Camelback Mountain is a famous landmark in Phoenix Arizona that attracts hikers by the thousands to the Cholla Trail and Echo Canyon Trail each and every day of the year. The name "Camelback" comes from the distinctive shape of a camel's hump and head visible from many vantage points throughout the Valley of the Sun. I have hiked this landmark many times during my years in Arizona and I have provided here a depiction of the many red rocks, boulders, grasses, and terrain that confront me during my visits - terrain that is so well known and travelled by residents and visitors alike.
The photos featured here are artistic in nature and depict a scene that varies according to the light present when each frame was taken.
The terrain of Camelback consists of boulders, rocks, grasses, and desert shrubs. Trails wind themselves around the mountain precariously welcoming hikers to it's slopes. Although mostly rocky, there are a few saguaros on the mountain.
While efforts to secure Camelback Mountain as a preserve failed in the sixties, Senator Barry Goldwater was successful in preventing building on the higher elevated sections of the mountain. Thankfully the undeveloped parts of the mountain became a Phoenix city park in 1968. To this day, Camelback Mountain is enjoyed by many Phoenix residents, from the young to the old, from the fit to those desirous of good health. I choose to photograph this mountain because of its serenity, peace, and spirituality. Enjoy.