A Desert Delight: Hiking Camelback Mountain*Scottsdale AZ

Camelback Mountain:   Elevation: 2707 feet  Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Paradise Valley area  DIRECTIONS
An adventure in the desert mountains is an exciting venture to take on. Then add the heat element of 109 degrees to the equation and you have a challenge.

As we ponder the idea of possibly making Arizona our home, we wanted to visit the desert as often as possible throughout the Summertime, and try to get a grasp of what life would be like living there during this time of the year.
So we set out to hiking Camelback Mountain on a lovely hot weekend in June.


Our road trip to Arizona went very smooth and was an enjoyable ride. We had our car prepared and ready to drive through the heat and here is my previous blog article I wrote about prepping for a weekend roadtrip. We awoke around 6:30am and enjoyed the morning as we ate breakfast, showered, and prepared for our morning hike.

We soon found out, however, that our morning hike didn’t start early enough as the thermometer proceeded to rise quickly by 10am. We set out with our water jugs, backpack and cameras for the hiking journey.  Take a look at our recap video as we take on Camelback Mountain. Check out the trail terrain, the boulder rock path climbing, and some awesome views!

This hiking trail is so very cool and interesting as it offers lots of variety and climbing as well as smoother easier parts on the trails. From trees to cactus, and rock stair switchbacks to boulder rocks, its got lots of variety.

Here are some more highlights of this incredible hiking trail.


There are some advantages to hiking the desert in the Summer as you have significantly less crowds to deal with. And it is a good idea to wear gloves for protection from the hot railings and rocks when you need to use them to assist in climbing and balance.
However, the Fall and Winter seasons would be perfect weather to hike this trail but be prepared to encounter crowded paths. This hike is also a cardio workout, and can be risky hiking in the hot summer months (heat exhaustion / heat stroke); so plan accordingly. (At least a gallon of water per person.)

Interesting bit of history:  A cave discovered on the north side of Camelback Mountain indicates that it was used as a sacred site by the prehistoric Hohokam Culture before they abandoned the area in the 14th century (Source: Wikipedia)

Sunset in Chandler, AZ

Go outside and explore! Life Maximized!

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Sunshine Blogger Award Nomination

I learned recently that fitlifeandtravel.com (aka fitlife360) was nominated for the Sunshine Blogger award by our friends at WhereGalsWander. These Gals are a true gem to the travel tribe community as they share unique inspirational stories each and every day. I am extremely grateful for all the support and encouragement the Gals and several other bloggers have shown me since I started my blog. I hope I can be just as inspiring and influential to other adventure seekers as well as other bloggers!

Sunshine Blogger Rules

Thank the blogger who nominated you and link to the original post!

Answer the 11 questions they’ve asked you.

Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 questions. My question for the nominees are included towards the end.  Enjoy!

Do you read the instructions all the way through before you get started or just get to it?

When I was younger, I usually would get right to it and not read the instructions all the way through. Now I do read instructions all the way through.

What did you do you before you started spending the majority of your time blogging?

Prior to starting my full time blogging website, I worked as a Marketing Director/ Consultant for a company and its founder for 22 years. Unfortunately, this long work relationship did not end on a happy note. But I do not allow that to control my attitude and my future endeavors. I enjoy blogging more than I ever thought I would!

Where is one place you will never travel to again?

The one place I may never travel to again is Diego Garcia. An island located in the middle of the Indian Ocean, (I was stationed here on deployment while active duty in the military) as this island is for primarily government/military purposes, and there is no civilian travel to this place. (But I sure had an extraordinary experience here).

What’s the best souvenir or purchase you made while traveling?

Since we seldom purchase ‘things’ on travel, we did recently purchase an extra fee for an extended catamaran ride to see the Painted Cave on Santa Cruz Island at Channel Islands National Park. One the best purchases we’ve ever made.

What was your very first blog about?

My first blog post was related to health and fitness called ‘The effects of temperature on exercising. https://fitlifeandtravel.com/2018/02/09/effects-of-temperature-on-exercising/

If you could road trip with anyone for 5 days, who would it be?

I would love to do a road trip with fellow sister blogger Zanne from Where Gals Wonder.com Not sure we would get many trails hiked or go too far, we’d be soaking in the surroundings and talking so much about how much we appreciate being there – right then in those moments.

What’s your biggest pet peeve?

My biggest pet peeve is when someone says they will do something,.. and they don’t.

What’s one word other people would use to describe you?

The one word people use to describe me might be is ‘smart’.

Favorite camping food?

I’ve only camped once, but if I’d go camping now, my favorite food might be grilled bunless hamburger.

The last song you listened to on your playlist?

I am old school, I do not have a playlist. But the last song I listened to on Youtube was Thousand Years, by Christina Perri. (I am learning to play this song on my piano).


Questions for nominees:

1.What is the main theme of your blog?

2.What inspired you to start your blog?

3.Do you run your blog primarily on a laptop or do you run it from your smart phone device?

4.What is your background?

5.Do you have any special skills or talents that you can share? Please mention them.

6.What is the most unique place you  have traveled to?

7.What is the most memorable place you’ve visited and who did you travel with?

8.Name a place you would travel solo and why?

9.What is your favorite hiking trail or walking path?

10.Have you ever traveled to a place where you found an unexpected hidden gem?

11.Do you have any future plans or goals for your blog website? (Monetize, ads, collaborate with other bloggers, etc).