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Ridge Trail #59 - Hawes - 8 members in 24 triplogs have rated this an average 2.8 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Jan 11 2022
LindaAnn
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41 female
 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Hawes Meander, AZ 
Hawes Meander, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 11 2022
LindaAnn
Hiking8.62 Miles 1,243 AEG
Hiking8.62 Miles   4 Hrs   18 Mns   2.29 mph
1,243 ft AEG      32 Mns Break
 
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Angela invited me to join her and her friend Deborah for a hike out at Hawes. I was up for anything she suggested, especially some new to me trails, so this was a good loop.

We parked at the north end of the loop, crossed the road, and headed southwest on Saguaro Trail. Some small ups and downs, which was the them for most of the loop, and some nice views of Red Mountain. Most of the junctions seemed to be signed, but having a track was helpful since trails seem to head in every direction.

We made our way south on Granite Trail, then Ridge Trail, before getting onto Hawes Trail. Took that south, then east along the edge of the neighborhood. Near the southeast corned of the loop, we turned onto Magic Mtn Trail. This one headed west for a bit before turning north. There were some steep spots on this one, but they were short. There were also some nice sections through a wash, and some interesting rock formations--similar to the north end of the McDowells.

We turned north on Saddle Trail and followed that to Saguaro Trail (again) at the north end of the loop, taking that west to finish out. That section of Saguaro was also nice as it followed a ridge with some good views in all directions, a few mines, and lots of quartz. Saguaro also had a few steep spots coming off the ridge, with the decomposed granite trying to make you lose your footing.

Nice day for this one, especially with the breeze and high clouds. We didn't see many hikers (mostly just two groups in the first half) nor many bikers, but I'm sure weekends are a mess of bikes.
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Mount McDowell (Red Mountain)
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Jan 11 2022
tibber
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66 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Hawes Meander, AZ 
Hawes Meander, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 11 2022
tibber
Hiking8.69 Miles 1,247 AEG
Hiking8.69 Miles   4 Hrs   17 Mns   2.35 mph
1,247 ft AEG      35 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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Since Deborah was in town, I wanted to continue a new tradition we started last year (San Tans) which was to do a hike together, and Duke too. Since last year I've wanted to give this trail system a spin... well not a spin on a bike but in my hiking shoes. Linda was game and she let me pick the start time of 9AM. Kelly was going to join us but her plane was late. Kelly would have liked this hike plus I wanted her to hook up with my friend Debbie since they have running in common.

Finding a parking area was a bit of a challenge so I PMed @adenium (thank you) and he gave us four possibilities so we picked the one just to the east of Granite Reef Rec area. There were quite a few cars at this lot and we encountered this group fairly early on during our hike. We would see another large group and then about half-dozen other hikers and about the same number of bike riders, so not bad. The tread was very nice and it proved to be a roller coaster hike which I like. We had a couple good hills mixed in.

The scenery was typical desert that teased us with several good views of Red Mountain :) . We came upon an area with two roads and a blowout to the north that was a mystery that we eventually figured out was part of the canal system; exactly what part we're not positive about... The hike got particularly interesting, on the south side, after we got past the first row of very nice homes and headed east and then north and then east back down by another set of houses before making the final turn north. The rockery and steeper mountains to our east were impressive. Linda labeled our hike description appropriately as the trail really starts some serious meandering from area to area.

The trail erosion efforts were interesting; something I've not seen before. I'll post a picture.
We stopped for a little break before finishing off the last 1/2 or so of the hike. From here we encountered some steeper parts of the hike going down into the narrow wash as the trail was a little slippery from the loose granite. We checked out a wounded saguaro and a couple very green, very little plants. We saw some cool rock formations and Red Mountain would pop up into view here and there.

As we finished off the last leg that took you up to a saddle and side of a mountain we were treated to good views of the river and then were rewarded with a mine area on the Mineshaft Trail. The quartz in this area was very pretty. And fortunately, Linda's curiosity struck again as we went to the top of the hill above the mine and got a spectacular treat with some great 360 views. It was a clear day in almost every direction too. You get a couple long switchbacks to get you down the mountain with just a couple slippery areas. The views to the river kept us entertained too📷.

