Holbert Trail is a 4.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Phoenix, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, birding, and horses and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
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.
Challenging hike with many different types of terrain. Made it to the end of the trail in 1.5 hours and made it down in 45 min. Very rocky and gets technical, but there are no areas where you need to use both hands and legs to climb like Cholla trail at Camelback mountain. Definitely buy a "CamelBack" water bladder/backpack because you will need more than one bottle to survive getting to the top and back. Good hiking shoes are a MUST. You don't want to be slipping and sliding on these rocks.
Very good challenging hike. Take your time make sure you have water, when you get to the end it's definitely worth it.
Merry Christmas! Christmas Day on Holbert. I have been on Holbert before, but not in a year or longer. I used to live at South Mountain, 3 blocks from the trails, and Holbert was one of my favorites. Today I was planning to do Holbert-National-Kiwanis, but I arrived too late for that on this short Winter day. I only went so far as the lookout that is up only about 2 miles. That's a great spot anyway. and the perfect spot for a break in the difficult Holbert hike. It provides lots of seating on comfy rocks and a lookout city-wide. Looking to the east, Four Peaks was cloaked in snow. Holbert was about the way I remembered it, a difficult city hike climbing steeply over sharp rocks. This is one of the hikes that makes South Mountain so special.
Rate this as moderate. Grab a friend and some water and get to work. Fun times