Holbert Trail

HARD 151 reviews
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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 offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1200 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

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.

1 month ago

Great trail with beautiful views for close to home hikes

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1 month ago

May 2017
Trail is fairly challenging.
Approx 1 hour from trailhead to dobbins lookout and a little less coming down. There is very little shade so lathering/covering should be done. Water and restrooms are available at trailhead and lookout. Trail itself was great.

Will not be doing again due to popularity and close proximity to Phoenix.
Trail etiquette was absent. Nearly all people hiking downhill did not yield to those ascending. Numerous dogs off leashes, music played over speakers and lots of trash. Very disapointing.

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2 months ago

Wonderful hike! Great views! Challenging.

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3 months ago

Boring. Not enough of a workout for me.

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3 months ago

First hike in 3 years but definitely wasn't too hard, took several breaks just to catch my breathe, watch out coming down, I twisted my ankle and cut open a small part of my palm by slipping in the loose dirt but other than that it was a fun hike!

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3 months ago

A great moderate-hard trail. Lots of lizards and hummingbirds on the way up. Great views all the way. The Lookout Exit wasn't easy to see from the trail. Take plenty of water. View from the top of the Lookout is worth it. Return hike was much easier. My pup (6 years old) handled both well and he isn't used to desert hikes.

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