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Camelback Mountain

Camelback Mountain
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Camelback Mountain is a mountain in Phoenix, Arizona, United States. The English name is derived from its shape, which resembles the hump and … See more


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Jan 3, 2023
A perfect trail for a relative rookie at hiking. We managed in regular tennis shoes, but now have the bug & might have to invest in some real hiking shoes the next time we visit AZ! Full review by victoriasH9165WM
Dec 24, 2022
Can you start the hike before sunrise or is there a gate now with the new entrance that’s closed? Wanted to do a sunrise hike. We’ve been many times and love this hike but want to try to experience t… Full review by Bill Z
Dec 24, 2022
Can't believe I did this. !st time for alot of things but I surprised myself. With the amazing Jennifer as my guide for 3 days in a row. She let me know I started with the hard hike first. Oh we… Full review by 305Toni


Climb the Praying Monk
Short, fun climb in the heart of Phoenix. The Monk is a perfect little adventure to start off, or end the day.Park at the Echo Canyon Parking Area. From the trailhead, hike up Echo trail until your reach the saddle. At the saddle, you will turn south and start taking the climbers trail to the headwall, which is just past the sign that says "caution, active bee area." Once you reach the headwall, there are multiple, easy options to start with. There are two class 4 routes and then to the right of those is a short 5.2 pitch. The 5.2 pitch is the farthest right of the three and starts right before the trail gets narrow. All these routes are bolted, so pick your favorite line, and head up. We took the 5.2 pitch, which has four bolts and then the anchors. Once up this 40 foot pitch, stay in the "baby canyon" until it opens up and you will see "The Monk" to your south. Stay on the climber trail that take you to the south east face of the tower. Once at the base of the tower, the 5.6 starts in the little cave. You will see one bolt, and then the rest of the bolts are around the corner up the slabby section of the rock. After clipping 6 bolts, you will be at the anchors on top of The Monk. Anchor in to the giant singular bolt in the middle, and then belay your buddy up the climb.On the south side of the tower, there are two anchors where you can set up your rap. This rappel will take you down the overhanging section of the tower, and ends the day with a fun, free hanging rappel. I did the rap with a single 70 meter rope- a single 60 meter would be cutting it pretty close on having your ends touch the ground.Back on the ground, take the climber trail to the west around the tower, and then head back down through that baby canyon you came up. Set up another rappel at the top of the headwall. After this rappel, head back to the main Echo Trail and in no time you'll be back at your car after a fun little adventure.

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