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Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-28-2014, 09:04 PM  
Landscape Camelback Mountain
Posted By scratchpaddy
Replies: 14
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Believe me, the hike itself is far easier than finding a parking spot on the weekend! :lol:

The summit elevation is 2,704 ft, while the surrounding city is between 1,100 and 1,300 ft. The trailhead starts at 1,470 feet, but the nearest parking is 100 feet below that, half a mile away.

Thanks! I like that one, too. Somehow, I wound up with very few pictures of Skippy on that hike, but one good one is better than many okay ones. ;)

You sure have yourself a wonderful little corner of the country over there. It's something I'd love to see someday, in person. :)

Thank you. The people were hard to avoid, so I thought I'd make the most of it. ;)

Thanks, Tess! I don't think I ever would have come to Phoenix if my job hadn't all but forced me to do so, but now I'm so glad I'm here. So many things to see!

Well, I hope you'll at least consider some of our less crowded (and less strenuous) destinations instead. You'll never get rained out around here. :D

Ever the pragmatist. :lol:

Echo Canyon Trail is currently open again to hikers, but dogs are not allowed until June 15th of this year. I have no idea what makes it okay for people, but not dogs, or what exactly changes on June 15th, but hey, I don't make the rules. :confused:

That's a shame about rock climbing. Scottsdale has too many stuffy rich people. :(

Thanks! It gets better: that couple does the hike four or five times a week. :eek:
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-26-2014, 08:54 PM  
Landscape Camelback Mountain
Posted By scratchpaddy
Replies: 14
Views: 1,162
Thanks, Dave! I wouldn't mind being only a few hours from those Adirondacks of yours. :)

Thanks Bela! I actually don't mind all the people on the mountain. Everyone I met was courteous about sharing the narrow and occasionally treacherous trail. Plus, the human element adds interest to the pictures. The parking situation could certainly use improvement, though.

The mountains you see off to the east (most of the pictures face that way) are the Superstitions, which are also popular. If you go beyond them, though, you can have the whole world to yourself. I've been on a few hikes way out there, past Lake Roosevelt, and I might see one or two people while hiking all day. Maybe none.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-26-2014, 06:51 PM  
Landscape Camelback Mountain
Posted By scratchpaddy
Replies: 14
Views: 1,162
The valley the Phoenix area occupies is generally very flat, but a few mountains crop up straight out of the city streets. The tallest of those is Camelback Mountain, rising about 1,200 feet (~370m) above the city below.

Since it's the highest place in the heart of a city of four million, it attracts a ton of visitors. The city website repeatedly tries to dissuade you from hiking there: the trail's harder than you think it is, it's really crowded, you'll never find a parking space, it's really hot, etc... :lol:

I went there at sunrise on a weekday morning, as weekend visits are all but impossible except to the few who find parking first.

I had actually meant to hike the Valley's second tallest peak that morning. I had gotten there just before sunrise, only to find a sign that said dogs aren't allowed. :mad: So, I wandered over to Camelback instead. This was my first visit, and I didn't know exactly how to get there, but a mountain is hard to miss. I found it quick enough, and figured out where I had to park on my second circuit around the mountain. Camelback is tall, but not that big otherwise.

All the city's fitness gurus were on the trail already. I'm not much for fitness. I just like to walk. ;)

There's a helipad just before the trail's difficult section begins. Most who just came to jog turn around here; the final section is mostly done on all fours.

I found this guy in blue again while I was on my way back down. He was scrambling up a very steep area which was not actually part of the trail; he'd lost track of it, which is easy to do if you're in a rush.

I had to let Skippy off the leash for the last section. I needed all four limbs to climb, and she could do a lot better scrambling up the rocks without me holding her back. She was much better at it than I was, really.

This jogger was not about to let a little scrambling stop him, or even slow him down much at all.

These two were taking their time. She was, anyway. He seemed happy to wait.

The summit is a good place to show off your battle scars to the ladies. :p

I like this sign. "Cholla Trail: Straight Down." It's accurate. ;) I hear the trail up the other side (Echo Canyon) is more difficult, though. :confused:

For scale, you can see someone still at the summit in this picture.

I met these two fitness gurus back at the helipad. Climbing a mountain is not enough! We need pushups and jumping jacks too. :hmm:

They had a dog named Napa. Unlike his owners, he seemed sane enough. ;)

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