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Hawes Loop

Average Rating:    (4.48 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 25

Mainly one-way, starts downhill with a few climbs. Gives way to great singletrack. When you get to Power Rd, make a left down hill about 1/2 mile, look for singletrack to the right after powerpoles 'become double'.
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Latitude
33.50577892230928
Longitude
-111.68439388275146
Trail Directions
Best parking is at the corner of PowerRd and McDowell; quickie mart is also there for munchies. Ride east on McDowell (paved) about 1 mile, then left up the hill on Hawes, paved climb about 2 miles. Trail starts and turns left downhill.
Trail Length
12 miles
Trail Level
Unknown
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Mesa
   


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Review Date
August 26, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: bubsy ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I have been riding in Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, Colorado, and Nevada through the summer and Hawes is one of my favorite rides. I just got back from Bootleg Canyon in Boulder City (which is considered an epic trail system) and was amazed at how similar the terrain at Hawes is compared to Bootleg. Hawes isn't as established with bathrooms and downhill courses, but the xc trails and views of Red Mtn and the Salt River are tough to beat. I have ridden Hawes in all different directions and it never gets old.



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Review Date
February 13, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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5.00 of 5, 3.00 votes

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Reviewed by: eringel ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I rode this trail and the surrounding trails (Saguaro, Ridge and Saddle) and was absolutely amazed at how much fun this area is. Starting at Mcdowell and Power, Hawes points down almost immediately. There is a slight climb at the beginning and at various intervals it eases up for a moment, but this is mostly a fast and somewhat technical (rocky) downhill. If you stay on Hawes to the end at Bush Highway, you will not be disappointed. Towards the end, the trail's downhill grade relaxes a bit, but you can still throttle it. Heading back on this out and back will complete the great workout. The climbs are long and steep, but certainly manageable for someone in decent shape. Unlike fire road climbs, these climbs are technical at times, but very satisfying when you look back at what you just crested. Also, should you decide to venture onto Ridge, Saguaro and Saddle when you encounter them these junctions you can create varying loops around the Southern part of the area. I highly recommend doing this. It is a all flowy singletrack that you can ride for hours. Ridge trail, taken counterclockwise will meet up with Hawes anyway, so it's a great detour that tops out at one of the most picturesque views I have seen in Phoenix. You have a perfect view of Red Mountain, the Salt River and a wonderful shot of four Peaks framed in the saddle of some of two other mountains in the foreground. The descent from this point to Hawes is like a pumptrack. Pure fun. As for the previous reviewer, stay in California if you can't avoid mentioning it every three sentences. This trail is not categorized as a downhill for a reason. Not trying to be negative here, but you're a jerk.

Recommended Route:
From the 202, exit Power rd. From here, I would refer to Dirt Diver's directions to the Hawes trailhead. If you just want to ride the loops described towards the end of Hawes (Saguaro, Ridge and Saddle) you can park at the Walgreens on Power just north of the 202. Cross Power road on your bike into the Las Sendas neighborhood and immediately after crossing the "canal", on the north side of the street, there is a trail that literally runs behind the backyards of the neighborhood to the trails. This is legal, so don't worry. When you get to the trails, head left.



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Review Date
January 24, 2009

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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1.31 of 5, 13.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Carzy 8 ,  Downhiller

Summary:
As fun as you wanted to be...I guess! I was down in Scottsdale visiting the in-laws in January so I brought my bike to get away from them. One of the local shops suggested "Hawes Loop". The guy told me "it can be difficult but fun you are somewhat of a experience rider" almost if he didn't want me to ride his trail, so I expected "difficult". I guess I should told that guy I'm from california, Tahoe area to be exact, and a downhiller. Anyway when I got done with the trail I couldn't help it but to laugh. You Arizona boys think thats a fun trail? It's boring! Maybe I should told the guy down the street at the bike shop if he wanted to see real nice, scary, crazy, tough epic trails he should come up to Tahoe and see me...he'd poop his pants to see what a "difficult" trail really looks like. Not trying to be too negative here but the old man at the bike shop was a jerk.
Nice scenary...next time I'll bring my grandma, she's 85. Have fun and don't break a leg. :)

Recommended Route:
Go clockwise

Other recommended trails in the same area:
I don't know I'm not from here. Any suggesting?



Comments
Douger-1 (01/14/2010)
Wow. Comparing downhill trails in the Sierra mountains to XC trails in the desert foothills. hhhmmmm ok.
desertrider83 (05/05/2011)
genius! do you compare apples to oranges too?
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Review Date
September 28, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: AzArmyPA ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Awesome trail. Some technical sections with drops depending on your loop. I like parking at the canal off Power. I then ride the ridge to the right. Start on the outside loop and it warms you up. Then hit the back trails that lead over to the mine shaft. Some good narrow switch back trails, then go back over to the helipad like area. Back to the power canal. It has some beginner loops and some very technical loops. I have ridden through 20 inches of water across the usually dry creek beds. I don't suggest it but it was fun.

Recommended Route:
Canals at power

Other recommended trails in the same area:
South Mountain-National to Mormon Loop, to east loop, to Beverly to 48th.



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Review Date
June 26, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: dirt diver ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
ya i live in las sendas so to ride the trail system back there is easy for me to get to. love it and i always will. its a little ruff for beginners but if you have someone that knows the trails then you'll be ok. i like to start on hawes road and go all the way around because you get a lot more downhill.

Recommended Route:
start on HAWES ROAD and go north on it until you pass 2 roundabouts going up a long hill. once you get to the top of that hill, keep your eyes on the right side of the road. there is a stone sign that says "HAWES TRAIL LOOP" and make your way up it. its a good half mile climb so be prepared to hike. after that, the trail goes down. yea buddy. a good long downhill that seems like forever, all the way down to saddleback. from saddleback keep going till saguaro, and then link up to ridge. take ridge until you meet back up on hawes near the houses and take a right (west). take that for a bit, go through the fence, and ride through las sendas all the way back down to wherever you parked.

fun ride with a lot of downhill and a bit of technical area. make sure you hit it early to beat the heat!



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