Holbert Trail to Dobbins Lookout

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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.

4.1 miles
931 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



nature trips

trail running




wild flowers



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.

55 minutes ago

Great hike in preparation for the National Trail Trek next weekend

1 hour ago

Great hiking!

3 days ago

Cool views decent hike

6 days ago

Good hike, and beautiful day! January is a wonderful time of year to hike. This hike is generally difficult, but it isn’t nearly as difficult as those it’s in the same category as (FlatIron, Battleship, etc. I loved the view from Dobbins EXT, but it’s almost disappointing to get up there and realize that drivers can make it to this spot!
Oh well. Enjoy

13 days ago

I didn’t find the trail to be hard at all. I’d say it’s easier than Camelback or Toms Thumb similar in difficulty to Peralta trail in the Superstitions. The trail was moderately trafficked but the overlook was very crowded.

14 days ago

Super crowded and when you get to the top there's a parking lot with a lot of people- not a hard hike in my opinion-

18 days ago

A great hike to a wonderful view. I should have been in better shape before trying it, as my quads were hurting toward the end. Pay attention coming down as many people got off trail, and had to backtrack.

20 days ago

loved it.....will continue to hike here.

21 days ago

Nice trail to Dobbins Lookout. Not too bad to hike this.

24 days ago

Beautiful Christmas morning hike. Spectacular views. Enjoyed finding the petroglyphs. I wouldn’t say it is difficult but it will get your heart rate going.

26 days ago

love it

29 days ago

My German Shepherd and I absolutely love this hiking trail! The site from the top is amazing!!

1 month ago

Beautiful view.. annoying people.

1 month ago

awesome hike. haven't been in years since I was a kid and being out of shape it was tough but still awesome.

1 month ago

Very nice trail. Got some great photos. We did get a little lost on the way back, so took a lil longer than expected.

1 month ago

1 month ago

I liked this trail a lot. Not as difficult as camelback but gives you a good workout. Only downfall were the people who left their trash, a lot of dog poop, and blasted their music on the trail. Pretty heavy traffic - but it was he Saturday after thanksgiving.

1 month ago

Very busy trail. Enjoyable hike, good views along the way with great views from the summit. The terrain is mostly moderate with a few hard parts. The only detraction was the 6 different people playing music as loud as they could along the trail. Pro tip: go either early so you get all the shade or later after the sun is higher. I started at 9:30am and got 5% shade and 95% staring directly into the sun on the way up.

1 month ago

2 months ago

Loved this trail... will definitely hike it again.

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