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Holbert Trail to Dobbins Lookout

MODERATE 548 reviews
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Holbert Trail to Dobbins Lookout is a 3.8 mile moderately 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.

DISTANCE
3.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
997 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

bird watching

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no shade

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.

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rocky
2 days ago

Was a perfect day to be out on the trails!

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bugs
off trail
over grown
rocky
scramble
3 days ago

Great trail with a majestic view of the valley from the rock house at the top! Saw just a few people and the beetles weren’t bad at all. The rock house ( Dobbins lookout) must have been cleaned up because there was no glass or trash as previously reported. Definitely moderate to intermediate. You’re ascending 2/3 of the way. Plan lots of water! Enjoy

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bugs
16 days ago

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bugs
no shade
16 days ago

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bugs
no shade
17 days ago

Good little workout. I’d say moderate is a fair rating. The other review about bugs were accurate but didn’t ruin the experience. The lookout is a tourist stop too, so there is broken glass up there on the trail with is a bummer. Bring enough water!

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22 days ago

Fun hike, good views at the top.

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bugs
no shade
1 month ago

I had high hopes for this trail, but I didn't love it. It's a good workout, well-marked, and free. However, the bugs made it unbearable. We had to run part of the way down to get through the swarms of blister beetles. The lookout is full of broken glass and trash. I definitely don't recommend this one. The moderate rating is fair.

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1 month ago

Going up is not what I would consider moderate. It was a good hike.

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1 month ago

I spent a month in AZ for work and this is the trail that got me into hiking! It kicked my butt the first time but I went back three times for more!!!! Great climb and the view from the top is absolutely worth it!!!!!

1 month ago

Awesome hike!

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1 month ago

I always love hiking the Holbert Trail at South Mountain! It was perfect weather..a cool breeze with soft sunlight ;)

1 month ago

Easy to navigate, great views and tons of parking.

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no shade
rocky
1 month ago

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rocky
1 month ago

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1 month ago

Decent view from peak, trail path is okiesh. Carry water and good company matters.

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2 months ago

actually a pretty easy to moderate hike and if you go early it's not to traffic heavy

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rocky
2 months ago

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2 months ago

2 months ago

This might be my new favorite hike! It was a workout without being too difficult. It's more of a steady incline, and the views are amazing! Easy trail to walk on, not too rocky.

Very pretty trail, and awesome views at the lookout.

2 months ago

best trail ever

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rocky
2 months ago

Trail fairly steep but easily traversed, however, very rocky for a good portion of the trail. Hard on knees on descent. Was a little disappointed when I got to the summit as it was fairly crowded...Didn’t realize you could drive to the lookout. Guess many people choose to drive I guess.

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2 months ago

Beautiful trail with everything great about the Sonora Desert present on this hike. Followed the Holbert Trail to the National Trail intersection, then turned around and bagged Dobbins on the way back down. Sustained on the way out of the valley. Wonderful views. Again, beautiful desert when you gain the saddle.

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2 months ago

very enjoyable trail. Moderately hard and interesting in how it winds around the mountain. A good workout.Passed a lady who was probably from the Nepal area doing it barefoot. Impressive!

This trial is great, but it’s not hard. Great views and a nice way to get out and be active. You’d have to be running the trail for it to be classified as hard.

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rocky
3 months ago

Yesterday was my second time hiking this trail. Is absolutely beautiful.

3 months ago

Great trail, about 2.25 miles up and 2.25 miles back. Most of the trail is moderate, but a few sections I would consider hard. Loved getting the heart rate up and seeing the view from the summit.

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3 months ago

1/27/2019 I guess it depends when you go because it was pretty crowded today.

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3 months ago

Beautiful hike. Well marked. Can be somewhat strenuous.

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