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Ascent of Camelback Mountain on 2017-05-30

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Camelback Mountain
    Location:USA-Arizona
    Elevation:2704 ft / 824 m

Ascent Trip Report

Web and TRs say the Echo Canyon approach was closed for maintenance but those are old. That trail is up and running and many more people come up that way! Not knowing and having little time after my plane landed, I rushed to the Cholla Trailhead. I was confused by the GPS tracks on the TRs but now I see why. You can not park at the actual TH. You have to park in the R/W along Invergordan Road between the signs and only during daylight hours. Still it was like 5:30 PM when I got there at the end of May and it was 101F outside. I took plenty of liquid and headed up. I saw several locals on the trail - most did not even bring a pint of water! Yikes.....

This is a very good hike. The trail is sound and rocky and has great views and easily followed and maintained. Once you get past the first subpeak, the trail morphs from classic class 1 to rocky class 1+ to scampering 2+.....If you try real hard you can essentially pick you way all the way to the top with class 2+ and little hand touches but the class 3 opportunities all around the top portion of the trail are very safe and with great hand and foot holds so you can do as much class 3 as you like. At the summit, a local man told me that this approach is a little longer, has steeper sections and flatter sections along the ridge. He thinks the scrambling has more exposure on this side. But most people come from the west trail head. There was nothing along this trail that I would call "exposed" it was all easy class 3 or below but a nice urban hike.

I must bring Karen here sometime it is her type of hike. Oh but warning..........no dogs allowed by city ordinance!

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1444 ft / 439 m
    Total Elevation Loss:90 ft / 27 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Grade/Class:1,2,3
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Hot, Breezy, Clear
101 F at 7PM!
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1404 ft / 427 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1354 ft / 413 m; Extra: 50 ft / 15m
    Loss on way in:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:Cholla Trail
    Start Trailhead:Invergordan Road street parking  1350 ft / 411 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:40 ft / 12 m
    Gain on way out:40 ft / 12 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:same
    End Trailhead:same  



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