Epic Camelback Mountain Guided Hiking Adventure in Phoenix, Arizona

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Camelback Hiking Adventure
  • 3 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Unless you’re a pro at exploring mountains solo, you’ll enjoy this Camelback Mountain Guided Hiking Adventure that takes you to the mountain’s peak with a guide who is either an EMT or wilderness first responder. A guide safely takes you through the strenuous trail that involves a bit of rock climbing, too, while showing you secrets of the mountain very few people know about.
  • Go to the top of Camelback Mountain under the safety of a guide
  • See 360-degree views of Phoenix and the Sonoran Desert
  • A strenuous hike with hands-on rock climbing for those craving adventure
  • Backpack use, bottled water, and snacks are provided for a stress-free hike

What's Included

  • Snacks
  • Bottled water
  • Backpacks
  • Sunscreen
  • Cold beverages following the hiking adventure
  • Professional, certified adventure guide
  • Gratuities

Meeting and Pickup

Meeting point

  • Echo Canyon Trailhead
    E McDonald Dr, Phoenix, AZ 85018, USA

    Your Mad Desert Trekking guide will meet you outside the Echo Canyon Trailhead building off E. McDonald Drive. Please note that the parking lot is sometimes full and you may have to wait for a parking spot. Uber and Lyft will drop off at the trailhead.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a strong physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Featured review
We were very glad Laurel was our guide. I would recommend her to anyone and would insist on hiring her again if we ever visit Phoenix again. A+++


