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Camelback Summit - Cholla TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
 Hiking3.25 Miles 1,415 AEG
 Hiking3.25 Miles   2 Hrs   28 Mns   1.65 mph
1,415 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
 
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T'was the grand reopening of Cholla. I used to love this trail, not so much anymore due to fall chances. It's only been closed for two years but it seems like forever based on the number of people that have asked "is Cholla open!". Figured I best show up to update the guide page and compare to the reopening of Echo and Pie. Also, hearing excitement for Cholla goes back decades before I even understood it was a hiking trail.

Arrived way too early but it was nice to do nothing for a couple hours... Lol So we had a line waiting, with one or two camera crews from news station(s) going back and forth filming the line as if that was exciting. Based on surrounding conversations one in three needed to pee and everyone hoped they planted more bushes nearby.

They let us in just before sunrise and we all met up a tenth of a mile later at the three-slot restroom. Expected more slots but boy howdy anything here is a huge improvement, it was way overdue.

Not really crowded, I expected three times the turnout. The trail is super well marked now with blue reflectors. If anyone gets lost they had no business being here in the first place.

It was a nice morning and I had planned on two laps but had enough and went to the promised land.
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