Public parking is limited at Cholla Trailhead. There are several areas where parallel parking is permitted, however, parking is not permitted along the majority of roadways near the trailhead. Vehicles parked in violation of posted signs will be towed at the owner's expense.
Please note, there is no potable water or restroom facilities at Cholla Trailhead.
Difficulty: Extremely Difficult
Access: The entry to Cholla Trail is off of Cholla Lane. There are no amenities or designated parking spots at the trailhead, and limited street parking is available near the trailhead. Hikers are required to parallel park in specific, designated sections along the west side of Invergordon Road. Once parked, there is a gravel path that parallels the south side of Cholla Lane and leads to the trailhead.
Description: Cholla Trail is a slightly longer alternative to the more strenuous Echo Canyon Trail, but don't expect an easy hike as this trail also is rated
Extremely Difficult. Incredibly steep, and at times rocky, the trail traverses the eastern slope or "hump" of Camelback Mountain. To add to its difficulty, Cholla Trail is completely exposed to the elements and offers little shade. The lower portions of the trail are well defined and easy to follow, however, the upper-third section that leads to the summit is extremely steep, strewn with boulders and difficult to follow. Just prior to entering the boulder section, in the saddle, there is a small rest area where exhausted hikers should turn around. It is recommended that only capable, prepared and experienced hikers attempt climbing the final third of the trail. For hikers that adhere to "Take a Hike. Do it Right" guidelines the payoff is a picturesque view from the summit (2,704 feet above sea level), which provides unmatched views of the Valley.
Smaller animals, including cottontail rabbits, lizards, Harris antelope squirrels, a variety of birds and snakes (including venomous rattlesnakes) are regularly encountered.
Plant species include saguaro, barrel, hedgehog, pincushion, jumping cholla, christmas, staghorn, cholla and prickly pear cacti. Tree species include palo verde, mesquite and ironwood, along with the ocotillo plant.
Distance: 1.5 miles
Elevation change: 1,420 feet