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Best Hike Ever!
Shadell_W, Apr 2024
Liz was an awesome tour guide! It was our first time, and she was great! Definitely recommend! Amazing experience
Request Liz!
Dena_c, Apr 2024
Liz is the best! I don’t think we would have made it to the summit without her. We were all a little nervous before the scramble and with her leading the way, our confidence kicked in and we all had so much fun. It’s definitely challenging but so rewarding. We loved all of her local knowledge and fun personality too!
Matt is an amazing guide,...
SUKI_S, Feb 2024
Matt is an amazing guide, so knowledgeable and fun to hang out with! The whole experience from start to finish was fantastic!
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Thanks Suki! We are so glad to hear Mad Desert Trekking wasn't a mirage in the desert for you! Sounds like your full traverse of Camelback Mountain was an adventure to remember. We strive to make every hike fantastic, from the first step to the breathtaking views at the top. Thanks for choosing us for your desert exploration! Keep exploring in your travels, and visit us again!
Victoria_B, Jan 2024
Liz was amazing, best guide ever! Can’t believe I made it to the top!!!! So worth the trip. Ask for Liz she will have you holding a smile the entire time.
December 2023
Derek_S, Jan 2024
We had an amazing day hiking Camelback Mountain! David was such an awesome guide. He reached out to us the day before to give us some details - meeting point, parking etc. This was very helpful. He really made it a memorable experience. It was a challenging hike for sure and David kept us motivated and focused throughout the entire hike. Derek and Patti
Challenge & Accomplishment
Sandra_L, Jan 2024
We are not much of hikers but we really wanted to do this trail and Joseph was extremely patient with us. He guided us along the trail safely to the peak, made sure we gave breaks and had water and snacks for us. It was really a great challenge and victory for us. Highly recommend this tour.
Laurel is a great guide. Hire her.
Robert_B, Jan 2024
We were very glad Laurel was our guide. I would recommend her to anyone and would insist on hiring her again if we ever visit Phoenix again. A+++
Fun experience - it is an extremely difficult climb up and back down!
Kavitha_A, Dec 2023
One of the toughest outdoor experiences for me in recent times - bouldering the Camelback! Could not have done it without our tour guide, Michael. Did a great job pacing me and my younger and more physically fit son. Also turned out to be a great photographer - did some great shots of us!
Awesome tour with Cooper....
Tom_L, Dec 2023
Awesome tour with Cooper. He knew the mountain very well as well as the surrounding floral and fauna. Would highly recommend this to anyone looking for an adventure in Scottsdale.
Camelback hike
Linda_A, Oct 2023
John was a fabulous guide! Very informative and helpful. Loved the hike and views!! Amazing. It’s a bit challenging at the top so make sure you are fit!
Mae_S, Oct 2023
This was an amazing hiking experience with an amazing guide! Couldn’t recommend it enough. Thank you.
Kyle_S, Oct 2023
The hike was amazing. Matt was an incredible guide. He gave us the peace of mind and confidence to simply enjoy the beauty of our surroundings and focus on the hike. He was prepared with anything we would need from a safety standpoint and he was able to point out interesting facts along the way that we would have missed on our own. We were surprised with some of the challenges of the terrain. We are novice but we were able to make it to the top and felt like we had really accomplished something when we were done. All around great experience. Thanks Matt!
Great workout, great views
Michael_F, Oct 2023
Great way to start the day with a strenuous hike. Michael made the trip a little less daunting with showing us the way up the trickier sections, explaining the terrain, plant-life, fauna, and history of the area. It’s a good workout with a very rewarding view at the top. Highly recommend this hiking tour!
Great Climb Though A Tad Toasty
Karen_G, Jul 2023
July 2 through July 10 was the only time I could get to Scottsdale this year. Friends have just moved here, family events made scheduling tricky and so here I am. I wanted to hike and there aren’t a lot of tours going out in the summer (cos it’s 80,000 degrees). I wanted to climb Camelback and Viator is running one hike a day. Matt was my guide and he was fantastic. Knowledgeable, encouraging and an all around nice guy. We started at 5:30 AM on the Echo Canyon trail. People were already finishing the climb as we started. Up is super challenging and does include a good bit of scrabbling. But the views! I felt well hydrated. Down was harder for me. I was not going to jump rock to rock as some of the more experienced (and/or foolish) climbers could do. We got hit with some good strong sun. Matt knew what to do when I started getting nauseous and got me down that mountain (though I did suggest he just roll me off the side at one point 🤪). We got to the top! Thank you for everything!
Hope_P, Jun 2023
This hike was seriously my favorite part of the trip! It is very hard but definitely doable for mostly everyone, I loved that we had guides to give us tips and tricks about arizona and everything that was seen on the hike! The guides were super helpful in every aspect especially since this was our first time! They brought us snacks and cold water for when we got to the top! They were super personable and very easy to talk to, extremely kind people! I would definitely do this hike again and now have fallen in love with hiking! I will be hiking as often as I can from now on!! If you are thinking about doing this hike.. DO IT!! It’s so worth it! Also cannot speak more highly of the guides!!
MaryZurbriggen_M, May 2023
Very fun climb. Matt our guide was very knowledgeable about the mountain and trail. It was very fun.
Checked this off of our bucket list.
GLENN_I, Apr 2023
This is and extreme double diamond climb but our guide, Matt, was amazing. This guy is the real deal. Has hiked and climbed most of the top peaks in America and the world.. Climbed part of Mount Everest. If you are visiting Phoenix and in shape, this climb is a must.
Wonderful hike to great views in every direction
Jeff_M, Apr 2023
Ryan was a wonderful guide. He was informative and attentive to our needs in terms of pace, breaks, water, snacks and everything we needed for this hike. This hike is strenuous and he carefully picked a route through boulder fields and steeper inclines. We were rewarded with fantastic views and a real sense of accomplishment. He shared interesting stories about his adventure sports and really made this hike special for us.
Must do challenging hike!
Kristen_P, Apr 2023
Liz was fantastic and gave me such confidence as this was my first ever hike! Talk about a challenge for an averagely fit 52 year old. So rewarding and fun. A must do when you visit the area! Go early to avoid the heat.
Going to the Top
Lel_H, Apr 2023
My guided tour with Matt was wonderful. He kept me motivated the entire day. His knowledge of the plants and animal life were very impressive; I learned quite a lot from him. But above all else, I love that he is a protector of Camelback Rock!

From $145.00

Price varies by group size

up to 24 hours before the experience starts (local time)

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