit Trail at the summit of Camelback Mountain.

Remember this is desert country, bring ample water, a hat and proper clothing to protect yourself from the sun.

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: 33.513584

Longitude: -111.948419

Length: 1.6 miles

Elevation: 1460' at the trailhead


Location: Trailhead parking is located on the east side of Camelback Mountain along N. invergordon Road Between Camelback Road and Cholla Lane. Park on the west side of the road and walk north to Cholla Lane. Turn Left and walk approximately 1/3 of a mile to the trailhead on the left. A small sign designated the traihead.


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

Hiking Time: 1.5 to 3 hours roundtrip depending on speed.

Rating: Moderate to Strenuous.



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