We enjoyed our Huckleberry Wheat Lager before going our separate ways. It was nippy and windy in the morning to start and in less then a couple miles later it warmed enough to take off my jacket. It was nice for the rest of the hike with only a slight breeze as we did the interior and then got windy again once we got to the north high part of the hike.

WATCH: 8.5 miles with a starting temp of 47.7 and 40% humidity (high point 1876, low point 1257) Avg bpm 127, max 167 with 33% at zone 3, 52% at zone 2 and 12% at zone 1 burning 1604 calories finishing at 1:15PM
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Dec 10 2021
Yoder
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56 male
 Joined Oct 07 2017
 Chandler, AZ
Twisted Sister - HawesPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 10 2021
Yoder
Hiking7.20 Miles 1,100 AEG
Hiking7.20 Miles   2 Hrs   38 Mns   2.94 mph
1,100 ft AEG      11 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
We thought we would check out this area. It is certainly used heavily by mountain bikers. Got there a little early, and one car was there. Another couple of vehicles with bikes pulled in while we were waiting for dawn to break. Friday morning? Usually we will have the trail to ourselves this early on a weekday.

Our plan was to go down the Wild Horse trail, but as we were started we had three different bikers pass us. We thought the Twisted sister trail looked less used, so we backtracked a little to the intersection and went on that. Now we were winging it. Lucky enough we ran across a sign/map at the end of the Twisted Sister leg, and mapped out a balloon hike. The map did have a barcode you can scan for the latest mountain bike trails. I don't have a smart phone, but I took a photo, and when I got home it leads to this website:
https://www.trailforks.com/region/hawes ... -111.66429

All the latest updates are here, and It looks like we could have made this an actual loop if we were to hit the Mine trail followed by the Riverview trail. Riverview trail wasn't on the map on the trail, so we ended up retracing the Twisted Sister trail.

The trails here are extensively used by mountain bikers, ran into probably a dozen of bikers over the course of the hike. As stated in the Coon Bluff hike, this area looks to be a good night hike area; trails are easy to follow, so I think I'll wait until spring/summer to explore more in this area at night; not one I would recommend during the day, to many bikers.
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Feb 27 2021
DarthStiller
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52 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Hawes Trail #52 - HawesPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 27 2021
DarthStiller
Hiking9.95 Miles 1,486 AEG
Hiking9.95 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   2.23 mph
1,486 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
I had some errands to run today, so I picked hiking at the closest trails to my house. I picked a route to hike sections of trail that I hadn't hike in well over 10 years.

I started a figure 8 circuit with the Mineshaft Trail from the parking area east of Granite Reef on the Bush Highway. At the top there, I took the Saguaro Trail all the way down to the Hawes Trail and headed east again. There is a little unofficial trail that goes to the top of Peak 1970. It's pretty steep and loose towards the top, so I decided to bushwhack my way down. Looks like there were signs that others had done the same, the route was pretty easy to walk, not too loose, steep, or overgrown anywhere. at the end of the Hawes I took the Saddle Trail north, then cut to the west on the Upper Ridge and Ridge Trails, and back on the Granite with where I started. At that point I had only done 8 miles, so I went out and back on the Riverview Trail to get my mileage up to 10. The riverview trail has so much ups and downs on it, it's more work than it seems at first.

Looking forward to the new trails they'll be adding this area in the coming year or so.
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Jan 10 2021
paulhubbard
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63 male
 Joined Jun 01 2010
 Mesa, AZ
Hawes Trail SystemPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 10 2021
paulhubbard
Hiking5.70 Miles 400 AEG
Hiking5.70 Miles   2 Hrs   15 Mns   2.53 mph
400 ft AEG
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It's been a few years since we hiked the Hawes Trails north of Las Sendas. Not much has changed, except the trails are obviously getting lots of use by the mountain bikers, and one of my favorite cactus' growth seems to have been stunted. Great day to get out!
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Nov 02 2020
AugustWest
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47 male
 Joined Mar 16 2019
 Phoenix
Hawes Trail SystemPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Nov 02 2020
AugustWest
Run/Jog2.52 Miles 278 AEG
Run/Jog2.52 Miles      30 Mns   5.21 mph
278 ft AEG      1 Min Break
 
