Popular hiking trail at Camelback Mountain set to reopen after more than 2 years
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) — A popular hiking trail that’s been closed for the past two and a half years will be reopening to the public later this month at Camelback Mountain.
Cholla Trail shut down in March of 2020 after a hiker was injured by a loose 300-pound boulder. Since then, the City of Phoenix says Park Rangers, Stewards and contractors have worked hundreds of hours on the trail, including removing unstable boulders, improving the trail tread and adding trail posts and better wayfinding efforts.
Other features including a drinking fountain, restrooms and bike racks have also been added. In addition to the construction, the trailhead has been realigned, moving from Cholla Lane to Invergordon Road as a way to reduce foot traffic in the area. Dedicated spaces have also been added for rideshare dropoffs and pickups.
Cholla Trail is set to reopen on Sept. 30, from that point on opening at sunrise and closing at sunset. Some construction will continue, such as adding restroom lights and is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
The Cholla Trail Realignment Project was a joint effort between the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Dept. Street Transportation Dept., Phoenix Fire Dept., and the Town of Paradise Valley. Find more information about the project here.
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