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Jul 14 2018
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64 female
 Joined Nov 17 2008
 phoenix, az
Holbert Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
 Hiking avatar Jul 14 2018
trekkin_geckoTriplogs 3,642
 Hiking4.00 Miles 1,025 AEG
 Hiking4.00 Miles   1 Hour   7 Mns   3.58 mph
1,025 ft AEG
 
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holbert to dobbins lookout
humid with cloud cover at times
quite a few people hiking
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hazhole
Jul 07 2018
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64 female
 Joined Nov 17 2008
 phoenix, az
Holbert Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
 Hiking avatar Jul 07 2018
trekkin_geckoTriplogs 3,642
 Hiking4.00 Miles 1,025 AEG
 Hiking4.00 Miles   1 Hour   10 Mns   3.43 mph
1,025 ft AEG
 
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squeezed in a quick hike between work and the second world cup soccer game
holbert up to dobbins lookout
saw maybe seven hikers

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hazhole
Jun 29 2018
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64 female
 Joined Nov 17 2008
 phoenix, az
Holbert Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
 Hiking avatar Jun 29 2018
trekkin_geckoTriplogs 3,642
 Hiking4.00 Miles 1,025 AEG
 Hiking4.00 Miles   1 Hour   11 Mns   3.38 mph
1,025 ft AEG
 
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holbert to dobbins lookout after work this morning
nice little summer workout hike
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hazhole
Jun 22 2018
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64 female
 Joined Nov 17 2008
 phoenix, az
Holbert Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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trekkin_geckoTriplogs 3,642
 Hiking4.00 Miles 1,025 AEG
 Hiking4.00 Miles   1 Hour      4.00 mph
1,025 ft AEG
 
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holbert to dobbins lookout and back
ran the smooth parts; surprised to be under an hour
now to work on the uphill
good workout
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hazhole
Jun 13 2018
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64 female
 Joined Nov 17 2008
 phoenix, az
Holbert Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
 Hiking avatar Jun 13 2018
trekkin_geckoTriplogs 3,642
 Hiking4.00 Miles 1,025 AEG
 Hiking4.00 Miles   1 Hour   6 Mns   3.64 mph
1,025 ft AEG
 
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hit dobbins lookout after work
quite a few hiking - roosevelt school group
one of my favorites
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hazhole
Apr 28 2018
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64 female
 Joined Nov 17 2008
 phoenix, az
Dobbins and Buena Vista Lookouts via Holbert, AZ 
Dobbins and Buena Vista Lookouts via Holbert, AZ
 
 Hiking avatar Apr 28 2018
trekkin_geckoTriplogs 3,642
 Hiking6.65 Miles 1,521 AEG
 Hiking6.65 Miles   1 Hour   59 Mns   3.35 mph
1,521 ft AEG
 
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afternoon workout hike
hit both lookouts
saw a few people on holbert
decent breeze

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hazhole
Apr 07 2018
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61 male
 Joined Feb 26 2008
 Scottsdale, AZ
Holbert Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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BobPTriplogs 2,634
Hiking4.20 Miles 1,024 AEG
Hiking4.20 Miles
1,024 ft AEG
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Mar 26 2018
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40 female
 Joined Aug 22 2014
 Phoenix, AZ
Holbert Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 26 2018
LumberjillTriplogs 27
Hiking4.13 Miles 1,099 AEG
Hiking4.13 Miles   2 Hrs   12 Mns   2.55 mph
1,099 ft AEG      35 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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With perfect temperatures and a slight breeze beckoning, I decided to hike the Holbert trail for the first time since I hiked it during the PSC a couple of years ago. I had a friend with me and we chatted the entire way up, up, up to Dobbins lookout where we had a nice break to chat even more and take in the views of the city. It's an interesting view of Phoenix that I don't see very often - and the air was very clear this day. There were several people at the lookout and we met a couple of women from Toronto, in town for a conference who were surprised to hear that our weather isn't always this nice :lol: . They also gave us some good information about the best time of year to hike Toronto (fall - after bug season, in case you're wondering).
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Mar 24 2018
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53 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Holbert Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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mt98dewTriplogs 1,877
Hiking5.40 Miles 1,100 AEG
Hiking5.40 Miles   1 Hour   37 Mns   3.34 mph
1,100 ft AEG
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This was first venture out after twisting my ankle a few weeks ago. I took Holbert up to Dobbins Point (37 minutes) and then continued on to the end of Holbert. Jogged what I could and hiked the rest. My ankle held up better than I hope for. And ironically as I came down it was knees that caused me the most discomfort.
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Mar 21 2018
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68 male
 Joined Jul 16 2012
 Green Valley,Az
Holbert - Kiwanis Loop, AZ 
Holbert - Kiwanis Loop, AZ
 
