Tree poses- Camelback Echo Summit

Weekend Hike: Camelback Mountain, Scottsdale

What do you like to do on the weekend to recharge? I love hiking, exploring new places or try new things. New experiences shake me out of old habits and renew my energy and perspectives.

Camelback is one of the most popular urban hike spots in Phoenix area. It’s a rigorous climb of 1,264 feet. On the top, you can see 360-degree view of the valley. This hike is a must-do if you find yourself in the area!We took the Echo Canyon trail, which is the steepest, but also the most scenic, trail to get to the summit.

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Tree poses- Camelback Echo Summit

Be careful going up there on a hot day, because there is not much shade along the trail.  I recommend going up there early in the morning to escape the heat.  During cooler month, there will be a lot of hikers later in the day as well, so the best time is still early morning.  Parking is like a lottery there.  There are only about 30 parking spots at the trailhead. If it’s your lucky day, you will get a parking spot. If not, the city provides shuttles from  the city town hall parking, about 5 minutes away driving, for a few dollars.  People used to park on the side street, but the heavy traffic disturb people who live nearby there, so side street parking is prohibited now.

After all the hard work, we were just being goofy.. doing yoga poses up there.

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Utkatasana–Chair Pose

This is my third time climbing Camelback.  The hike up there felt like at least an hour, while it actually was about 30 minutes. But because it was so hard, 30 minutes felt so long! The hike down was only about 15 minutes but also felt longer since we have to be so careful  with every step if we don’t want a face plant.

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Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana B

It was a lot harder attempting those asana out there than in a studio! In the backbend post–upward bow– I really felt like I have 90% chance of falling off the cliff, even though I knew I was in a really secure spot.

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Urdhva Dhanurasana – Upward Bow

In this last picture, if you notice my knees, I kept them bent because I was too scared to straighten them and push myself more forward.

 

This is what I love about doing inversions or getting upside down.  It flips your perceptions–shake you out of the habitual stagnation.

 

What’s your plan this weekend?

photo credit: @rarinthorn

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