Crews rebuild helipad on Camelback Mountain

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PHOENIX -- Crews spent part of the week rebuilding a helipad on the east side of Camelback Mountain on the Cholla Trail.

That landing zone allowed rescue helicopters to land and pick up injured hikers for speedy transport to the hospital.

Veteran pilot Gary Bucklin called the LZ "absolutely necessary" for successful mountain-rescue operations.

The Cholla Trail is a a longer hike that Summit Trasil (Echo Canyon), but it's also a bit easier.