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Holbert-Lomitas Loop Day Hike
South Mountain Park
December 12, 2020
by Quy Nguyen
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Trailblazers at the sign. [photo by Quy]
Karen, Kelley, Quy, Bill, Michelle, Kenneth, Ian

This loop combines five trails: Holbert, National, Kiwanis, Lomitas, and Box Canyon.

Starting at Holbert Trailhead, we hike 2.5 miles on the Holbert Trail. This trail is popular, so we meet some people along the trail. We keep social distancing. The first 1.7 miles to Dobbins Lookout Junction is steep and rocky, but good views of downtown. There are some petroglyphs along and off the trail.

rock rock
Petroglyphs. [photos by Michelle (left) and Quy (right)]
What critters live here? [photo by Quy]
It’s a big climb. [photo by Quy]
There were lots of hikers on the trail. [photo by Quy]
We get an excellent view. [photo by Quy]

At about two miles, one hiker decides to turn back due to not feeling well. At the end of Holbert Trail, we take the National Trail and hike to junction with Kiwanis Trail, about 2.2 miles. National Trail is very scenic. Some sections of trail wind along with the road.

At the junction of National and Kiwanis Trails, another hiker wants to do a different direction, and he is sure to know well about trails back to parking lot.

Only five hikers continue to hike Kiwanis Trail to Lomitas junction.

Let’s take a break. [photo by Quy]
Finally, we’re on the down grade. [photo by Quy]
Antenna forest. [photo by Quy]
The trail parallels the road. [photo by Quy]

We hike on the flat and easy Lomitas Trail to the Box Canyon Trail. We follow Box Canyon post to parking lot at post #1, about 0.5 mile.

Weather is very pleasant after the rain.

Thanks to all for coming to join my hike.  Happy Trails!

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updated December 13, 2020