Hawes Loop - Trail, Mesa, Arizona

Hawes Loop - Trail, Mesa, Arizona

DESCRIPTION

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'.

USER REVIEWS

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[Aug 26, 2009]
bubsy
Cross Country Rider

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.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Feb 13, 2009]
eringel
Cross Country Rider

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.

Customer Service

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.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jan 24, 2009]
Carzy 8
Downhiller

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. :)

Customer Service

Go clockwise

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I don't know I'm not from here. Any suggesting?

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
1
[Sep 28, 2008]
AzArmyPA
Weekend Warrior

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.

Customer Service

Canals at power

Similar Products Used:

South Mountain-National to Mormon Loop, to east loop, to Beverly to 48th.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jun 26, 2007]
dirt diver
Weekend Warrior

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.

Customer Service

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!

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Dec 01, 2006]
CRASH
Downhiller

4 + chilis: Started riding here weekly in January 2000: Good exercise climbing, excellent descending (the faster you go, the smoother it gets.) Not a good place for newbies unless you like to walk. Set tire pressures judiciously to reduce wash-outs. I use 45psi Rear and 40psi Front inside Kenda Sticky Rubber tires. I also use light armor to help reduce rash, cactus needles, and scuffing against rocks. Excellent big ring roller-jump (good for at least 3' high air) after right-left switch-back on last descent exiting the area.

Customer Service

Park at the SRP Power Station on the left side immediately after the canal crosses Power Rd. Take the Hawes trail (right) off of Power Rd. up, beside Las Sendas, climbing for a nice little warm-up. Up to Saddle Trail fork then left. Follow this single track roller coaster to the Mine Trail, and make a right. Go up, following this one up to the Mine. Stop at the top for view and refreshment. Continue on the Mine Trail down to the run-out (hard left fork here) that faces Red Mountain across Power Rd. Left at fork, through the wash, up the other side to jeep road. Left on jeep road, stay on this - it'll narrow back down to single track. Stay on it, up short switch climb to another nice view where you can see where you parked. Back to GO.

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Ample inner loops all over the place here. Can also hit up Usery Rec. Area and do the easy Moon Rock trail for total simplicity and fun.
MC DOWELL TECH LOOP has a very fun airable drop-off! :) All the SOMO trails especially National just above Telegraph!! :) (not for the faint of heart)

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Dec 22, 2003]
BullitTom
Weekend Warrior

Been riding this trail anywhere from 1 to 5x a week for nearly 10 yrs and it remains one of my favorites (though some more tech would be cool!). It has a great mix of scenery, singletrack, turns, climbs, decents...you get the picture. Best of all, it's still not that crowded and it's enjoyable by nearly any skill level...although it's recommended that beginners go with someone who a) knows the trail(s) and b) actually knows how to ride themself. Which brings me to my gripe. I rode the trail again yesterday and saw, for the first time, actual ROCK STACKING that someone had done in order to fill in a "drop" in one rocky section between the Hawes Trail and the switchbacks. Huh? What's rock stacking, you ask? Making a section of trail easier for someone who shouldn't be there in the first place. Now, in 10 yrs, I expect the trail to change. It has and so have I. The trail is probably twice as wide as it once was, and that's cool with me. But too often corners are cut, brakes are being drug, and now rock stacking. If you can't ride something...WALK IT!!! Practice on your bike until you can ride that section, but DON'T F@#K it up for those of who can ride! The person(s) who rocked this section couldn't ride a simple rolling drop, and furthermore, couldn't see that there were 2 OTHER LINES that didn't require even hitting the drop/rut!!! Peace out!

Customer Service

Any...it's all good out there! It IS still possible to get to the top of the Hawes trails by riding through the Las Sendas neighborhood. The gradual road climb thru the neighborhood makes for a nice warm up.

Similar Products Used:

South Mountain + Fun, but way too crowded. Pass Mountain loop at Usery is cool (clockwise). Just rode Twisted Sister in the Hawes area...not bad, serious lacking of "flow" once off the flat area, though.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Dec 31, 1998]
Mike

I live right next to this trail and ride it quite a bit. There are many side trails that you can ride and even a loop that climbs up to an abandoned mine (be careful here). I try to ride a different route each time, sometimes starting from Power and making a couple of killer climbs to hook up with some of the side trails. Warning, watch out for Cholla cactus here, my buddy went down and caught a huge piece with his hand.

Customer Service

Start at the corner of Power and McDowell. Ride east up McDowell to Hawes. Take Hawes to the top. Blast down the descent and take a right about 5 miles into the ride. This takes you through some awesome singletrack, down some wicked switchbacks, connects to a fire road, and finally back out to Power Road via some cool ridge riding. If you're up for more, take the TRW trail west off of Power and have a blast.

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Usery Park off of Ellsworth and McDowell has some pretty cool trails also.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Jan 09, 1999]
Dodi

I don't have too much more to add to this review other than its alot of fun. It was originaly it was used by motorcycles but now its mostly mt. bikers.

Customer Service

Park at the shopping center and ride east on McDowell
till it passes by Hawes Rd. Head up road till it turns to dirt.

Similar Products Used:

McDowell Mtns. where the Cactus Cup is held.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Jan 21, 1999]
Paul Ray

This trail is a monster in spots, miles it seems of down hill that turn to long climbs if you make the loop. Lots of technical riding up a old mine tail, watch those switch backs because one of them has a abandoned uncovered mine at the end of it. Tons of fun and very challenging. Also close to Mcdowell.

Customer Service

Power Rd. right on McDowell to a Left on Hawes take that to the end of the road and there is minimal parking

Similar Products Used:

Mcdowell Mountain

OVERALL
RATING
4
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