PLEASE READ: HIKE CAMELBACK SUPPORTS HIKING SEASON OCTOBER - APRIL. IF YOU CHOOSE TO HIKE IN ARIZONA'S SUMMER MONTHS, PACK PLENTY OF WATER, HIKE EARLY IN THE AM AND IN THE EVENING BEFORE SUNSET. AVOID MID-DAY HOURS. TAKE BREAKS. HIKE SMART.
Hiking Camelback Mountain is a seriously rewarding experience and seriously not for everyone.
You don't want to be that person who needs to have a helicopter come lift them off the mountain. It happens hundreds of times a year.
If you are prepared for the physically demanding climb, please remember the following suggestions:
It's hot and you're sweating and there's nothing your body needs more than its main fuel source: water.
Bring a buddy! It's not required, but it helps ensure a witness for your day's hike and a second set of eyes to say, "no way man, we both have pneumonia and should not climb 300 vertical feet."
Don't let the dry gravel of Camelback make you a victim. Wear hiking boots or shoes that have good grip and traction.
Bring your phone, just in case. Keep track of the time and place a call in case of an emergency.
Love your skin. Only you can protect it. Load up on sunscreen in AZ's blazing sun.
Know when you're reaching your limit. Know when a trail looks too difficult. Know when to rest. Listen to your body, it knows more about itself than you do.
Pre-hydrate before you dehydrate. Drink extra water 24 hours before you plan to hike.
Whether you're hiking alone or with a buddy, let someone know when you've left, when you plan to finish and which trail you're hiking.
Check to see if it'll be 120 degrees by noon before you hike. Check to see if there's a chance of rain!
Stay on Path
Follow the trails carefully. It is easy to get off course and not so easy to find help thereafter.