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Scorpion Trail - Hawes, AZ

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Distance One Way 2.04 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,828 feet
Elevation Gain -376 feet
Accumulated Gain 9 feet
Avg Time One Way 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 2.07
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Author CannondaleKid
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Location Mesa, AZ
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Ain't no scorpions... just wild horses
by CannondaleKid

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Scorpion Trail is another mountain bike trail added to the Hawes Trail System in December 2018. This trail links the Wild Horse Trail to the fence-opening at the horse crossing on Bush Highway near Milepost 226. (Near the Salt River Tubing lot)
It begins at a point along Wild Horse Trail just over 3 miles from Bush Highway from the west, or about a mile from Usery Pass Road, passing through the gravel pit.

This trail is designed for and primarily to be used by mountain bikers, but you may encounter hikers, equestrians, and yes, even wild horses, so be aware. (I passed through three separate groups of wild horse on the hike)

The Forest Service authorized the Scorpion Trail. An environmental assessment was performed in 2008... it just took ten years before it moved forward. And move forward it did, with the trail being constructed over the first weekend in December 2018.

The Forest Service authorized neither the nearby High Horse and Horse Tale trails, and needless to say, they are not happy about it. The reason I mention it here is the Forest Service urges the general public to help by reporting any out-of-the-ordinary or perceived illegal activity.
For example: If you observe new trail construction without any Forest Service employees present, contact the Mesa Forest Service office at 480-610-3300

Mountain Bike
Easy single-track trail with a nice flowing rhythm on a hard-packed gravel surface (some grass at the moment) featuring short straights, turns with curved berms, and a few jumps along with a very minor but steady loss of elevation.
It will be a while yet before I'm able to bike it, but from the looks of it, there will be some high-speed sections where one could easily reach 25-30 mph... especially for the younger riders who have yet to break enough bones to slow them down.

Very easy... no sandy washes, no thorny stuff, just a nice hard-packed surface. Due to the area being so flat, most scenery is the Palo Verde & Ironwood trees and vegetation, including jojoba, cholla, ocotillo, etc.

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

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2018-12-03 CannondaleKid

    One-Way Notice
    This hike is listed as One-Way.

    When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
    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 hike
    To approach from the WEST along Wild Horse Trail from Bush Highway:
    Exit Loop 202 / Red Mountain Freeway at Power Road. Travel north 4.2 miles and park on the side of the road where permitted.
    To begin from the NORTH terminus of the Scorpion Trail: (Horse crossing gate on Bush Highway)
    Same directions as above, just continue north on Bush Highway for an additional 2.7 miles.
    PLEASE NOTE: As of April 12, 2019, there is NO PARKING along Bush Highway within roughly a few hundred yards in either direction of the fence opening at Scorpion Trail.
    New signs warn of tow-away zones near any of the horse crossing fence-openings.

    To approach from the EAST along Wild Horse Trail from Usery Pass Road:
    Drive about 9 miles north of the U.S. 60 on Ellsworth Road/Usery Pass Road and park on the west side next to the steel railing.
    page created by CannondaleKid on Dec 03 2018 1:23 pm
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