Hawes Loop

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AVERAGE RATING
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4.38 out of 5
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Intermediate
12
miles

Singletrack
↑ 700 ft
↓ 1,300 ft
1,560
elevation (ft)

Loop
Trail Description
About this trail
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.
added by Guest January 1, 2003
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (32)
 

Bunny Hop

April 11, 2016
 
Review: Absolute pleasure. Can't wait to ride here again. Good work climbing CC and super fun fast flow clockwise. Might be the most fun I've had on a mountain bike, even though I am new at it. There is a pretty challenging downhill section off of the tower road access. Road some and walked the most difficult.

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Gramcounter

January 31, 2016
acarges Gramcounter  
 
Review: Superb ride up to the mines. If you enjoy rocky/technical single track, this is s super fun ride. There are a ton of routes that can be easier but the area is like Disneyland for mountain bikers.

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Doubletrack


December 18, 2015
 
Review: My go to for a short ride near Mesa AZ, The Hawes Loop counter clockwise segment (see Stava) is about 9.6 miles and 1300 plus feet of climbing and I have a blast on my single speed. Being new to the desert I had to learn how to corner when the sand got a bit deep. Side knobs on the front tire are very important. The steep loose stuff puts your traction skills to the test. There isn't much tech, but there is some. Going Clockwise I have to walk a few short sections. There are a few other trails so you can alter the ride for some variety and some out and back trails that go out to THs on Power Rd and over to Usery park. So lots of options, but you may end up doing some trails in both directions or some twice, depending on the route and distance you are going for

Similar Trail: McDowell MT. Usery

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Gramcounter


October 26, 2015
RyanFPrice Gramcounter  
 
Review: This is a fun spider web of trails. This is more XC orientated than South Mountain and you can create new routes on every ride. You can ride all day here, or make for small loops. This is a fun place for lots of friends as it is not very technically demanding. There are a few sections that require skill but for the most part all users can ride here.

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Granny Gear

July 24, 2015
Jackemeyer Granny Gear  
 
Review: We (my friends and I) are beginners, alternating between 1990's fully rigid mtbs and intro- Front Suspensions (Trek & Montague). LOTS OF FUN!

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Granny Gear

March 8, 2015
gurbackied Granny Gear  
 
Review: Visiting the area and first time here. Really nice trail, much less rocky than most in the Phoenix area. A little bit of everything, some flowy XC, decent climbs and cpl short DH spots. Great views. Lots of trails within the network to chg things up. Will definitely come back when next in Phoenix

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Bunny Hop

November 9, 2014
 
Review: This is one of the best trails in phoenix. It has a lot of features to offer from some fast rolling parts to challenging climbs to tight corners and one or two technical spots. However, the big rain/flood that just happened a few months ago have really made this trail very sandy and washed out in a few spots. But with that being said, it's still one of the better trails in Phoenix. I always start at the trailhead off bush highway right next to the canal crossing. I ride counter-clockwise taking hawes rd to saddle and then taking that to saguaro and finishing with ridge trail. It's a great ride and beautiful desert scenery.

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Granny Gear

May 22, 2014
 
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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Bunny Hop

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

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Granny Gear

April 3, 2014
 
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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Granny Gear

April 5, 2014
Guest Granny Gear  
 
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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Hawes Loop MTB Trail 4.38 out of 5 based on 32 ratings. 32 user reviews.
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