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Boulderdash Trail - Hawes, AZ

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Distance One Way 1.2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,269 feet
Elevation Gain 500 feet
Avg Time One Way 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 2.87
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211  2023-03-18 BACKROADER
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Preferred Nov, Dec, Jan, Mar → 7 AM
Seasons   Late Autumn to Spring
Sun  5:22am - 7:24pm
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White Knuckle Mountain Biking Hiking

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! My goal was to transition From Lower Gidro into the new Boulderdash Trail and check it out.

Boulderdash was a white-knuckle scramble for any hiker not to mention a crazy insane route for any mountain biker!

I was the lone hiker the entire Saturday afternoon and one out of about 10 mountain bikers face-planted in a ten-foot wipe-out drop, but somehow shook it off and continued. Believe it or not, there are plenty of 20-foot boulder drops that challenge even the best of hikers. The springtime scenery was totally mind-blowing including views into DTPHX South Mountain, Papago Buttes, Camelback and McDowell Mountains, and Red Mountain with the Salt River flowing past Granite Reef Dam. All visible towards sunset.

Exiting Boulderdash I circled back south on the Magic Mountain Trail until it junctioned back to the Hawes Loop Trail #52. From there I turned the circle loop back east the way I came completing the loop after dark when the East Valley of the Sun turned into a brilliant night light show especially hiking the well-lit sidewalks back to Thomas Road.

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2023-03-19 BACKROADER & HAZ_Hikebot

    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.

     Permit $$
    Tonto Pass is required.

    Info is below 'Directions to trail'

    To hike
    Parking outside of the Las Sendas Community is Required then hiking one half mile to the Trailhead off Hawes Road! Connecting Trails are the Mountain Wash Trail, Hawes 52 Trail, Lower Gidro, into Boulderdash, Upper Secret and Magic Mountain Trails. LOOP HIKE!
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