Holbert Trail to Dobbins Lookout is a 4.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Phoenix, AZ that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Start out at the main entrance to South Mountain and make a left past the vistor's center. Go to the end of the road to the beginning of Holbert Trail. Get to the top and make a right to Dobbins Lookout. This trail is challenging at first. Inclines will definitely get your heart beat going. It is worth it get to the Lookout point. Good views of the city and the television tower on top of the mountain.
I can see the hard justification for this trail (I would rate it a more tough moderate but....). Here are my reasons......the first .53 miles of the trail are more of a desert stroll, not tough at all. The remainder 1.75-2 miles is where all the elevation gain happens. The trail is 1 long slow elevation gain. Not many flat spots once you get going, just a slow steady gain until the final uphill push to Dobbins tower. Amazing views from the top but your hikers high is quickly crushed by the tourist around you in crocs with selfie sticks around every corner at the top. Still a great hike, bring plenty of water.
I loved this trail today. Well marked, just the right amount of workout and beautiful scenery. I wouldn't rate it as hard..it's more of moderate. There were young children hiking it. Brought a gallon of water, and made sure my phone was charged 100%.. took lots of pictures
Great views and amazing amount of shade if you go at a daunting time. It's a nice trail for working out because you can park at the bottom or at the top to diversify your journey.
Great hike in town that's more Moderate than Hard.
I love this trail
One of my favorite hikes in Phx. A kick butt workout with amazing views as a reward. Bring plenty of water!
Wonderful hike winding through picturesque canyon. I would rate this a moderate hike with gradual elevation change and a beautiful view at the end!
We have gone this a trail a few times. It's good. Good work out.
Amazing view and adventures trail with small animals to view.
Great morning hiking at 4:30 am.
Great hiking trail. Fairly quiet and easy to navigate. I would rate the difficulty as 2.5/5... definitely more of a moderate trail. None of the sections are particularly steep or challenging. It's very peaceful in the canyon as you are hiking up. I agree with other reviewers that the summit it somewhat spoiled by people who drive up. The lookout hut is awesome!
I did this trail as part of a larger hike to the end of Holbert trail and part of the National trail. If you are looking for a pretty Arizona hike with moderate elevation rise. This is a good one. I went around 3 pm and did not see a lot of other hikers. On the way back down towards the end I did see a few more. This is a great hike for exercise and many people were using it as such. The additional traffic was not a big deal. The path is well marked and fairly clean. I brought gaiters but did not use them. Only got one small rock in my shoe. You will want to bring water and use sun screen. Good hike.
Love south mountain.
A moderate in dificulty, nice hike with great views... until we reached the lookout. We weren't familiar with the Dobbins lookout but decided to take it as our almost 4 yr old son looked at it from the distance as a place where he wanted to go. Bad idea, the lookout was crowded and noisy (we went on a Sunday)... not the nice, relaxing ending to a long hike (long to us because we had a 4 yr old setting the pace) that we had expected. It took us almost 4 hours to complete but we had a kid with us. We'll come back for sure but avoid the lookout next time.
Good hike with fantastic views. I'd rate it as moderate not hard