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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 .
 

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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 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.

once a week can get old for me, but once every 3 months?? :crazy: :D
 

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what's the neighborhood like in the area just underneath the green? im already doing my househunting and so far it looks like hawes is the the XCest of the trails there? can you cross the 'river' to the north and get to the mcdowell trails or is that bike-prohibited?
or would it be better to be in the middle between san tan and hawes?
 

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i noticed if you take power road south the price of houses drops by about half as soon as you cross 60 and even more as you approach queen creek,, is that like the 'bad' part of mesa?

so indian reservations are kinda like no-trespassing unless you're loaded and headed to the casino? I wonder if anyone on this forum is also a real estate agent?
 

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I think you can ride the canal but other than that the reservation is no mans land. The Maricopa trail is supposed to go through there when it's done. South of the 60 is not a bad neighborhood, it's just out in the flats and isn't close to anything. A lot of the stuff really far south is due to the fact the housing crash and increase in gas prices hit that area hard, as well as the fact it took a long time for the infrastructure to catch up down there.
 
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60 is right by the cutoff (Baseline rd. actually) between Gilbert and Mesa. Mesa houses are older and the neighborhoods are not as upscale for the most part.
I like Gilbert location-wise because your in the middle of Hawes, South Mountain, McDowell, SanTans, T100, Mcdowell Sonoran Preserve. Not super close to any but not far to any of them either. It would be nice to have Hawes in my backyard though.
 

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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.
 
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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.
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.
 

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chongoman said:
5400 feet of climbing? I wouldn't-a-thunk it.
Nice work cball.
Gangi did not believe me either. sounds like I missed a good one too!

the big climb is bottom of Mine to top of Tower.
 
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