Hawes Loop

   
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12
miles

Intermediate

Singletrack
↑ 1,300 ft
↓ 700 ft
6.4
avg mph
85
ridden
57
wishlist
1:33
avg time

Loop
AVERAGE RATING
4.45 out of 5
About This Trail
added by Guest on December 31, 2002
 
Like South Mountain, this trail overlooks the city and every view is spectacular. Looking to the west, the vast city of Phoenix and to the East the beautiful McDowell Mountains. To the North you see Red Mountain and the Salt River. Since the trail is almost all down hill, be sure to stop and look at what you are riding in. The beauty of Arizona is at its peak. Since the trail is primarily down hill on loose disintegrating granite, make sure your brake pads are in good condition, you will use them a lot. After the 5 mile trail ride, which ends on Power Rd, simply ride the road back to the car parked at the shopping center. If you consider yourself a skilled rider and would like a challenge, ride Hawes in the reverse order as described above. You will have to be a good rider in strong physical condition to master the trail ahead. An intermediate to skilled rider should allow 1 to 1.5 hours to complete. Take plenty of water and an extra tube. The desertscape can cause a flat in no time.
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peacemaker1 on May 22, 2014
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Review: Today was my first time riding these trails. I rode in from Thomas/Power Roads. Once I came to the trails I started riding up Hawes (a local said it was cardiac hill) and quickly learned I was out of my league with the steep incline. I came back down the hill and rode saguaro, which became narrow and steep. I had to walk several sections before navigating back down. I think the intermediate rating for this area is way off. It is for the expert rider.

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trek2014 on April 14, 2014
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Review: Didn't know what I was getting into!

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robertwboland on April 3, 2014
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Review: One of the best trails in the Phoenix area. Technical challenges are rare, but the good news is that non-pro's will stay on their bike for longer and enjoy some really scenic singletrack. Lots of clearly marked junctions make for a variety of distance options. I live local and ride this trail about 2-3 times a week. It will always be one of my favorites.

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Guest on April 5, 2014
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Review: Robert.... I'm coming to the Tempe area (phoenix) around April 5-10 and will be on business but looking to ride a bit. Sounds like you know the area and I would appreciate a good ride or two from a local. my name is Phil Meyers and I live in York, PA. Really technical up here so I have a decent skill set. Looking for a place to rent/borrow a bike as well. My phone number is 717 947 0118. My email address is bikeliker2@gmail.com. Any help would be appreciated!Kind Regards,
Phil
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terjeundheim on February 20, 2014
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Review: Had my first ride in these trails yesterday, and cannot wait to get back there. What i like the most is the combination of good climbing and fast and challenging descending.

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jessetoronto on January 5, 2014
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Review: This is such an awesome and under appreciated trail system. I learned to ride here and after living back east in NH for 3 years, I can honestly say this trail is just as good as anything I ride back east. The flow is great, good mix of climbing, rolli pollis, and some windy downhill sections. The views are amazing. Best bet is to enter off the power road trail head - dirt parking lot on left of road right before it starts descending down to the salt river. Trail entrance is 100 feet down the road on right. https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?hl=en&ie=UTF8&oe=UTF8&num=200&t=p&msa=0&msid=103656266278992251523.0004661b537b86460603c&ll=33.504115,-111.66461&spn=0.04652,0.051498&z=14&source=embedI.

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isteb on March 13, 2013
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isteb on March 13, 2013
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Review: I am new to the area, actually this is my backyard too, I was just wondering if anyone here would like to show me around this trail, by the way I am a newbie, on a single speed

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isteb on March 13, 2013
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Review: I am new to the area, actually this is my backyard too, I was just wondering if anyone here would like to show me around this trail, by the way I am a newbie, on a single speed

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murseAK on February 26, 2013
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Review: I was unable to find the trailhead. It appears Urban Sprawl may have swallowed it. Has anyone rode this since 2/25/2013?

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Healthsmith on March 23, 2012
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Review: I have ridden the Hawes Trail network for the past 12 years, as it is practically in my back yard. Some of the most difficult, exciting and scenic riding in the State. I can ride 7 days a week out there and do a different ride every day. My favorite is down the small access trail between Power Rd. and the Canal. Then up the Hawes (AKA The Pig), left at "the tree", up the Mine Loop, over to Twisted Sister (aka Big Rock), down to the "Horse Trail over to Ellsworth Rd, turn around and go back. From my house in Las Sendas out and back it's about 19 miles. Hard work, but great fun!

Similar Trail: Any Hawes Trails.

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jkw602 on September 21, 2010
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Review: I think I might have been on the wrong trail. It was easy enough to find the Hawes Trail sign, but the trail was super narrow and uber steep. I don't think I should have needed to get off and walk my bike that much. Because from the photos, it looks reasonably flat.

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AK_Dan on February 2, 2010
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Review: A lot of fun. There is a whole trail network at the west end of the Hawes tr that really should have its own description here, maybe later- Climbing up the Hawes from the highway and then turning north on the Saddleback tr gives you a few different options for coming back down. The Ridge tr was a blast! I rode for a mile or so out the Twisted Sister before turning around, great trail but not for those afraid of heights or exposure. Expect some climbing and at least a couple technical spots on all these trails.

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Mclayton200 on December 15, 2009
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Review: Most of tijme, I HIKE these loops, using the map found in FAT TIRE TALES AND TRAILS from Cosmic Ray of Flagstaff. Many of my friends BIKE the same trails, but end of walking the trickier parts. Winter mostly, as it is Arizona Desert Region, lots of cactus, and some old mine tailings, and nasty washes, plus rattlesnakes in hot weather, sometimes warm weather also but they give lots of noisy warning to hikers. Bikers who ditch when they hear one often wish they stayed on the bike...