 Hiking avatar Mar 21 2018
RowdyandMeTriplogs 1,919
 Hiking7.65 Miles 1,406 AEG
 Hiking7.65 Miles   4 Hrs   48 Mns   1.81 mph
1,406 ft AEG      34 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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Rowdy and Widowmaker
Feb 23 2018
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84 male
 Joined Sep 24 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Holbert Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 23 2018
black_toesTriplogs 348
Hiking4.34 Miles 1,103 AEG
Hiking4.34 Miles   2 Hrs   34 Mns   1.97 mph
1,103 ft AEG      22 Mns Break
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Why? I like to punish myself. It was chilly and windy with the threat of rain. Dressed warmly and, even with the heat of exertion, the chill poked through when I caught the wind just right in the canyons. Up to the Dobbins Lookout and back. Had company. About a dozen others on trail above the brown water tank where it turns steep, a spot less than serious hikers or joggers take a quick exit. Two teen-age boys playing rap on an I-pod turned around after going up above the tank about 50 yards. I didn't linger at Dobbins, fearing rain. Ducked into the stone shelter, made some notes, snapped a photo or two and started the return journey. Kept my eyes on the clouds to the north where I could see rain showers and virga up around Union Hills. Thankfully, the storm moved east, not south. This is not a trail I'd want to negotiate in the rain: Big slick rocks and muddy boot soles can make for a faster than anticipated descent. Was glad to get home by the fireplace.
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Jan 19 2018
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 Joined Jan 10 2018
 
Holbert Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 19 2018
outandbackTriplogs 9
Hiking4.25 Miles 1,100 AEG
Hiking4.25 Miles   2 Hrs   15 Mns   2.04 mph
1,100 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
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Somehow, in all the years I've been hiking South Mtn., I've never even heard of this trail. There's a HAZ perk for you!
Nice trail and definitely a good one to add to the rotation. It's a good climb with a fairly steady grade and nice views (water tank excepted). Went up to the Lookout, spent a few minutes gazing at the Sierra Estrellas, picked up and recycled a few Bud Light cans scattered around the picnic area, then headed back down. Still too early for flowers, but the birds were fun and the January light was beautiful.

Saw the usual rock wrens, Abert's towhees, curve billed thrashers, blue-grey gnatcatchers and cactus wrens, but also a few migrants like yellow rumped warblers and white-crowned sparrows in for the winter.

Also, the dog liked this trail, especially the downhill part. So it's a winner!
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Jan 14 2018
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52 male
 Joined Nov 20 1996
 
Holbert Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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joebartelsTriplogs 5,340
Hiking4.25 Miles 1,090 AEG
Hiking4.25 Miles   1 Hour   40 Mns   2.66 mph
1,090 ft AEG      4 Mns Break1 LBS Pack
 
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Not the full enchilada or even the whole bert, just to the lookout-n-back.

All was fab until five minutes down my sandal fell apart. Just tender footed the two miles back. Test results just in, I will not be joining the barefoot hikers club. Jogging a few areas was easier. Had to keep that to minimum when the coast was clear. I'm not as pleasant to watch running as Sir Denny!
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Dec 29 2017
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52 male
 Joined Nov 20 1996
 
Holbert Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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joebartelsTriplogs 5,340
Hiking4.20 Miles 1,000 AEG
Hiking4.20 Miles   1 Hour   33 Mns   2.83 mph
1,000 ft AEG      4 Mns Break
 
