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High Horse Trail, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Phoenix > Mesa NE
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Distance One Way 2.05 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,562 feet
Elevation Gain 220 feet
Accumulated Gain 293 feet
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Scorpion Trail - Hawes
4  2018-06-10 cw50must
50  2018-04-01 CannondaleKid
Author CannondaleKid
author avatar Guides 43
Routes 135
Photos 19,684
Trips 1,732 map ( 14,775 miles )
Age 68 Male Gender
Location Mesa, AZ
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Preferred   Feb, Jan, Dec, Nov
Sun  7:10am - 6:12pm
Official Route
3 Alternative
Nearby Area Water
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233 ft
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2.0 mi
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Twisted Sister Super Loop
0.6 mi away
9.0 mi
814 ft
Twisted Sister - Hawes
0.6 mi away
1.9 mi
438 ft
Salt River Trail #100
Salt River Trail #100
0.8 mi away
3.0 mi
110 ft
Scorpion Alley - Hawes
Scorpion Alley - Hawes
1.5 mi away
0.8 mi
17 ft
Lower Salt River Interpretive Trail #6
Lower Salt River Interpretive Trail #6
1.5 mi away
2.3 mi
100 ft
Scorpion Trail - Hawes
Scorpion Trail - Hawes
1.6 mi away
2.0 mi
9 ft
Coon Bluff Loop
Coon Bluff Loop
1.6 mi away
4.0 mi
200 ft
Granite Trail #54 - Hawes
1.8 mi away
0.7 mi
184 ft
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Likely In-Season!
This is the latest mountain bike trail added to the Hawes Trail System in March 2018. This trail is an alternate route to the existing Wild Horse Trail - AKA Lead Trail.

This trail is used by bikers, hikers, equestrians and yes, even wild horses, so be aware. And if you're lucky, you just may catch a glimpse of a deer or javelina... I saw tracks of both crossing the bike trail when I hiked the trail.

High Horse Trail begins at a point one mile east of Bush Highway along the existing Wild Horse Trail, reconnecting at the 3 mile point of the Wild Horse Trail, so, from the point the two trails diverge to the point they reconnect is the same distance for either trail..

High Horse Trail forks off to the south (a right turn if you are heading east) then travels roughly parallel to the Wild Horse Trail, albeit at a slightly higher elevation.

High Horse provides practically the same type of terrain as Wild Horse, with plenty of ups & downs, tight turns, switch-backs and of course dry wash crossings.

I've been told it is more fun to ride west-to-east, even though I have not biked it yet, based on how many times I saw a rider walking up a number of spots, I believe I'd favor it east-to-west, along a gradual descent.

When hiking you likely wouldn't notice the difference.

Water Sources
None - Bring your own. (Oh yeah, please don't leave empty bottles along the trails or where you park)

Leave No Trace and +Add a Triplog after your mtn bike ride to support this local community.

2018-04-01 CannondaleKid
    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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    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To mtn bike ride
    Beginning from Power Road and the Red Mountain 202, travel 4 miles north on Bush Highway to a small gravel turnout. The Wild Horse Trail begins at the end of the guard-rail, so you will follow it one mile until you reach the west end of the High Horse Trail.
    page created by CannondaleKid on Apr 01 2018 11:54 am
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