Camelback Mountain Preserve

Camelback Mountain, with granite rock and sandstone dating back millions of years, is an Arizona landmark that serves at the icon of the Arcadia area. Now more than a City Park, the additional protection that Mountain Preserve status provides will benefit current Phoenicians and future generations.

Camelback Mountain gets its name from the unique silhouette it casts on the Valley skyline. It is considered one of the nation's top hiking destinations and attracts visitors from around the world.  However, the two main trails that comprise the vast majority of hiking opportunities are rated Extremely Difficult; subjecting hikers to steep elevation gains, very uneven terrain, and a traverse that is unprotected from the elements. Only experienced hikers, whom are following "Take a Hike. Do it Right" guidelines, during optimal weather conditions, should attempt to hike to the summit that sits 2,704 feet above sea level and provides exceptional views of the valley.  [more information]


Cholla Trail

The Cholla Trailhead is accessed by hiking up a residential street [Cholla lane]. As popularity of this access point to the Camelback Mountain Preserve has grown significantly in the past few years, the problems for the neighbors living on this street have now become alarming.

The Cholla Trailhead is accessed by hiking up a residential street [Cholla lane]. As popularity of this access point to the Camelback Mountain Preserve has grown significantly in the past few years, the problems for the neighbors living on this street have now become alarming.

If the trail cannot be relocated immediately, then close the Cholla Trail until the relocation of the easement can occur. Hikers can still hike Camelback Mountain through Echo Canyon where there are restroom facilities, water, parking and Rangers to close the trail at night.

While there is a ready solution to the problems, the Phoenician Resort is “stonewalling” progress on a new trailhead away from any residences. The ACMNA has resolved to help these neighbors by bearing on City officials to expedite the relocation of the trailhead to an existing easement on the north end of the Phoenician Resort. [read The ACMNA position letter here]

 More information regarding the location of the new trailhead can be found [here]