Camelback Mountain (Cholla Trail)

Ridgeline of Camelback mountain along the Cholla trail
Hiking the Cholla trail: Camelback mountain
Paradise valley as seen from the Cholla trail: Camelback mountain
Views from the Cholla Trail
The Cholla trail on Camelback Mountain
Chuckwalla on the Cholla trail
From the top of Camelback Mountain
Cholla trail - Camelback mountain
Map: Cholla trail at Camelback mountain
Elevation plot: Cholla trail


How to Get There
This hike is located in Phoenix, AZ.

From Camelback Road, turn North on Invergordon Rd. Park along Invergordon Road. Walk to Cholla Lane and turn West. The trailhead is about 0.25 miles walk along Cholla Lane. There is no parking or facilities at the trailhead. There is no parking available along Cholla Lane, as this is a residential area. Please don't try to park here and jeopardize hiking access to this trailhead.
Camelback Mountain
Paradise Valley
Phoenix Area and Central Arizona

Hike details

3.50 [Miles] Total
Hike Distance- Details
3.5 miles round trip
2.00 [Hours]
It took us two hours with a 15 minute stop at the top for lunch.
Elevation Gain
1,500 Total Elevation Gain [Feet]
Elevation Details
Elevation change: about 1400 ft climb.
Hike Trail Type
Out and Back


Best Season
  • January
  • February
  • March
  • October
  • November
  • December
Worst Season
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
Season Details
all year (recommend hiking early AM in the summer months)
Date Hike completed
May 09, 2015


Solitude Details
This is a very popular urban hike. Expect to meet 40-100 people on this hike during a weekend.


Difficulty Rating
difficulty detail
Be Aware of: Scrambling.
30 yr old Recommendation: Quick climb with some good city views at the top. This is a Moderate hike. There is some fun and slightly challenging scrambling near the top.


Permit Info
No permits needed.
Be Aware of
Parking can be challenging, as this is a popular hike. Some scrambling is required. Frequently crowded.

Hike up Camelback mountain using the Cholla trail in Phoenix, Arizona

Camelback mountain is a popular hike, for good reason. The views from the top are spectacular and the hiking is fun. Taking the Cholla trail from the East side of the mountain requires a bit of a walk along city streets through a private neighborhood (no parking here!) to get to the trailhead. Park along the west side of Invergordon Road. and take the short 0.4 miles to the trailhead. Please be respectful of the neighborhood so we can continue to have public access to this trail.

The Cholla Trail is less steep and a bit longer (3.5 miles round trip) than the Echo Canyon trail. From the trailhead, there are excellent views of the Phoenician resort as well as some of the finer houses and resorts surrounding the mountain. As you climb, views abound from right and left. The trail is well marked and easy to follow for the first 1.5 miles. The last 0.25 miles require some scrambling. Follow the blue paint dots and yellow reflectors on the rock to stay on the route. Enjoy the views from the top!


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