Silver Sage Magazine headed towards Camelback on a beautiful day in December. Parking was kind of a pain for some - roadside parking, very crowded, added to the walk since we had to park fairly far away. TIP: Get there early in order to park closer and to avoid the crowds.
We heard that Santa hikes daily and passes out candy canes at the top, so we were looking forward to seeing him.
Surprisingly, Santa had a late start and we found him on the trail making his way to the top!
The trail is well maintained; however, it is rocky, steep and slippery. Good footwear is suggested. Also, it's a long hike depending on your fitness level. For young and old - bring water and snacks. We were famished by the time we were done. We had this sense that the hike would only be an hour or so. It definitely was more on the "or so" as it took us nearly 3 hours. Level of fitness could change that.
We saw many reviews that discussed how populated the trail was. Perhaps because it was the holiday season or a cooler day - we're not sure, but it was actually rather quiet with few people. But yes, you had to stand aside to let people pass in either direction because the trail is narrow at some points.
The view, the hike and Santa - made it all worth the while. Santa took his time, photographing himself with each person (children and adults) and you got either a lump of coal or a heart from him depending on how your year was. Take the grandchildren - they'd totally dig it!
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