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South Mountain Park
January 25, 2020
by Tom Simonick
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Trailblazers at South Mountain Park. [photo by Tom]
front:  Tom, Vicky, Li, Gail, Debbie
back: Dave, Ramona, Billie, Neil, Andy, Heather, John, Chris, Michael, Kevin, Chuck
Not shown:  Tamar, Terry, Joe

After dropping our food off at our ramada, nineteen Trailblazers carpooled a short distance to the Holbert trailhead.

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At the Holbert Trailhead. [photo by Tom]

The hike was our appetite enhancer, prior to our annual potluck. It was a cold morning, but the sun was out and promised a comfortable day to hike and especially, to eat. The Holbert trail is only 2.5 miles each way, but after the first 0.75 miles, the trail climbs up 1000 feet to meet the National Trail.

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Time to Climb. [photo by Li]
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On the trail. [photo by Tom]

It was not long until we hiked out of the shadows and into the sun, resulting in shedding layers of clothing.

We hiked up a couple of canyons, and instead of going to the end of the trail we took the Dobbins Lookout exit trail, arriving at the lookout. There is a viewing platform that has a bronze plate pointing to features around the valley.

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Viewing Platform. [photo by Tom]

Slightly below the platform is the lookout where we took some pictures.

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Billie and Ramona point out interesting sights.[photo by Tom]
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Debbie, Li, and Heather at the Lookout. [photo by Tom]
Vicky
Vicky. [photo by Li]
Tom
Tom. [photo by Li]

The lookout was constructed by the CCC in the 1930s, like many of the trails and structures in the park. After taking our pictures, we hiked back to the trailhead, and from there, drove back to our ramada for the potluck and awards.

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updated February 5, 2020