Holbert Trail is a 4.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Phoenix, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and running and is best used from October until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length4.6 miElevation gain1,115 ftRoute typeOut & back
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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.

There is restrooms at the trailhead. Water Sources: South Mountain Phoenix Preserve shows water availability at both the Holbert and Mormon TH's. However, the South Mountain Environmental Education Center at the Holbert TH has been closed since 2010 due to budget cuts, so I would not rely on a water source there. There are no Water Sources on the trails themselves.

Directions Print Version To hike From the East or Southeast Valley take I-10 to the Baseline Rd exit and proceed West on Baseline Road to 24th Street. From the West Valley, take I-17 South to the 16th St exit. Turn South on 16th Street and go down to Baseline. Go East on Baseline to 24th Street. At 24th Street, turn South and follow it to the end. 24th Street ends here and turns left, changing into Valley View Dr. Right after the turn, you will see the Parking Area for the Mormon TH. There is usually always adequate parking here and information on the trail. Drop a car here. Backtrack back to 24th St and head north. The first street on your left going west is Euclid Ave. Take Euclid Ave. going West to 20th Street. Turn South on 20th Street and after a couple of blocks, 20th Street curves to the West and becomes Dobbins Road. Stay on Dobbins Road to Central Ave. At Central Ave, turn South and follow it into the Phoenix Preserve Complex There is a Paystation at the Entrance that is unmanned at this time and there is no fee to park in this complex at the time of this posting. The Education Center has been closed since 2010. After you pass the Paystation, take an immediate left following the directions to the Education Center. This is a main road around the parking area. When you reach the turnoff to the Education Center Parking Lot, bypass it and stay on the road going Southeast. This is an enormous parking area, but stay on the road until you see another building with another large parking area beyond that. When you reach that building area, turn into the actual Parking Area and park in the area between the building and the Median area on the South Side. The Holbert TH is just South of this area, across the Main Road that you just drove in on. Look for a sign just a few feet in from the Trail entering a large rock passageway.

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Courtney Rowland
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Great hike with amazing city views. We came early and didn’t pass a lot of people going up. The lot is huge and there are bathrooms. Trail gets a lot busier later in the day and on weekends.

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B F
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A decent, well-marked trail (good for going off-grid/no-app) that's on the easier side of moderate... but far too many humans on the bottom half to make it an enjoyable experience. I would recommend attempting this trail mid-week to avoid the human conveyor belt. The top third is peaceful and awe-inspring, with great views all around. At the very end is a cluster of rocks that I recommend standing on for a panoramic view. Unfortunately, the maskless circus at the bottom takes away from it a bit.

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Andrea Garcia
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Decent hike and nice views of Phoenix - cool to see the peteroplyphs but I probably won’t be back anytime soon. Lots of dog poop left on the trail, tons of broken glass on the final leg to Dobbins lookout (not great if you have your dog with you), and it was sad to see so much graffiti throughout the park/preserve and even on the petroglyphs rocks!

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Scott Steindler
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Emily Waight
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It’s okay. Very rocky but nothing crazy.

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Rex Luther
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One of my fav trails. You can start at Central or 7th St. Central has a huge parking lot and restrooms. 7th St is a residential area. Trail is not busy during the week. I only saw 3 people. More people started coming up around 3pm but still light traffic.

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Leslie Farias
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This was a great hike! the views are fenomenal

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Sina Gomez
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Nice - wet We went early (6:30am) and it wasn’t busy until the last mile.

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Chuck Whitfield
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Short steep

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Kevo L
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Not hard. More like moderate. Nice hike though.

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Shane Turner
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Rob Walsh
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Shawna Papsin
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I thought the trail was great. Would do it again. I wouldn’t rate it hard, but like others mentioned it is rocky. I went to the end then came back to Dobbins Lookout.

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greg olson
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Great trail. Good for running in a lot of areas. Great views too!

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Hilary Adams
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Fairly rocky terrain so I will echo what others said about the similarity to Camelback. However, I found this one to be much easier. The difficult rating must be due to the terrain, not the elevation. The entire trail is doable without breaks.

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CeCe Davis
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Beautiful hike with the family. It was nice and rocky just how I like it.

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Níala Avlis
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Phillip Putman
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Sonne Zarrelli
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Herman Cardenas
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AMAZING (but come early)

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Maria Bright
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very gorgeous view

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Erika Thrower
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Clint De Ruyter
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Bryan Edmister
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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. When you finish this trail keep going to Dobbins point for an amazing view, it's maybe 3/10 of a mile longer. Happy trails!

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Manuel Lopez
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really nice

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Braden Beretta
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Great trail with a steady incline. There were a ton of people on the trail which slowed down the pace, but everyone was super polite and friendly. I am not sure I would consider this a difficult trail. Most people drop off at the dobbins look out so it was wide open from there on. You cross the road a few times to finish the trail. Overall condition of trail is very nice and it’s worth the hike.

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Kelsey Bredeson
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I loved this trail! There is more than enough parking, so that is never an issue. The trail was very well marked and had decent views all the way to the top. It is very rocky, not much of a flat dirt trail.

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Natalie Peterson
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I was surprised that you have to cross two roads to reach the end of this trail. And I was kind of expecting the best view from the top but that wasn’t so. Overall it’s an easy hike. Steady incline. I didn’t need to stop at all on the way up. It is really beautiful. I just wish people would use headphones on the trail.

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Casey Willits
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This was a good trail. Very heavily trafficked. We enjoyed the beautiful rocks, wildflowers and desert botany. It was nice and quiet aside from people carrying along a speaker and blasting their own music. I enjoyed this trail but would not do it again because there were too many people.

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Abby Corrales
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