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Kiwanis and anything near Kiwanis was packed at 2pm. Fear not, Holbert has parking for a small city. While I'm not yippee skippy excited on the lower flats the hike never disappoints. The lookout was bumping. Usually I avoid it but relaxed for a few minutes in the shade of the hut for a change of pace. 10 months is too long to let this one slip out of rotation.
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Nov 24 2017
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45 male
 Joined Jun 09 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Holbert Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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cw50mustTriplogs 316
Hiking2.40 Miles 1,100 AEG
Hiking2.40 Miles
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This was my Black Friday hike. Holbert to Dobbins lookout. There was not many people on the trail, I was a little surprised.
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Nov 20 2017
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36 male
 Joined Mar 18 2015
 Payson, AZ
Telegraph Pass to Old Holbert Lookout, AZ 
Telegraph Pass to Old Holbert Lookout, AZ
 
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The_NTriplogs 325
Hiking8.25 Miles 1,587 AEG
Hiking8.25 Miles   2 Hrs   50 Mns   2.96 mph
1,587 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
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Hit the hills for an evening exercise stroll. The breeze made going up Telegraph rather enjoyable. Cruised on up National and made it to the old lookout to see the valley covered in a brown blanket. The trip back down Telegraph required a bit of finesse as we passed through, over and around a large group. I was unable to make any new friends. Good little workout. Awesome nighttime weather.
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Nov 05 2017
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64 female
 Joined Nov 17 2008
 phoenix, az
Holbert Lookout, AZ 
Holbert Lookout, AZ
 
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trekkin_geckoTriplogs 3,642
Hiking5.91 Miles 1,300 AEG
Hiking5.91 Miles   2 Hrs   12 Mns   2.75 mph
1,300 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
 
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john got the band back together for a south mountain rehab hike
plan a was maricopa peak, but there was a memorial bike ride that blocked off everything but holbert
no matter, holbert it was
once we got to the intersection with national, we decided to check out the old holbert lookout
followed the summit road for a bit, then on an old roadbed
interesting place with some nice views of the valley
took an off-trail route back, eventually dropping down a drainage to holbert
very crowded on the way back, but to be expected
nice to hike with the boys again :)

found a link for the memorial bike event: azfamily.com/story/ ... tain
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Nov 05 2017
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61 male
 Joined Apr 02 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Holbert Lookout, AZ 
Holbert Lookout, AZ
 
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Tortoise_HikerTriplogs 3,094
Hiking5.91 Miles 1,300 AEG
Hiking5.91 Miles   2 Hrs   12 Mns   2.75 mph
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John and Kelly said I could join them if I didn't talk so much :o . :sl: yeah right? John's first hike in awhile as he is nursing some old wounds from his fight club days. He set the pace and looked like his old self. Good to see him back out on the trail. Kelly was her cheerful self until college football came up :doh: . How about this weather :D Nice to get in a hike with this duo. Thanks! :yr: :y:
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Nov 05 2017
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65 male
 Joined Mar 16 2008
 chandler,az
Holbert Lookout, AZ 
Holbert Lookout, AZ
 
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johnlpTriplogs 4,381
Hiking5.91 Miles 1,300 AEG
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trekkin_gecko
First hike since August. No body parts fell off. :y: Good to get out with the reptiles again. :)
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Oct 29 2017
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53 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Holbert Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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DarthStillerTriplogs 638
Hiking5.90 Miles 1,413 AEG
Hiking5.90 Miles   3 Hrs   44 Mns   1.58 mph
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With the Steelers playing a night game, it was a nice opportunity to take the family out for a hike. I haven't hiked the Holbert Trail in over 16 years, so it seemed like a nice choice. Short enough at about 5 miles RT, and enough of a climb to provide a nice challenge.

There was some kind of family reunion type of thing going on in the parking lot as we arrived. As a result, the trail was extremely busy on our way up, but only to the junction for the Dobbins Lookout spur. Once we got there, I let the wife and kids continue along the Holbert Trail to its terminus while I hiked up to the lookout and back. Once I caught up with them, they were at the end of the Holbert Trail. After we passed the Dobbins spur junction, the trail was nearly deserted.

The trail isn't really that steep, but it also isn't very smooth at all. Lots of rock outcroppings to walk around, over, and between. This made things a bit more difficult for Dmitri, but he made it thru ok. The way down nearly took as long as going up negotiating some of the steeper sections. At the end of the hike, everyone was very glad to be done and ready for lunch, but not worn out too bad. It ended up being the perfect amount of effort. Had fun again playing with the new camera getting some zoom in shots.
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