Holbert Trail

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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
1059 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.

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After the Thanksgiving feast, I struck out for a solitary hike on my old stomping grounds, South Mountain, and on one of my favorite trails, Holbert. I intended to do Holbert, National, Kiwanis, but didn't quite make it. I made it to the pointer to Dobbins Ext. and started down the desert to the summit road, but with daylight running out, I just bushwhacked across the desert a little bit to get a quick snap of the radio towers, and then headed back. The sun was already down when I made it back, and I wasn't really up for a hike after dark. I did 6 miles anyway, so put in a decent day. Holbert is tough and very attractive, and is really enough of a hike all by itself. .

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25 days ago

Good for a quick hike. Can be very crowded.

28 days ago

A good workout hike but must be patient because you will have to step aside for other hikers. Steep, narrow and hot so bring lots of water.

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Great trail; see my review on "Holbert Trail to Dobbins Lookout" for details on parking and trail conditions.

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