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Holbert Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 22 2010
joebartels
Hiking7.20 Miles 1,530 AEG
Hiking7.20 Miles   2 Hrs   45 Mns   2.62 mph
1,530 ft AEG
 
Noticed it was overcast outside then found out the high was only going to be 100 for the day. Naturally I took the opportunity and headed over to South Mountain for a 9am start. Tackled the Holbert/Kiwanis loop backwards this time. Believe I prefer the standard clockwise direction better as the climbing is over quick. Going counter clockwise it's steady uphill for 2/3rd's of the hike as opposed to only the first 1/3rd going clockwise. The weather opportunity didn't really pan out. It started off nice with sprinkle threats and breezes. Unfortunately the huge storm cells I witnessed an hour earlier on radar took a turn. It was sunny, dripping muggy and I yearned for a good ol' 110 dry day!

Shockingly passed a story book family near the upper end of Holbert. Figure there's no way they hiked up with their kids looking and acting so pleasant. Must have parked at Dobbins and hiked down a quarter mile then turned around.

There's some sort of construction going on at the horse stables. Odd as it looks like they're trying to prevent flooding where flooding would never happen? Also looks like they are dismantling one of the radio tower platforms at the peak. A crane with a jack hammer tip is tearing it up. A dump truck made several trips hauling it away during my hike. Amazing I didn't hear any of it but could see it from a distance.
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