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I like Hawes. These trails are first and foremost great mt. bike trails and secondarily good trails for running. Great views of Red Mountain. 95 degrees at the start with the trail system all to myself at 3. I passed 3 bikers on the way out. I've got some work to do before I hit my goal of stringing three 10 minute miles together.
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Sep 07 2020
Nightstalker
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53 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Goodyear, AZ
Hawes Loop, AZ 
Hawes Loop, AZ
 
Mtn Biking avatar Sep 07 2020
Nightstalker
Mtn Biking8.70 Miles 1,120 AEG
Mtn Biking8.70 Miles   2 Hrs   5 Mns   6.37 mph
1,120 ft AEG      43 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
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First time riding Hawes trail system. Lots of fun. Loads of other bikers, hikers, and joggers out enjoying the holiday as well.
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CannondaleKid
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71 male
 Joined May 04 2004
 Mesa, AZ
Hawes Smoky Loop, AZ 
Hawes Smoky Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 14 2020
CannondaleKid
Hiking2.90 Miles 486 AEG
Hiking2.90 Miles   1 Hour   11 Mns   2.45 mph
486 ft AEG15 LBS Pack
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1st trip
We thought we'd get in an early hike in before back to the grind working on the house. Not only was it early but it was quick as well. As more smoke rolled along a light easterly wind it wasn't long before our throats were raw, and before we could get back to the car we were practically choking on the smoke from the Bush Fire. A wet neck gaiter for me and a wet neckerchief for Tracey may have helped a bit but as thick as the smoke was we couldn't tell.
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Jun 11 2020
CannondaleKid
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71 male
 Joined May 04 2004
 Mesa, AZ
Hawes Loop & Bush Fence Line, AZ 
Hawes Loop & Bush Fence Line, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 11 2020
CannondaleKid
Hiking4.10 Miles 627 AEG
Hiking4.10 Miles   1 Hour   38 Mns   2.51 mph
627 ft AEG15 LBS Pack
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1st trip
Quick early hike
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Jun 26 2019
CannondaleKid
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71 male
 Joined May 04 2004
 Mesa, AZ
Hawes On-Trail Loop, AZ 
Hawes On-Trail Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 26 2019
CannondaleKid
Hiking4.20 Miles 869 AEG
Hiking4.20 Miles   1 Hour   41 Mns   2.50 mph
869 ft AEG12 LBS Pack
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1st trip
Early morning loop to beat the heat. No wildlife encounters, just four mountain bikers.
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Jun 07 2019
CannondaleKid
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71 male
 Joined May 04 2004
 Mesa, AZ
Hawes On-Off Trail Loop, AZ 
Hawes On-Off Trail Loop, AZ
 
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CannondaleKid
Hiking4.30 Miles 1,122 AEG
Hiking4.30 Miles   1 Hour   57 Mns   2.21 mph
1,122 ft AEG6 LBS Pack
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A 60/40 hike... with the 60% being off-trail. Five bikers, two hikers, no reptiles.
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Jun 06 2019
CannondaleKid
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71 male
 Joined May 04 2004
 Mesa, AZ
Hawes On-Off Trail Loop, AZ 
Hawes On-Off Trail Loop, AZ
 
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CannondaleKid
Hiking2.60 Miles 450 AEG
Hiking2.60 Miles   1 Hour   5 Mns   2.40 mph
450 ft AEG6 LBS Pack
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Short & early to beat the heat.
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May 26 2019
CannondaleKid
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 Mesa, AZ
Hawes On-Off Trail Loop, AZ 
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CannondaleKid
Hiking4.00 Miles 814 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   1 Hour   54 Mns   2.11 mph
814 ft AEG5 LBS Pack
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Another reptile hunt... didn't help to be 90 minutes earlier.
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May 25 2019
CannondaleKid
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 Mesa, AZ
Hawes On-Off Trail Loop, AZ 
Hawes On-Off Trail Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 25 2019
CannondaleKid
Hiking3.20 Miles 653 AEG
Hiking3.20 Miles   1 Hour   14 Mns   2.59 mph
653 ft AEG5 LBS Pack
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Another failed reptile hunt... probably because I should have been here 90 minutes earlier. I though on Memorial Weekend it would be BUSY on the trails, but I guess most folks went farther out-of-town.

