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Does anyone here know how to link the trails at Red Mountain to the trails at Usery Pass? I've looked at Cosmic Ray's book but it wasn't too clear on the link trail.

It is way too hot this time of year to get lost!

thanks rhino
 

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What trails at Red Mtn. are you referring to? There are no trails on Red Mtn, per se, but there are trails near the Red Mtn. Ranch neighborhood west of Power Rd. and north of Thomas. If that's the case, those are the old TRW trails, from which you can cross Power to get to the Hawes area, then you can connect over to Usery via the Hawes trail system, then east on Twisted Sister, continuing east on Wild Horse to Usery Pass Rd., then south on the road a bit to go into the park and the Pass Mtn. loop.

Clear as mud?
 

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thanks Walt

referring to Hawes, Saddleback, Mine trails. The book I have shows Twisted Sister heading east 5 miles to get to Usery Park, but I wasn't sure where the trail ended up.
 

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Twisted sister runs in to big rock trail , Once across a huge wash you turn right (east) and head out on wildhorse. Wildhorse takes you to the old nra shooting range which is only 100yrds from elsworth. Follow ellsworth south until you reach a pull off on the left(east side ) of road . Go thru fence and follow the wash up to pass mt.

Also you can ride from the pit on ellsworth up past the pull off and go in through usery main entrance.

Trails are unsigned this time of year.
 

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If you stay on Hawes Trail heading east from Power Rd where does this trail go? Instead of heading north on Saddleback>Mine Trail but staying on Hawes Trail.

I looked at a foldout map at the LBS and it showed Hawes Trail deadending into a radio/microwave/cell phone tower then a road heading east from the tower.

Is it possible to head east on Hawes to the tower and down the road to the entrance of Usery Park?
 

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also this insn't the time of year for doing that ride by yourself. So make sure to go with a buddy or post up when you plan to go and maybe someone will join.
 

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I have heard of people doing that . I have rode Hawes up towards the tower but never made it to the tower to find out for myself. It becomes a hike a bike going up and we had storms moving in around us that day so back down we went.

I do know the road on the other side says private no tresspass .

But really going that route misses the best stuff out there. IMO from the saddle at Big Saguro and mine trail going back towards usery is some of the best trail to be had . Twisted sister is fun and keeps u on your toes , big rock is fast swoopy section and wild horse is lots of fun IMO.
 

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clockwork said:
also this insn't the time of year for doing that ride by yourself. So make sure to go with a buddy or post up when you plan to go and maybe someone will join.
Why? Are there Tusken Raiders out there?

j/k
I've been riding the Hawes Trail system and just gathering info for when in cools down to do a long ride from the Walgreens thru Hawes to Pass Mtn and back thru Hawes to Walgreens.
 

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clockwork said:
I have heard of people doing that . I have rode Hawes up towards the tower but never made it to the tower to find out for myself. It becomes a hike a bike going up and we had storms moving in around us that day so back down we went.

I do know the road on the other side says private no tresspass .

But really going that route misses the best stuff out there. IMO from the saddle at Big Saguro and mine trail going back towards usery is some of the best trail to be had . Twisted sister is fun and keeps u on your toes , big rock is fast swoopy section and wild horse is lots of fun IMO.
thanks!

I'm into hiking and biking, but not hike a bike. I'll just stick with the northern trails and take Twisted Sister. Maybe I'll ride TS next weekend?
 

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lol ......na just don't wanna have any dried up bikers on our pristen trails .

I have done that ride a few times and its always fun . The last time out our group caught some nasty cold rain on the way back that had us frezzing. I say its a good 5-6hr ride depending on rest breaks or mechanicals
 

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urbanseeds said:
thanks!

I'm into hiking and biking, but not hike a bike. I'll just stick with the northern trails and take Twisted Sister. Maybe I'll ride TS next weekend?
I've hiked up Hawes to the towers - it is a short but very steep hike-a-bike. Once at the towers, you can cruise on down the dirt road that goes by the shooting range and then cross over Ellsworth into Usery Park. But a better way is to take the Twisted Sister to Big Rock to Wild Horse. You will pop out onto the Ellsworth Rd after the mine pit. Turn right and ride uphill about 1.25 miles. Look for the second parking lot on the left (east) side of the road at the top of the road climb and take the trail from there due east. That trail will hook you up to the Pass Mountain trail. Go around the mtn clockwise and either go back the way you came from or head west on McDowell then up Hawes road. If you end up on Hawes road, you can either cruise thru Las Sendas or ride Hawes and/or the so-called Tower trail at the top of the Las Sendas community for a sweet long DH. Either way is long (30+ miles) and perhaps better left to the cooler months!

See Dale's (Epicrider) map for the out and back option: http://www.singletrack.us/gallery/displayimage.php?album=54&pos=6
 

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DurtGurl said:
Look for the second parking lot on the left (east) side of the road at the top of the road climb and take the trail from there due east.
BTW, that second parking lot isn't much of a parking lot. There is space off the side of the road for a couple/few cars. There is one of those horse step-through gates and a sign that says something about no shooting. The trail up from there is a little scrambly and a lot of it is sandy wash (ridable, but worky); just keep going up. Pass Mtn is obvious. There is usually a cairn, but you don't need it.
 

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urbanseeds said:
Does anyone here know how to link the trails at Red Mountain to the trails at Usery Pass? I've looked at Cosmic Ray's book but it wasn't too clear on the link trail.

It is way too hot this time of year to get lost!

thanks rhino
i will be in az soon. what is this cosmic ray's book and where can i get one?

thanks
 

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mx_599 said:
oops, i guess i could have searched that. i thought it was more a local thing and not something at amazon type places.

thanks! :thumbsup:
Hey - are you an owner of a Honda 599 naked street bike? Just wondered because of your handle... I sold my beloved 599 a year ago in a deal to get my folks to move to town and miss it very very much :(

Welcome to AZ whenever you get here... lots to ride (mtb) and explore.
 

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DurtGurl said:
Hey - are you an owner of a Honda 599 naked street bike? Just wondered because of your handle... I sold my beloved 599 a year ago in a deal to get my folks to move to town and miss it very very much :(

Welcome to AZ whenever you get here... lots to ride (mtb) and explore.
thanks for the welcome! i hope to meet avid cyclists when i get there. i found a place in fountain hills and will be there around the 28th-ish.

#599 was my racing number in motocross for a number of years. ...and no, the triple digit is NOT representative of one's ability in motocross. hehehehe :p

so i am not the owner of the naked honda :eek: however, i did ride Honda CRs almost exclusively. except for one Kawasaki KX80 when i started.
 

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thanks for the welcome! i hope to meet avid cyclists when i get there. i found a place in fountain hills and will be there around the 28th-ish.

#599 was my racing number in motocross for a number of years. ...and no, the triple digit is NOT representative of one's ability in motocross. hehehehe :p

so i am not the owner of the naked honda :eek: however, i did ride Honda CRs almost exclusively. except for one Kawasaki KX80 when i started.
There is some good riding right in your backyard when you get to Fountain Hills. There is McDowell Mtn park and McDowell Mtn Preserve. You can ride trails over the McDowells into Snobsdale.

Post up when you arrive, I lve in FH and would be happy to show you around the local trails.
 
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