I’m currently on a 24 day work trip with most days lasting 12-15 hours long…. but I still make time for “ME” to get some fresh air, clear my mind and take advantage of the cool places that I have the opportunity to visit while traveling!
This morning started at 5:00am and I was wide-awake and at the base of Camelback Mountain in Paradise Valley, AZ ready for a new adventure. I love hiking this mountain – I’ve done the Echo Canyon trail dozens of times. But apparently Saturday morning is THE time to hike so I couldn’t get into the Echo Canyon lot and was forced to explore a new trail on the other side of the mountain (aka the Camels Butt – it’s not called that but it makes it easy to find the trail).
The Cholla Trailhead is right off of East Cholla Road in a beautiful neighborhood – but you can’t actually park in the neighborhood (there are signs everywhere and a park ranger who will you direct you out of the neighborhood. My suggestion if you are considering doing the hike is to park off of North Invergordon Road – just north of the Phoenician Resort. There is limited street parking, but if you are able to snag one of those spots you are only a 3rd of a mile from the trail! The Echo Canyon trail has its own parking lot, rest room and water fountain – Cholla, not so much. Make sure you have plenty of water and use the bathroom before you hit the trail – because there aren’t any services on this trail. AND Cholla has ZERO protection from the sun. Echo faces east so you are able to take advantage of some of the mountains natural shade and Cholla doesn’t have any shade or overhead covering.
After doing both trails, I’m still an Echo Fan… But I think Cholla was fun to give me a new perspective and see new parts of Camelback Mountain (and the Camels butt).
So I had a fun 3 mile hike as the sun rose over the valley of the sun! Check out a quick video I made from the adventure!
Shout out to:
GoPro – I never Adventure without it!
Nike+Run Club App – I love the shoutouts during my workouts!
Strava – because if you didn’t post the workout, it didn’t happen!