Hawes Trail System
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Hawes Trail System, AZ
2007-06-2425 by
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Phoenix, AZ
Hiking13.00 Miles   2 Hrs   10 Mns    6.00 mph
400 ft AEG   
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This area is referred to as the Hawes Pass area in the Beartooth map of the municipal and county parks in the Metro Phoenix area. Its the undeveloped area where Power Road turns into the Bush Highway. Before finding this particular Beartooth map, I never knew there were trails here. I believe that most of them are fairly new. There is some development bordering it to the south, but the views to the north of Red Mountain and off towards Four Peaks and beyond make the area worth a visit. At times there are also very good views of Camelback Mt. and the Estrellas far to the west. I particularly like this area since it's a short drive to my house and I haven't yet done all the trails here. There are enough loops here to make it possible to do a short hike, which is necessary when hiking in June-August.

I decided to do this hike to finish a few of the trail sections I hadn't yet done, and to try to condition myself to the heat some more in preparation for my July 7 hike to Peter's Cave/Peralta Headquarters (?). I had my route planned out and the mileage on the map added up to 6.4 miles. After I had finished, the GPS said 5.1, and on my computer after downloading the track it said 4.7. I'm going split the difference and go with 5.1 as my official distance. I started the hike at 1:18pm, right at the heat of the day and finished at 3:27pm. I saw no one else on the trails while hiking up there, but it did seem like some people were hiking along down by the river. Nothing eventful happened other than the 110 degree heat. Most of the trails are fairly level, so it wasn't that difficult. The fruit on the saguaros is almost ripe. I tried one but it wasn't very sweet yet. There were still quite a few that weren't picked clean by the birds, so that usually means they need another week or so.
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