Holbert Trail

HARD 41 reviews
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Holbert Trail is a 4.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Phoenix, AZ 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 accessible from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.9 miles 1237 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

horseback riding

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

washed out

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.

17 days ago

nice trail, but people on the top was a little dissappoint. because they came on the top with their car

25 days ago

1 month ago

nice hike nice view

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1 month ago

A little crowded, but a beautiful hike. This trail ends at the National trail, which you can then take to Kiwanis and back down to make a loop

3 months ago

6 months ago

Great trail. My first in Arizona. slow climb and slow decent. great views.

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6 months ago

Great exercise. Lots of people on the trail, lots of dogs NOT on leashes :/ Absolutely lovely up there. My favorite local trail.

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6 months ago

Great trail. The maintenance is very nice. Tons of parking and easy to find. Hiked on a Monday. Hot in the sun. At top there were still lots of people that drove up. Only 3-4 other hikers. The lookout is awesome but I could see it being over crowded on a weekend.

7 months ago

Awesome Sunday hike!

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8 months ago

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8 months ago

Very nice trail, not very busy on a weekday. I only hiked the first mile, mainly did it to see the petroglyphs.

8 months ago

busy on the weekends, ending is a bit of a letdown

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9 months ago

10 months ago

I would rate this moderate. Nice trail with nice views as you go up the mountain.

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10 months ago

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10 months ago

love it on week days very few people

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10 months ago

Holbert Trail is a great all-around trail, something for everyone. Good workout, interesting scenery and beautiful views. Watch for petroglyphs throughout Box Canyon at the beginning of the trail. Lots of easy parking, too.

11 months ago

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1 year ago

I and two others did this trail yesterday. As we were climbing upward, The City of Phoenix Park Rangers and Conservation Crew were repairing the trail which is a good sign that the trails throughout South Mountain Preserve are being maintained. I enjoy this hike immensely and encourage those that enjoy hiking mountain trails that this is one you'll like.

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1 year ago

Did Holbert again today. Hadn't been there in a year. Actually, today I did Holbert-National-Kiwanis. That is a 6 mile loop, beginning and ending at parking near the South Mountain Environmental Education Center. Holbert is moderate to difficult. It is difficult enough that children should not be on it. It is moderate enough to be manageable with a little effort. Maybe a lot! Fairly tough trail anyway. There is an unnamed lookout about 1 mile up that is a good stopping point and resting spot. It provides beautiful views of the city from east to west. Looking east there is even a view of Four Peaks on clear days. Past that lookout and at about 2 miles up there is a turn off to the Dobbins Extension, which is a great destination all by itself. Continuing past that turn, Holbert traipses through unmarked territory until it meets the summit road where it joins National going both east and west. That is only 2,2 miles according to my pedometer. Going west on National from there is fantastic as the trail passes directly under the radio towers which are viewable from nearly anywhere in Phoenix. Holbert is completely uphill the whole way, but National there turns mostly downhill, offering a relief from Holbert. National also crosses the summit road, where it meets Telegraph Pass trail, which heads south to near Ahwatukee. There is a comfortable park bench right there which makes for some pleasant seating. National is split there between the trail from Holbert and the trail continuing west a little ways up the road. From my experience, that is where National gets hard, Kiwanis also meets the road there, and that is an easy downhill hike from there. Anyway, Holbert is a challenging trail that provides an outlet to various other trails. It is part of the great hiking at South Mountain.