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Holbert Trail, AZ
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RatedFavorite   Wish List Region
 South Mountain
Difficulty 2.5    Route Finding
Distance Round Trip 4.7 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,300 feet
Elevation Gain 1,071 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,100 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 10.2
Author Dano
Descriptions 13
Routes 0
Photos 479
Trips 247 map ( 901 miles )
Age 51
Location Vancouver, WA
Rated Viewed All Mine Friends
7  2015-02-01 pt145
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SoMo Park Circle Route -
Randal Schulhaus
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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
Nearby Hikes Area Water Sources
direct air miles away to trailhead
0.0  Holbert - Hidden Valley - Mormon Shuttle
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0.2  Box Canyon - South Mountain
0.3  Los Lomitas
0.3  Judith Tunell Interpretive Trail - South Mtn
0.4  South Mountain / Teddy Bear Wall
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700 years old and lightly used
by Dano

This is the best South Mountain trail for petroglyph views, and has a great mixture of scenery and grade. I describe the trail going from North to South.

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 1/2 mile, with numerous glyphs along the way.

Then you follow briefly alongside a paved road to a tank. 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. The intersection with the short, steep trail up to Dobbins point is near the top of the small canyon.

The trail is pretty flat the rest of the way, crossing the wash, then the summit road, and continues to its end, intersecting with the National Trail.

This is a great hike for beginners, since the first portion of the trail is relatively flat, and contains most of the glyphs. On a holiday weekend, skip the overcrowded Piestewa and Echo Canyon trails and try this one.


Directions Preferred Months Dec Jan Feb Mar
Preferred Start8 AM Cell Phone SignalHigh Points Sunrise6:18am Sunset6:48pm
Road / VehiclePaved - Car Okay
Fees / Permit

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.
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