SIDE NOTE about Hawes parking:
It's really a chore for Hawes parking now that Maricopa County just installed new 'No Parking' signs all the way back to the gravel pit entrance.

So now it's no parking from the gravel pits all they way down to Granite Reef Rec Site. No parking on the concrete by the canal either.

Yet even with all the signs, there were still three vehicles parked just before the guardrail entrance to Hawes (must be illiterate) which were still there when I left. But ignorance is no excuse... I saw one vehicle towed from that area yesterday so who knows how big a gamble it is to park there.
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Nov 10 2018
ddgrunning
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51 male
 Joined Apr 13 2011
 Gilbert, AZ
Hawes Trail System-Winged Dragon Loop, AZ 
Hawes Trail System-Winged Dragon Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 10 2018
ddgrunning
Hiking8.24 Miles 1,298 AEG
Hiking8.24 Miles   1 Hour   49 Mns   4.62 mph
1,298 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
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1st trip
Beautiful morning for a trail run through the Hawes Trails. I call this one the winged dragon due to the shape of the route on the map. Several mountain bikers out. Saw a roadrunner.
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ddgrunning
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 Gilbert, AZ
Hawes Trail SystemPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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ddgrunning
Mtn Biking5.41 Miles 723 AEG
Mtn Biking5.41 Miles   1 Hour   10 Mns   4.64 mph
723 ft AEG
 
I've done some trail runs out here, but first time on a MB. Went with my son. My bike is 20+ years old, so definitely not the best equipment. That, and a little lack of experience, resulted in a pretty good spill about half way through. A few raspberries and a bruised up right thumb left me giving "Scout handshakes" at church the next day, but otherwise, we had a fun time. Probably will opt for some more gentle trails next time, like the trails on the south side of Pass Mountain in Usery Park.
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Dec 24 2016
cw50must
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45 male
 Joined Jun 09 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Hawes Trail #52 - HawesPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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cw50must
Mtn Biking11.50 Miles 946 AEG
Mtn Biking11.50 Miles
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1st trip
This was my Christmas eve ride. Parked at the park-n-ride, went up Hawes (up Cardiac) Over on Saddle, down upper ridge, did a bit of Saguaro, then back out hawes. Also did a bit of TRW before heading back on fence line. Nice and overcast, trails were in great shape.
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Apr 24 2016
diesul
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46 female
 Joined Mar 29 2011
 Mesa, AZ
Hawes Loop, AZ 
Hawes Loop, AZ
 
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diesul
Hiking2.99 Miles 400 AEG
Hiking2.99 Miles   1 Hour   42 Mns   2.19 mph
400 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
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Nice loop through the Hawes Trail System.
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Apr 17 2016
diesul
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46 female
 Joined Mar 29 2011
 Mesa, AZ
Hawes Loop, AZ 
Hawes Loop, AZ
 
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diesul
Hiking2.99 Miles 380 AEG
Hiking2.99 Miles   1 Hour   42 Mns   1.95 mph
380 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
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We started the loop in very late in the day and completed most of the hike in the moonlight. We spotted an owl atop a saguaro! A nice hike indeed.
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Dec 23 2015
hikerdw
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62 male
 Joined Aug 16 2009
 Mesa,AZ
Hawes Trail SystemPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 23 2015
hikerdw
Hiking12.42 Miles 2,114 AEG
Hiking12.42 Miles   4 Hrs   58 Mns   2.84 mph
2,114 ft AEG      36 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Was able to sneak in a mid week hike so headed out to NE Mesa to check out the Hawes Trails. Hiked the outer trails and look two out and backs on the Twisted Sister trail and to make a run at the microwave tower. Nice overcast day.
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