Ascent of Camelback Mountain on 2019-03-30

Climber: Jon Adams

Date:Saturday, March 30, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Camelback Mountain
    Elevation:2704 ft / 824 m

Ascent Trip Report

Swore I was going to do Camelback this morning. Alarm at 0600 was easy to shut off, though. Nonetheless, quick shower and some dry oatmeal then a lot of diet Mountain Dew hydrated me.
Found a legal parking spot on McDonald Dr, right at the foot of The Sanctuary resort. No NO PARKING signs anywhere nearby. Rare for Paradise Valley, especially near Camelback.
About 1.9 miles to the Cholla trailhead. The climb up Camelback was slow with lots of pauses, sometimes for traffic but mostly 'cause I'm so out of condition.
Beautiful views and a fairly clear day, only a little dust/smog. Could see my other accomplishments: Woolsey, Table Top, The Flatiron, Newman, Sierra Estrella High Point, Quartz Peak, Picacho, and Vulture. Mt Ord finally peeked over the McDowell mountains at maybe the trail's 2000' level.
The top, as always, had a huge crowd. Lots of folks climbing this challenging little desert peak.
Went down the Echo trail, geez this is easier than coming up it!
About halfway down, a SAR team went by me up the hill. Didn't know if it was practice or for real, then learned later it was for real.
Down at Echo Canyon parking lot, walked out to McDonald and the 3/4 mile or so back to the truck. Saw Paradise Valley's finest writing parking tickets for others along the way. Fortunately, not only was the truck still there but no ticket. Mental note: this is a good parking spot for a Camelback loop hike.

5.4 mi total, 2.4 on trail.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1277 ft / 389 m
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1277 ft / 389 m
    Distance:3.3 mi / 5.3 km
    Start Trailhead:1427 ft / 434 m
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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