Today I’m sharing another part of my quick trip to Scottsdale: hiking Camelback Mountain. Now, one would typically imagine the desert to be pretty flat, and that is true. If you happen to be in one of the rare taller buildings in the Scottsdale area, you can see pretty far in most directions. However, there are many small clusters of mountains in the area (many within the city limits) and a lot of hiking trails. So, we made sure to pack some workout gear so we could partake in some hiking. We choose the Cholla Trail on Camelback Mountain in the heart of Scottsdale.
This a view of the start of the hike looking to the top.
It was a warm, sunny day that so we knew we would to take LOTS of water with us and extra sunscreen. As we were rounding up our things to pack up, it occurred to us….neither of us had a backpack to put the stuff in. So, we hiked 2700 ft to the summit with….regular shoulder bags.
Having no idea the real level of hiking required, we blindly thought that despite looking like weirdos, carrying these bags would be no big deal. Hmm, what naive hikers were were. There were some spots where we were scaling up the side of the rock so having a shoulder bag flailing around messing with your balance was NOT ideal. Doable, but no ideal. However, despite this small hindrance we enjoyed the workout and lovely desert views.
And we made it all the way. This a view looking down from the top. So many tiny houses with itsy bitsy pools….
And the panoramic views were just stunning.
It was a tougher hike than we expected but we were very happy we did it.
The only negative thing about my hike? Let me paint a picture for you….the temperature is about 30 degrees Celsius, you have been drinking a lot of water to stay hydrated, and Cholla Trail has no Porta-potties. Not only THAT, but there is nowhere to pop-a-squat even if you were desperate (and I was desperate). On a wooded hiking trail you can jump into the bushes, on this desert mountain trail there was nowhere to go where I wouldn’t have been fully visible to all the other hikers. Soooo, needless to say it was a highly uncomfortable descent down Camelback for this girl. Good thing is was so beautiful.
Have a great day!