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.
Boring. Not enough of a workout for me.
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!
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.
nice view of Phoenix from the south. exposed, hot hike. bring lots of water