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Hawes Trail System, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Phoenix > Mesa NE
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Difficulty 2 of 5
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Distance Multi-Loop 13 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,500 feet
Elevation Gain 400 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 3 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 15
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Author AZLOT69
author avatar Guides 160
Routes 245
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Trips 1,801 map ( 15,504 miles )
Age 68 Male Gender
Location Gold Canyon, AZ
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Sun  5:21am - 7:26pm
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Looking for a quick hike or want to burn some calories on your mountain bike, close to town ? Look no further than the Hawes Trail System in Northeast Mesa. While still under development, these trails already offer a great cross country desert experience. When completed these single track trails will join with the Usery Mountain trail system off Ellsworth and within the Usery Mountain Park System.


While there is no specific destination in mind, the trails meander through the Sonoran desert offering views of Red Mountain, Four Peaks, Fountain Hills, Granite Reef Dam , the Salt River and the west side of Usery Mountain. Built with mountain bikes in mind but great for moderate hiking as well. The area is clean and free of trash unlike the Granite Reef picnic area just down the road which has been totally trashed. Not for the hiking purist, you'll be sharing the trail with bikes on some occasions.

There is a map posted at the trailhead. There are several well marked interconnecting trails so you can design your own loop for the desired distance. Made up of Hawes Trail # 52, 3.5 miles, Ridge Trail # 59, 1 3/4 miles, Saguaro Trail #50, 3 miles, Saddle Trail #51, 1.5 miles, Granite Trail # 54, the Mine trail, Twisted Sister and the Wild Horse Trail. The last three mentioned are not marked yet. They are part of the Sonoran Desert Trail System Expansion Project that will designate them as official trails, but they do exist. The map I have included is not official yet but will help you to decide a route.

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Map removed as it contained an unauthorized trail on the reservation. Everything east of Power Rd seems fine and within the Tonto National Forest.

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2007-11-27 AZLOT69
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Pre 2018
    From 202(red Mountain Freeway) exit Power Road. 2.1 Miles north just after you cross the canal there is a small gravel parking area on the left.

    2018
    There is NO LONGER ANY PARKING on the west side of Power Road/Bush Highway.
    The Central Arizona Project has added a new fence and gate with NO PARKING signs.
    While there will be some parking along Power south of the canal, a good option is parking either behind the Walgreen's at Power & Thomas or the Park & Ride on Power under the 202.
    90+° 8am - 6pm kills
    Avoid Heat Illness - stay cool
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