The 2,704-foot summit of Camelback Mountain is one of my favorite places in Phoenix. From this centrally located vista point, you can see for miles in all directions. As your lungs recover from the climb, take a moment to explore the wide summit. Beautifully landscaped resorts, golf courses, and mansions dot the base of Camelback. A ring of mountains surrounds the sprawling metropolis of the 5th largest city in the U.S. If you are not afraid of heights, go to the northeast side of the summit and peer over the sheer cliff there. You might find some brave souls rappelling down or parasailing off the cliff. If you are lucky, a beautiful desert sunset will reward your travails, and there's no better place in Phoenix to watch it than from right here.Liu, Charles is the author of '60 Hikes Within 60 Miles Phoenix Including Tempe, Scottsdale, And Mesa', published 2006 under ISBN 9780897325936 and ISBN 0897325931.