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Holbert Trail to Dobbins Lookout is a 3.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Phoenix, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. 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.

Length 3.8 mi Elevation gain 997 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Nature trips

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Wild flowers

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Rocky

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Getting There

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.

Lots of parking, shouldn't be crowded and clean restrooms. Dobbins lookout also has parking and restrooms.

Main gate off of central to the base of the mountain. Make a immediate left after the gate and go the 2nd to last parking lot. You should see the map and sign stating the beginning of Holbert Trail.

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Hiking I.
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HikingNo shade

Honestly did not like this hike. I did not like how people can drive up to this point.

Adam Gonzales
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Mona Martinez
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This is my go to trail in a daily basis as is around my house. I tried going today but the whole entrance is align to follow the Covid-19 testing sites. A lot ARMY present and firefighters! I am not sure if there is access to the trail from the main entrance.

Elizabeth Plata
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HikingNo shade

Early am hours are best. Very popular. During Pandemic recommendations to wear a mask resulted in very little taking heed. Still good cardio hike and not too many rocks to scramble.

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Samantha Lohmann
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HikingRocky

Awesome view and fun trail. Lots of switchbacks and pretty steep. plan on going an hour up and 30-45 min down. Try to go as early as you can, before the sun comes up for sure

Thad T.
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Nice relatively easy hike. The look out facilities are being renovated so don’t expect to use the restrooms. The view of the valley are worth the hike. There’s almost no shade on the trail, nor a breeze. Expect it to be very hot. Highly recommend bringing water, sunglasses and hat/visor. Regardless skin pigmentation sunscreen is a must, minimum SPF 30, recommend SPF 50 (must be sweet proof). Over a great morning or later afternoon hike.

Justin Dudley
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Cristino Dominguez
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as usual, another great hike. The heat was no joke! go prepared!

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Matt Den Dulk
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Hiking

Great trail- not too challenging and had great views at the top. I went at sunrise and was not too busy at all.

Laura Jean
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As soon as I landed I hiked this trail. My first hike in AZ!

Phoebe Mo
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Hiking

Trail is clearly marked and it is easy. I was hiking up with a group of mom and kiddos around 8 to 12 years old. They did find on their own. Great view at the top

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Jayce Van Haren
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HikingRocky

Very fun trail! It’s a Phoenix classic and a must do. This one is a definitely on the harder end of the moderate trails I have done but the views are well worth it. It’s a good practice run if you are thinking of talking Piestewa or Camelback as its not quite as hard as those two but still gives you a bit of a challenge. Bring plenty of water if traveling up in the warmer months. Trail is very easy to follow so you should have no trouble making it to the top. Watch out for the wildlife, I didn’t see snakes but I did see a Gila monster. Overall, great hike! It’s a must do in the area

Emma Gastelum
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Eric Tapia
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Ted Fehl
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This was my first Phoenix trail and I really enjoyed it. There were quite a few people on the trail but it didn’t feel crowded. The climb is a good moderate effort. There is minimal shade so the earlier you go, the better. Currently, the lookout fort is under repair, but the overview of downtown and the surrounding Phoenix region is beautiful. Enjoy this great morning hiking spot.

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Zak Kuhn
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Hiking

Fun and great views of downtown. Like always, an early start is best and will give you lots of shade here. Even though the “lookout” is closed for renovations, you can go all the way to the top and still enjoy, so don’t let it deter you from taking this beautiful, moderate hike.

Chris Papy
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I am an inexperienced hiker. I am 48 years old and in decent shape (regular elliptical and strength training but no cross fitter). Also from Florida. Got started late and went at 11am. Yes it was hot but different from Florida heat. Didn’t bother me much even at noon but MUST have plenty of water. My 20 year old daughter got about 1.2 miles and was done. I made it to Dobbins but it is closed. Moderate is good description. I definitely did not find it easy. If not in decent shape definitely don’t go in middle of day. And either way it is some work. Very nice hike!

Bryan Edmister
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HikingRocky

Excellent trail, it's about the same vertical elevation increase as Camelback or Piestewa, but about twice the horizontal length. It's easier than Camelback or Piestewa, but does take longer to complete. Happy trails!

Matthew Peirce
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HikingBugsRocky

Excellent hike. Best time to go is early morning! Much cooler and 80% of the hike is in the shade! Beautiful views up top! Many bees on trail if starting at trail head. (Second parking area/starting point by water storage bins off 7th St, not as many bees) Bugs come out when the day heats up. Kinda annoying.

Kyle Windsor
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HikingBugs

This is a nice hike with some very good views. Too many bees… I had to run through several swarms of them. Bring “off” for the flies. At the top it’s quite nice.

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Jennifer Bunjes
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Allison Kacer
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Good trail to hike but there were a ton of files to make it annoying to hike!

Tranice Darby
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Cathryn Hanzlik
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HikingClosed

I really liked the trail. It’s a steady incline but no climbing or stepping up for the most part. The holbert trail is open but the connector trail at the top to dobbins lookout is closed until fall 2020. Still would recommend doing holbert trail up to that point. Lots of little critters along the way. Lots of parking at the bottom. Bathrooms and water fountains at the bottom .

Robbie Newman
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Hiking

Watch for lots of bees for the first half mile

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Belen G
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HikingScramble

Great hike ! Very busy but beautiful You can’t get lost here, very well marked. Bring water through!

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