You have to try it!
We have attempted to summit Camelback Mountain on two different dates. The first time, the sun set before we got to the top so we had to turn around. The second time, everyone and their dog (literally) decided to hike Camelback that day which made for a very crowded trail.
I’m determined to make it to the top eventually! It’s a fun and challenging hike. I say challenging but families bring their small children and hike it together. I secretly hope they don’t make it to the top because it would be sad if some 7 year-old can beat me out on a hike.
I’m from North Carolina where our hiking trails are surrounded by trees and only at a look out point can you see the valleys below. Here in Arizona you can see the valleys below the entire time. No trees. Lots of rock. I love hiking Camelback because I think I’m rock climbing. Mr. Layland is less convinced.
I’ll admit, the first time we hiked it I was still new to the landscape of Arizona and was amazed at the very rock I stood on. The second time, I was less amazed and really just wanted to get to the top. The mountain never ended though! The trail kept going and going and going. It got to a point where I was convinced there WAS no summit and in fact, this was just a rouse to get people to hike this never-ending mountain. Then it occurred to me that as much as we had climbed UP we now had to climb DOWN. I would have made a terrible pioneer because the thought of going back down that mountain almost made me cry.
That’s when I decided that Camelback should have a chairlift with a few stations along the way. So when you’re me & all you want to do is be done and get a chocolate Frosty at Wendy’s — you can hop on that chairlift and move on with your life!
Mr. Layland stayed positive the whole time and I know that the next, and possibly last time we hike Camelback he will be there by my side, encouraging me to keep going.
Here is my advice on hiking Camelback: bring lots of water (a chocolate Frosty wouldn’t hurt) and don’t feel too bad if you don’t make it to the top! Try again next time!
That’s life with Mr. Layland & Me!