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.
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.
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
This hike is listed as One-Way. When you hike several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the