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“Camelback with Santa”
Review of Camelback Mountain

Camelback Mountain
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

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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Reviewed 1 April 2018

We did the Cholla trail. Note that you cannot park in the residential area where the trailhead is located. The entire trail is exposed to the sun, so bring water and wear sunscreen. The trail is well groomed with lots of stairs leading up to the top. We were informed that there are 36 markers along the way, which makes it easy to know where you are in the hike. The first 2/3 are pretty easy with a steady climb up. After that, it's more of a scramble to the top. Beautiful views of the city and worth the hike!

1  Thank Mindy G
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Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

I was really looking forward to this hike because I had heard so many great reviews. It was terrible. Maybe because I’m comparing it to all the hikes we had taken in Sedona, but I really don’t think that is it. We decided on the Cholla trail and got there at 8 am on a Thursday, and still had to park over a mile away from the trailhead. The trail is PACKED and ascends quickly. It’s hard to go at a slow or even moderate pace because there are always a ton of people on your back pushing you to go faster. This isn’t a good combination with all the loose gravel over the rocks, it’s easy to lose your footing and slip and fall, which I did a few times. You can move over to the side and let people pass, but since there are so many people constantly coming through it would take you a long time to climb if you kept doing that. I will say I’m very fit and wore hiking shoes, so I’m not some idiot trying to do it in flip flops or something. Someone did slip and hit their head towards the summit and had to be airlifted off the mountain by the EMT helicopter. I imagine this happens quite often. If you don’t get a chance to go to the much better hikes in Sedona and this is your only option, then I guess I would do it, but make sure you get there REALLY early to try and avoid the crowds.

Thank Melanie M
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Reviewed 30 March 2018 via mobile

No dogs so we parked the car at a nearby parking lot and hiked the neighborhoods around the mountain. Very nice and loved checking out the architecture form the 60's to the present. We had a nice 3.5 mile walk and doggie got to go too

Thank MontanaLaura
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Reviewed 30 March 2018 via mobile

Beautiful!!!! Great for hiking. Use caution if inexperienced. Great place for sunset views. Loved it.

1  Thank Sandy B
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