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.

DISTANCE
4.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
931 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

cave

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

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.

hiking
16 hours ago

Nice views overlooking Phoenix. Moderate difficulty with some slick spots. Overall a good way to spend a morning or evening.

hiking
6 days ago

Great hike, very fun, not too challenging, but enough parts to get the heart rate going, would be a challenging run. Great views, a bit tourist like at the summit, Dobbins Lookout. But, still great views up there with a nice rock structure that's great for shade and cooling off. At the beginning of the trail there are petroglyphs on the eon old rocks. Super cool, be respectful to not touch the etchings.

8 days ago

Constant incline and rocky obstacles

9 days ago

Fun! If you go with kids be sure that they follow directions, are adventurous. Views are great!
The goal: to get to the top.
Enjoy!

hiking
16 days ago

Came to visit my daughter Jan 18-23. Her and her wife had never visited South Mountain yet so this was a treat for all of us. We hiked about half the trail and came back down. We drove up to Dobbins. It was absolutely amazing. The view was breathtaking. Would highly recommend and would do again in a heartbeat.

hiking
24 days ago

Fun hike that is not too crowded on the weekdays but can get congested on the weekends during peak hours. Dogs are allowed on a leash which is fun. The trail can get very narrow at times though so be prepared to be in close quarters with other dogs. There is also a lot of broken glass south of the trail about a quarter of a mile in so be careful if you go exploring as well.

1 month ago

easy trail, nice weather

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike in preparation for the National Trail Trek next weekend

hiking
1 month ago

Great hiking!

1 month ago

Cool views decent hike

hiking
1 month 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

hiking
1 month 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.

1 month 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-

1 month 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.

1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

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

1 month 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.

1 month ago

love it

hiking
1 month ago

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

2 months ago

Beautiful view.. annoying people.

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