Lower Gidro - Hawes, AZ

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Distance Multi-Loop 1.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,987 feet
Elevation Gain 600 feet
Avg Time One Way 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 3.5
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17  2022-04-23
Sunset Ridge - Hawes
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Lower Gidro is Hawesome!

Yesterday, I had a great time sauntering in the Hawes System. I started by parking at Thomas Road and Hawes just outside Las Sendas, where there is no parking allowed. From Thomas, I hiked north past the Hawes Loop Trailhead and over to the Mountain Wash Trail which leads just one-half mile north to the Tonto Forest.Entering the Tonto National Forest, I first hopped on the 52 Trail westerly into the Lower Gidro which was amazingly scenic, wildflowers were super blooming everywhere from the abundant rains from early 2023! After a steep climb topside from the Hawes 52 trail, there were some fantastic views all the way south past the San Tan Mountains to Picacho Peak. Looking north on the ridge Red Mountain and the Boulderdash down below and looking westerly South Mountain, Papago Buttes, Camelback, and the Salt River snaking its way to DTPHX were all visible!

My goal was to transition From Lower Gidro into the new Boulderdash Trail and check it out. From the Boulderdash Trail junction, it is a couple of hundred feet uphill to join up with Red Mountain Rush. The Giddy is Hawesome!

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2023-03-19 BACKROADER & HAZ_Hikebot

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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.

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    Tonto Pass is required.

    Connector trail - Not Applicable

    To hike
    Parking to reach the Mountain Wash Trailhead and the Hawes System needs to be outside of Las Sendas Community. South on Hawes past Thomas Road on the west side and Range Rider Road on the east side. It is about one mile or less walking uphill from Range Rider Road to access the Mountain Wash Trailhead. You will pass by the Hawes Loop Trailhead en route!
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