|This evening I hiked the Echo Canyon Trail to Camelback Mountain. This is hike #1 in Stewart Green's book. Round trip distance 2.3 miles, 1300 feet elevation gain.|
|To reach the trailhead from Scottsdale, go west on McDonald Drive, south on Echo Canyon Parkway to trailhead. This trail is very popular; I've read that parking can be a problem. But not on this Wednesday evening in July, with temperature of 104 degrees!|
|The trail is landscaped for a very short distance.|
|Camelback Mountain comes into view after reaching a small saddle at about 1/4 mile.|
|There are two stretches which are very, very steep. Footing can be slippery so hand rails are provided.|
|More hand rails.|
|After the hand rails, the boulder-filled canyons. Like walking up tall, rough, uneven steps from here to the top!|
|Pause at a small saddle.|
|Same view for those who would prefer it without me.|
|Still more boulders.|
|View towards Scottsdale.|
|View towards downtown Phoenix.|
|The descent. At my age, I find going down boulder fields to be much more difficult than going up: my knees and my depth perception aren't what they used to be!|
One final look back to Camelback Mountain.
Go here to see Camelback Mountain via the Cholla Trail.
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