Scottsdale, AZ: Camelback Mountain Hike
Located 10 mins from the Scottsdale Promenade and 20 mins from downtown Phoenix, Camelback Mountain is the perfect spot to experience views of both Scottsdale and Phoenix.
There are two different hiking trails on this mountain, Cholla Trail and Echo Trail. To tell you the truth, I am not sure the difference between the two, or which one I hiked, but what I can tell you is the view from the top was amazing, like the photo below. I am not an experienced hiker at all, and this hike was doable, but not overly challenging.
Some words of advice for this hike- Plan for parking delays. I hiked this area on a Saturday morning, which seemed like a popular weekend activity. It took me over 45 mins to find parking. There were several parking patrols passing out tickets for cars parked illegally.
I visited AZ in early November, which the weather was very comfortable to do this hike. I would not recommend it in the middle of the summer heat.
The top of this mountain is extremely photogenic, making it the perfect location for photo shoots. I teamed up with Scottsdale Event Photography to have a shoot, like the below photo.