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Holbert Trail, AZ
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Description 256 Triplogs  0 Topics
RatedFavorite   Wish List Region
 South Mountain
Difficulty 2.5    Route Finding
Distance One Way 2.4 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,300 feet
Elevation Gain 1,075 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,100 feet
Avg Time One Way 2.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 6.07
Author Dano
Descriptions 13
Routes 0
Photos 479
Trips 247 map ( 901 miles )
Age 51
Location Vancouver, WA
Co-Author joe bartels
Descriptions 200
Routes 604
Photos 8,248
Trips 2,673 map (13,912 Miles)
Age 45
Location Phoenix, AZ
Rated Viewed All Mine Friends
7  2015-02-01 pt145
3  2015-01-18 skatchkins
12  2014-11-29 cw50must
3  2014-11-29 winotron
11  2014-10-06 Dave1
37  2014-08-15 winryan
3  2014-08-13 Dave1
4  2014-05-25 beiley
8  2014-05-03
Holbert - National - Kiwa
14  2014-04-05
SoMo Park Circle Route -
Randal Schulhaus
5  2014-03-17 trekkin gecko
3  2014-03-15 winotron
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Trailhead Forecast
Historical Weather
Map - Beartooth Phoenix
Backpack - No
Seasons - Late Autumn to Late Spring
Official Route
Alternative Routes
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direct air miles away to trailhead
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700 years old and lightly used
by Dano & joe bartels

History: Charles M. Holbert was referred to as the "Old Man of the Mountain". He was SoMo's first park custodian starting in Feb of 1929, lasting ten years. He said he explored every inch of the park be it on foot or on horse, and felt responsible of all who wandered in the South Mountains.

Overview: This trail has a great mixture of scenery, grade and offers petroglyph views. This description is from the lower north trailhead to the upper southern end.

Hike: Parking is never a problem, though I've encountered many horseback riders along the lower end of this trail. Only 50 feet past the trailhead sign, look to the right for two small petroglyphs. The hills on your right and left both contain remarkable glyphs that can be seen from the base of the hill. My favorite petroglyph panel, which includes rare waterbirds, can be seen on the left up the hill. A short distance later, you'll cross an area used for cookouts and horseback riders. The trail continues along pretty flat for almost a half mile, with numerous glyphs along the way.

0.5 mi you follow briefly alongside a paved road to a tank 0.6 mi. The grade increases for about 1/4 mile, leaving evidence of civilization. A view from above shows how the trail steadily climbs uphill, but isn't all that steep. Then you reach a saddle and follow along the upper part of a wash with a small box canyon at the end.

1.8 mi the intersection with the short, steep spur trail up to Dobbins Lookout is near the top of the small canyon.

The pain of ascending feels like it over as the trail dips crossing a wash and the grade eases until you cross summit road at 2.05 mi. The final stretch offers great views of the Valley. It often feels quiet and surreal. The trail ends at 2.4 mi where it intersects Summit Road the second time. Which is also a "t" junction with National Trail.
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    Map Drive
    Sun5:21am - 7:30pm
    Preferred Dec, Jan, Feb, Mar → 8 AM
    RoadPaved - Car Okay
    Permit $$

    Directions To hike
    Enter South Mountain Park from Central Avenue. Just past the first guard gate, turn left toward the South Mountain Educational Center, and proceed East about 1/4 mile to the marked trailhead.
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.
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