Holbert-Hidden Valley-Mormon Trail Shuttle is a 6.5 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Phoenix, AZ that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.
This description starts from the Holbert TH and ends at the Mormon TH. See Directions for both at the bottom of the page. The Holbert TH takes you immediately into a passageway of large rock and if you look up you will start to see the ancient Rock Art appearing. You will travel out of the passageway into a fairly open area with more Petroglyphs on large and small boulders along the trail route. You will also see Petroglyphs on the rocks further above the trail on the hillside. After you encounter a large picnic area, the trail going east will gradually start to climb and soon you will parallel a paved road going to a large water tank against a hill. The Trail starts turning here to the south and the grade becomes a little steeper. You enter a large canyon and the trail becomes steeper yet, but is far from unmanageable and is well defined. The canyon serves as a large drainage and judging from the rock and steepness, is probably quite a site after a very large rainstorm. Don't forget to turn around every once in awhile and enjoy the views of the canyon and the city behind you. As you near the top of this canyon you will likely encounter more people as you pass Promontory Point, a scenic vista area with a large rock Ramada, with vehicle parking and restrooms.
Great trail. My first in Arizona. slow climb and slow decent. great views.
Fun, fun! A great hike with a lot of very interesting things to see. Good or bad,you get plenty of company.
Fantastic hike, lots of folks out today. Even so, not too thick on the trails. one of the big reasons I love hiking South Mountain. Our group included a fierce 5 year old; while not the best trail for kids, her smart mom brought lots of water, snacks and patience. really made for a well spent afternoon. one word of advice when leaving the Hidden Valley; descend on the left rather than the right to avoid a particularly slick boulder on the way into the Fat Man's Pass portion. Such a beautiful hike. But then, I'm pretty partial to South Mountain.
It was a beautiful morning to hiking with just a few people on the trail. This is a shuttle hike and I did not have one so I walked a extra 3 1/2 miles back to my car. If it wasn't so humid I would have done this as a out and back hike.