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brian907 on November 13, 2009
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Review: Awesome ride, but I can only comment on my single experience here. If you're trying to find this trailhead, put in E. Teton Circle and choose the most west result. As you go uphill on 48th You'll go through two roundabouts. After the second there's a sign that says HAWES TRAIL LOOP. As you're looking at the sing there's a fence. Take the trail that parallels it up the hillside. You'll probably need to push like I did and wonder if the whole trail is this lame. It's not...very very cool once you get some elevation and start traversing and down to the left. There's a lot of kitty litter loose sand and if you like rock-hard tire pressure like I do on rocks you might want to let some out. I went downhill and interconnected to trail 51? 52? Saguaro and saddle. there's a lot of of interconnected trails and options. Overall I found it a little loose, but windy, rolly and fun. The scenery is great and most of the trails seemed to be on the border of streets so you never feel like you might get stranded in the middle of nowhere. I was there on a Saturday, rode two hours, 78 degrees, and only passed one person...probably lucky...

Similar Trail: national if you're into technical rock hopping, mormon less technical, and trail 100 for more long distance/mixed bag options.

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tysande on October 16, 2009
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Review: Great trail! Better to go when there are clouds or in the winter months. Many trails to chose from. It's a bit confusing which one is Hawes for noobs. There is dirt lot parking right next to one of the trail entrances. Travel north on Power past Safeway, pass canal and park on left. Trail is on east side of road and 100 ft north of parking.

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TMWJR777 on April 8, 2009
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Review: Best ride in Phoenix Metro area.

Similar Trail: Hmmm.....maybe National Trail on South Mtn.

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billp on March 12, 2009
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Review: beginners

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Feltrider on October 3, 2008
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Review: Amazing ride There are trails to fit everyone although I would recommend intemediate and above. Several trails are appropriate for experts (Mine trail). Beautiful views, technical singletrack, challenging climbs, sweet downhill. This trail system has it all! Bring plenty of water and a map would be advisable for newbies.

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chrevans on June 7, 2008
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Review: really good trail. takes a long time to get up but once you hit the downhill areas its an amazing ride. much better than i expected.

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reamer on February 8, 2008
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Review: Great singletrack loops.

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indyjdhjr on June 4, 2005
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Review: The photo above is of Red Mountain near the river and Hawes trail. What a pristine area to ride. Caution...trail is narrow and you can leave it in a hurry. All varieties of Cactii reach out onto the trail and lay claim to it's space, can be painful...bring tweezers. Ride & Rock!

* Review edited 2/22/2008

Similar Trail: Pemberton in the McDowells

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Guest on February 6, 2005
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Review: A friend introduced me to these trails last week and I love it. Its for riders of intermediate abaility. Nothing too hard. Its got some twists and curves, and some ups and downs - kind of like a roller coaster ride. Its very scenic though. You've got red mountain (or whatever its called), plus the salt river, plus hills and lots of cactus (saguaro, red barrel, cholla, etc) and other vegetation. The uphills are short, and not too steep. You can go slow and take in the scenery, or challenge yourself and ride a bit faster. Its my favourite trail next to McDowell mountain ranch in fountain hills.

Similar Trail: McDowell mountain ranch in fountain hills

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Guest on March 25, 2004
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Review: I have been riding this trail for the past 3 weeks. I really enjoy the ride. It is mostly down hill and some areas are technical. I recomend this trail for sure.

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Guest on December 15, 2003
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Review: Many more trails than described above are out there to find. Look on other web sites (www.endersmedia.com/mt-biking.html click Mountain Biking on left) to see a map of the area. You can easily spend several hours out in the desert before comming out on either Power Rd. on the West, Bush Highway to the North, Usery Pass to the East, and Hawes\McDowell area on the South. Look for Mine Trail, several old mine entrances are still located on this trail. Head East from this area (Before descending down to Bush Highway) and enjoy a several mile technical ride up into the desert until finally comming out at "The Pit" (The PIT was dug out years ago as a firing range but guns no longer allowed, it's cool but beware as you streak into the open, lots of shells still there). Head straight out the other side, Usery Pass Rd. is a couple hundred feet more. Head either South up the pavement a few miles to McDowell then West back to Power, or, start off South down to Bush Highway, go left and take the pavement all through the river area until finally making the trek up the hill to Power. FYI... Bush Highway turns into Power Rd. as it changes from East\West to North\South direction. I ride these trails every week and am still finding new trails with great views. You can spend most of the day out here if you include the pavement riding by the river, which I recommend if you are new to the area, so bring lots of water, cell phone, energy bars, TUBES! Some of the trails are quite technical for a beginner but still lots of fun. The aerobic level all depends on which trails you ride in what direction. Best riding in the East Valley by far. South Mountain good also but I enjoy Hawes much more since I can ride it straight from my house and back. The trailhead at the end of Hawes is being pushed back more and more by developers but don't let that stop you, it's still there, just a little more pavement before you start. Actually the construction foreman currently tearing up Hawes Rd. has been quite friendly. The road is technically closed at this time, except to local traffic, but all he ever says is "Watch out for the big trucks so they don't flatten you". Be courtious and stay out of the way and you should have no problems, Enjoy.

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Guest on December 31, 1969
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Review: Do not go here if you do not have some skill. This is very dangerous if you do not poses the technical skills needed and you can get hurt quickly. I can see this trail causing the need for and airlift to the nearest hospital.

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Hawes Loop MTB Trail 4.45 out of 5 based on 25 ratings. 25 user reviews.
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