Holbert-Hidden Valley-Mormon Trail Shuttle - Hike and Mountain Bike near Phoenix, Arizona
~Phoenix S Mountain Park, Phoenix, AZ 85042, USA,Phoenix,Arizona
33.35181169, -112.06991745
6.7 miles S of Phoenix, Arizona
Address: ~Phoenix S Mountain Park, Phoenix, AZ 85042, USA
GPS: 33°21'6.5"N 112°4'11.7"W
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State: Arizona
Trail Length: 6.50 miles
Trail Type: Point A to B
Hike Difficulty: Intermediate
Elevation Gain: 1060 feet

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 Holbert- Hidden Valley- Mormon Trail is a combination trail hike on the north side of South Mountain near Phoenix, Arizona. This trail is approximately 6.5 miles long, and is suitable for intermediate hikers.  

It's a hike that people and kids of all ages can enjoy both from the variety of areas that it encompasses and the length and difficulty range of the hike itself. You get to go from marveling at the Ancient Petroglyphs on the Rocks on the Holbert Trail to the wonderful Rock Playground and Peaceful Solitude of the sparsely traveled Hidden Valley.Courtesy of hikearizona.com

 You'll start your trek from the Holbert Trailhead and end at the Mormon Trailhead. As you start, you'll see large rocks featuring petroglyphs around you. Once you get beyond this, you'll see a picnic area, at this point the trail becomes a gradual uphill climb. As the elevation rises, you'll want to be sure to turn around and appreciate the views of the canyon and city behind you. As you near the top of this canyon you will likely encounter more people as you pass Promontory Point, a scenic vista area with a large rock Ramada, with vehicle parking and restrooms.

Soon after that point you will cross Buena Vista Road, you will continue on this path where you will pass Buena Vista Lookout, a parking lot, and 2 other trails. 1.7 miles after the Buena Vista lot you will hit the Hidden Valley Trail Junction. Bear right and down into Hidden Valley. On Hidden Valley Trail you will go through Fatman's Pass; a narrow gap between two giant rocks. Don't worry, the average person can make it through here, but if necessary, you can choose to go over it. This is a cool spot to take pictures, explore, or take a break. Keep on this trail for a little while until you reach the National Trail Junction. When you reach this junction you'll go left and backtrack a little bit on National Trail, which will lead you into Mormon Trail. Once you're on Mormon Trail follow it until you reach the parking lot, and then you've completed this unique and creative hike. 

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From Phoenix, Arizona

  1. Head west on W Washington St toward 1st Ave (315 ft)
  2. Turn left onto S 1st Ave (0.6 mi)
  3. S 1st Ave turns slightly right and becomes S Central Ave (6.2 mi)
  4. Turn left onto Phoenix S Mountain Park (0.5 mi)
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