We parked near the NE corner of the McDowell Preserve just over the boundary into the Tonto NF. We took a couple of old trails west for a mile+ and then turned south and intersected Hawknest trail from there we made a loop in the preserve.
TNF trail Hawknest The Divide Branding Iron Granite Mtn loop Coyote Canyon Soapberry Wash Dove Valley Barb’s 136th St Express TNF.
The views of the mountains to the east were very nice
Saw quite a few mtn bikers especially as we got further south, 3 equestrians, 1 hiker and 1 steward (Bob).
Didn’t see anyone in the first 2 miles or the last 3 miles..