Holiday Spirit Returns to Camelback Mountain

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Holiday Spirit Returns to Camelback Mountain

Camelback Mountain is one of the Valley’s jewels, boasting a breathtaking view of Phoenix and beyond. In these cooler months, it’s the perfect spot for hiking and adventuring, and now, visitors have an added incentive to get to the top.

Through the month of December, there will be a 15-foot Christmas tree at the top of the mountain, delighting hikers with holiday cheer and festive spirit.

Originally, a group of nearly 50 hikers carried a 15-foot Christmas tree up the trail to the top of the mountain on the day after Thanksgiving. Mysteriously, less than 24 hours later, someone cut the tree and took off with the top half, leaving the park rangers with little choice but to remove the tree in it’s entirety

The mystery continued, and the hikers worked with Phoenix officials to determine what happened to the tree and negotiate an agreement for a new one.

The city agreed to suspend it’s “leave no trace” policy to allow the replacement tree to remain at the summit through this month, and hopefully no Grinches will take it again.

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