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Camelback Mountain Preserve- Phoenix, AZ

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posted on Dec, 16 2009 @ 08:30 PM
I just recently moved to Phoenix, AZ and would like to share some of the natural wonders here in the Valley of the Sun. Today I hiked up (and down) Camelback Mountain, which is totally surrounded by the City of Phoenix, from the Echo Canyon Trailhead (elev. 1,440 feet) to the summit (elev. 2,704 feet), a distance of 1.2 miles, then down the east side to the Cholla Trailhead (elev. 1,504 feet), a distance of 1.5 miles. Here are the pictures I took along the way.

Looking up the trail in Echo Canyon

South wall of Echo Canyon

Looking west from the top of Echo Canyon towards Downtown Phoenix

Fairly vertical rockface just past the top of Echo Canyon from the bottom (notice the handrail)

Same spot from the top

Northeast view from about half way point

North view from same spot

Northwest view from same spot

Holiday Greetings from the top of Camelback Mountain

Eastern view from the summit of Scottsdale

Southeastern view and the way down (notice trail in distance)

Downtown Phoenix from the summit

From the bottom looking back to the west

Alot of the pictures I took were somewhat fuzzy and the the video was shaky as hell (had to concentrate on my footing), so next time I will take my tripod and post more here.

posted on Dec, 16 2009 @ 08:50 PM
Absolutely gorgeous! I'm envious of the hiking. lol

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