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Hawes Trail #52 - Hawes, AZ

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Distance One Way 3.75 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,464 feet
Elevation Gain 764 feet
Accumulated Gain 946 feet
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Namesake trail in the Hawes Trail System. Heavy mountain bike usage, also open to hiking and equestrian use.

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    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.

    Most recent Triplog Reviews
    Hawes Trail #52 - Hawes
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    First time on the Hawes system. In fact I only heard about it a week ago. I parked at the TH for the Hawes trail #52, right after the canal. Started at 6:35 and by 7:00 I had already seen 3 bikers. So my first thought was oh no what have I selected. Took the Hawes trail (and Microwave Tower Trail) up to the Microwave towers. On the way back I turned onto a side trail thinking it was the Secret Trail. About a mile in ran into a nice lady who told me that it wasn't the Secret, rather the Cactus Garden and that it didn't join up again with the rest of the trail system. But that a hundred yards ahead there was a great view. So I continued on for the great view and got a couple pictures. Interesting that the Cactus Garden goes about 80 feet higher than the Microwave tower area. Then retraced my steps back to the Hawes.

    I found the Magic Mountain Trail which led me to the Upper Secret and then the Secret Trail. Then onto the Saddle which led to the Saguaro. Then took the Ridge Trail and back to the Hawes.

    It was fairly hot out there with the sun beating down. Not many people being a Monday. I think my main concern with the Hawes is that it follows just about in the back yards of houses much of the way. Nice houses but I'd rather be away from houses.
    Hawes Trail #52 - Hawes
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    Hawes 6-mile loop
    Bagging 2000-foot peaks has been getting old but I still needed to get out and hike. I thought this would be a good area of gently rolling terrain but no killer climbs. Haven't been here in a decade, and even then, only on a bike. We went after dark to avoid the bikes. We still saw 4-5 out riding with lights.

    Despite a cloudless, moonless night, we didn't need headlamps. The trails here are great. If I was a trail runner, this would be a place to be. Somehow we managed to get over 1000aeg in a little over 6 miles, despite not bagging any peaks!

    I realized that despite last weekend's adventure in the Kofas, 6 miles was longer than any of the hikes we did! This was much, much easier though. Still great to get out for a couple of hours. Perfect weather, though the humidity seems to be picking up ahead of the storm.

    We made good time for a night hike with no headlamps. Another plus for the quality of the trails here.

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    Paved - Car Okay

    To mtn bike ride
    Pre 2018
    Exit Loop 202 / Red Mountain Freeway at Power Road. Travel north 2 miles and park in the dirt lot on the west side of the road just after crossing the canal. The trail begins just downhill from there on the east side of the road.

    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.
    page created by chumley on Feb 27 2014 11:30 pm
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