Holbert Trail to Dobbins Lookout is a 4.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Phoenix, Arizona 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.
Enjoyed the hike! I'm out of shape and sort of a beginner hiker and thought the hike was a good one. There were little kiddos and parents with their babies on their backs up and down the hike so it isn't as difficult as it is rated. The view at the top was rewarding and I came on a day where cars are blocked off.
Not Hard if you stay on the trails.
Use thick hiking boots. I have steal toed boots.
Extra water. Lots of fun !!!
Great trail. Specular view of a gorgeous sunset awaited us. Good trail for a family who may want to mix hiking for some and driving for some members not wanting to hike but supply the food at the top. Great place for a dinner with all the vistas.
It's rated hard for a reason but a great workout with an amazing view as reward.
I went at around 9 on a Sunday and it was super crowded both on the trail and at the lookout. Decent hike, mileage and vertical seem accurate. I don't really understand where this trail comes by the "hard" rating. I would rate myself as an intermediate hiker, and this was on the easy side for me. Lots of rocks, but nothing I would consider bouldering or climbing, mostly like climbing stairs. If you're not a fan of crowds, definitely stay away from this trail. I didn't take dogs, but I can see how this would be a rough trail for four-legged hikers.
Awesome views- great workout!