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Road Trip Hike: Holbert Cabin 

There aren't many hiking trails along Phantom Canyon Road, which serves as another testament to it's rugged nature.

But, if you're looking for a nice, short historic and mostly easy hike, this trek is for you. All directions are from the well marked start of Phantom Canyon Road off of U.S. 50 just west of the town of Florence.
Bob Falcone
Just under 14 miles from US Highway 50 you'll encounter this bridge, an original trestle from the railroad days and the only bridge like it on the road.
Bob Falcone
Just before the bridge are some interpretive signs on the left side of the road. Park in the parking area on the right.
Bob Falcone
There are two signs with information about the railroad, but only one is still legible.
Bob Falcone
The trails starts at the gate to the right of the bridge. You can also drive past the gate a short distance, which will reduce the hike length a little. BE SURE TO SECURE THE GATE BEHIND YOU.
Bob Falcone
Once through the gate, the trail descends a few hundred feet, the only place with any significant elevation loss or gain. The trail turns to the right, following and crossing a creek a few times before coming to this gate to private land. There is no camping allowed between Phantom Canyon Road and private land.
Bob Falcone
Although this gate is locked, there is a pedestrian pass-thru. From here, you'll be on private land with a public easement. STAY ON THE TRAIL.
Bob Falcone
The trail winds it's way through the forest and is mostly flat, with some gently rolling grades. There are also a number of creek crossings — easy to rock-hop across them without getting wet feet in the early spring.
Bob Falcone
Stay on the trail. In case you forget, read the sign.
Bob Falcone
At just under a mile from Phantom Canyon Road, you'll arrive at the Holbert Cabin (on your left), and an old corral (on the right). Proceed through the gate and go to the fence surrounding the cabin. DO NOT DISTURB THE CABIN. This is also where the creek forks to the left and right. From here you can either turn around for a 2-mile round trip, or return to the trail and continue along the right fork.
Bob Falcone
Holbert Cabin
Bob Falcone
After leaving Holbert Cabin and continuing to the right at the fork for about a half-mile, there's another cabin. The cabin is fenced in and the gate is locked. Bear to the left from here.
Bob Falcone
A few hundred feet after the second cabin, the trail re-enters public land.
Bob Falcone
From here, the trail is closed to any motorized use. Immediately after this sign you'll enter a clearing, then another clearing. Bear left at the second clearing.
Bob Falcone
The second clearing. The trail continues on, crossing the mostly dry creek a couple of times. There are rock cairns in places where the trail may not be immediately obvious. At about 2 miles from Phantom Canyon Road the trail disappears, which seemed like a good place to turn around, for about a 4-mile round trip hike.
Bob Falcone
The hike, starting and ending at the bottom of the map.
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Bob Falcone
Just under 14 miles from US Highway 50 you'll encounter this bridge, an original trestle from the railroad days and the only bridge like it on the road.
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