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Sunset Ridge - Hawes
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2022-06-05  
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Sunset Ridge - HawesPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking1.36 Miles 858 AEG
Hiking1.36 Miles
858 ft AEG
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1st trip
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I stayed up too late Saturday night to catch the sunrise on Sunday, so I opted for a sunset hike. I wanted to explore the area north and west of the Usery Peaks, along the Sunset Ridge area. I parked at the first lot on Bush Highway east of Granite Reef and started up the Saguaro Trail. It was a hot start at 545pm, but the sun was getting close to the horizon.

I worked my way over the Twisted Sister junction and took that for a short distance until I started up the Sunset Ridge Trail. This section was steep and twisty. I am not sure I would like riding my bike down this one. I am sure there's a group of daredevil riders that enjoy that sort of trail, but it was steep going up and then back down.

I moved down a ways from the ridge to catch the sunset. It was subtle, but very nice. After sunset, I started back down the same way.

I saw a couple bikers, no other hikers, a few lizards and the assorted doves and hawks. It is dry, dry, dry out there for sure. Crunchy shrubs and golden grass.

I like this area for hiking. The trails are groomed and east to navigate. The views from the high points are very nice for sure.

A hot, short and steep one, but I will take it.
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