Hiking Camelback Mountain-Tips

Camel Back MountainCamelback Mountain is an absolutely beautiful mountain to hike. When you get to the top, you are 2,704 feet about sea level . To reach the summit, you have to hike about 1,200 feet in elevation and will have traveled a distance of about 1.2 miles. It takes anywhere from 16 min to about an hour to hike up the mountain.

When you get to the top, you can see 360 degrees around Phoenix and the surrounding suburbs. Many people take pictures at the top. They also tend to linger too long…

Accordingly, here are some tips to remember when you hike Camelback Mountain.

  1. Dress appropriately.
  2. Bring enough water. Drink while going up and while hiking down. A 12 ounce bottle isn’t enough.
  3. Wear ear buds or turn off the music. No one else wants to hear your music.
  4. Hikers going up the mountain have the right-of-way. This means that when you are going down and reach a narrow area, move out of the way and let the people hiking up, go through the narrow area first.
  5. If you take a break, move off the path so other hikers can get by.
  6. At the top, take a short break, take your pictures, drink your water and hike down as quickly and as safely as possible. Why do you think the parking lot is always full? People are lingering too long…
  7. Don’t litter.
  8. Have fun.

It is great exercise, a great place to meet friends for an activity, and a great place to meet new people. Following these few tips will make it even better.


Jerald S. Altman, M.D. is an Otolaryngologist-Head and Neck Surgeon (ENT doctor) and is the coauthor of Don’t Stick Sticks Up Your Nose! Don’t Stuff Stuff In Your Ears! He was recognized as a Phoenix Top Doc in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013. Dr. Altman loves taking care of children’s ear, nose, and throat issues. After publishing many peer-reviewed journal articles, he recognized the need for a children’s book dealing with a common problem in his practice. He also hikes Camelback Mountain nearly every week.

Check out our website at www.dontstickdontstuff.com. Follow @dontstickdont on Twitter and “Like” us at Don’t Stick Sticks Up Your Nose! Don’t Stuff Stuff In Your Ears! on Facebook. For questions, contact Dr. Altman at Jerry@dontstickdontstuff.com


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *