i too prefer National-type terrain, but Hawes imo offers so many options that it can be whatever you want it to be short of black-diamond tech. I usually include some of the harder climbs and descents and always a few trials. add in the general lack of crowds, rules, views, no armor or broken bikes, and out my door...pretty stoked.kelstr said:We live right there , its out our back door.
I can only ride it every 3 months or so because it does get alittle old quick if you ride it too often.
I like going down the street to Pass Mountain much better , much better hack,tech and fun.
But Hawes is nice , its just alittle to smooth and XC for me .
I see your from elk grove. I grew up in Wheeling. PM me about a ride and any info about the area. There's a airport in Chandler right next to Gilbert.that has a lof of small craft. Peoria ??? I don't know... Lots of deals in Queen Creek and Gilbert right now. Just don't get yourself too far south in Queen Creek.longhairmike said:I want mesa or queen creek, and my girl is leaning towards gilbert, suprise, or peoria.. the only thing id want in peoria is to be close to pleasant valley airport for flying. last time we visited (sept) we looked into the FAR east area thats springing up about 7 miles past gold canyon theres a whole bunch of new homes going up just north of 60. But it's 15 miles from the nearest post office in Apache junction and that would just be a PITA running home business where we need to ship every day.
We're visiting again near the end of march,, i dont suppose anyone would be willing to rent me a spare bike and take me on a quick 2 hour hawes ride (and not get me killed). the pics of you guys bombing down rockpiles on national,, that would scare the crap out of me. I havnt even touched my bike since we had a freak record 70 degree day the first week of Nov.