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Hawes Trail System Loop [CLOSED] is a 6.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Mesa, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 6.9 mi Elevation gain 1,017 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Closed

No shade

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Closed as of July 2. Wildfires have burned more than 224,500 acres and there is ongoing, extreme fire danger due to dry conditions and hot temperatures. There is no parking lot for this trail. Please park along N. Bush Hwy

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Reviews (454)
Photos (679)
Recordings (506)
Completed (796)
Leah Spencer
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Hiking

lots of bikers. not a big deal. but you do have to move off of trail each time and quickly. beautiful views of river and red mountain (not sure if that's the name), but its beautiful to look at. go early, we started 5ish, and the sun stays behind the mountain alot of the way if you go counterclockwise. slippery gravel in parts too.

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Marcus Wood
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Mountain bikingNo shadeRocky
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Erik Poppleton
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Hiking

Lots of bikers. Do not recommend hiking in the hot with a mask

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Janeth Jc
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loved this trail ! is great for running ... hiking or biking would definitely do this one again we did 8 miles in less then 3 hours it was awesome!! take plenty of water !

Ashley Reed
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HikingNo shade

It says 6.9 miles but from where we parked a bit away it was 8 miles. Would not recommend for elderly, young, or weak. Went with my 15 and 13 yr old and we did it just fine, struggled a bit the last couple miles due to the heat around 9:30-10, make sure you start really early in the morning especially in the summer. It took us about 3.5 hours with stopping a few times. This is basically a biking trail, we stood off to the side about 10 times to let bikers to pass. The last time I went starting at 4:30am we didn’t see any bikers so start earlier to avoid traffic. Bring lots of water and use the app to stay on the trail, it’s easy to get off. We went counter clockwise like all the other reviews said to and would suggest that. Has very pretty views and lots of wildlife! Saw some hares, lizards, a Gila monster, lots of desert cactus flower and a nice view of the river towards the end! Will be hiking it again.

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Wes De Moraes
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Mountain bikingRocky

Amazing trail for mountain biking. Technical at certain points but moderate overall. Beautiful views!

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Christina Highfive
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Hiking

If you like to stop hiking every 2-3 min as Mountain bikers pass this is the trail for you. It’s a good, beautiful hike, maybe less bikers on a weekday? Saturday morn was overrun with them. Great view of Red Mountain.

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K Thomsen
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Hiking

Crowded

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Larry Page
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No shadeRocky

awesome trail not recommended for beginners or faint of heart if you're not not in shape this may not be right for you lots of hard climbs also a full suspension bike is best here the scenery is phenomenal take your camera to show friends where you ride

Emily Buyer
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HikingOff trailRockyScramble

Trail starts off really nice with good views and just enough elevation, but the farther you go, the harder it is to stay on the path due to few trail markers. We somehow ended up 1300 feet up a mountain and on a paved road and had to call an Uber to drive us back to our cars! Also saw two baby rattle snakes on the trail, so be careful with small children, and small dogs

Sonny Cave
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HikingOff trailScramble

Hike with Stef up Flagpole Mountain, sore R knee outer edge

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Hezekiah Provchy
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Hiking

Good trail for Higher End Hardtails or Full Suspension, the start has a lot of steep uphills. Definitely a hard trail if you haven’t been riding for too long. The trail gets windy and smooth on some parts. Nice change of terrains

Nesli Kalpak
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Hiking

This is a great trail, with one exception: on the back side (from where I started on the lower salt River access) where the trail looks like two table tops next to each other, you are very close to houses. Next time I would take the shortcut to avoid that, as well as the shortcut away from the access to Power Rd where it originally wants you to start. Other than that it was beautiful, and got some great exercise. lots of bikers on the path, bit as long as you go clockwise you will see them ahead of time (they are usually going counterclockwise) and they have all been very courteous.

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Andrew Dunn
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Nice hike, definitely a mountain biking trail but a bit too rocky for me and my bike.

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Jennifer Harper
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Mountain bikingRocky

For MTB This is not an "easy" trail very Rocky and technical. Listed as moderate but once you're there 75% of the trail is rated as difficult. Grrat for experienced riders I'm sure but not though lacking steadfast confidence

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Larry M
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Hiking

We agree with Cassandra a couple of reviews down. An excellent trail system. It is now dominated by bikes. We don't mind encountering bikes once and a while and most riders are friendly and courteous. But the elimination of the parking definitely increased the bike traffic. Wonder if this was intentional on the part of SRP? Having hiked this system a couple of times over the past few years, then the last time parking on the bridge with "no parking" signs and dodging bikes, we decided to skip these trails recently. Too bad.

Gordon Leigh
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HikingNo shade
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Cassandra Smith
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Hiking

This WAS a great hiking trail and perfect 2m loop, not to mention less than 5 miles from my house. However, in the past year they removed the parking lot and added No Parking signs all along the road in either direction, thereby increased the bike traffic. How? The parking areas before were safe and easily accessed by hikers but these changes have essentially turned this into only a biker-friendly trail. Now the closest lot is at the bottom of the hill, or at the Power Rd Park n Ride, both far more accessible by bikers due to their distance. Now, we’re all adults and can share the trail when we’re evenly matched out there; however by driving away hikers, the bikers now are less accustomed to see us. What this means is you get pummeled by bikers who fly past you, who don’t attempt to stop, don’t announce their presence, and don’t follow the cardinal rule of trails, “yield to hikers.” Instead we are met with rudeness, dangerous conditions, and an sheer enormous number of bikers that make YOU stop every 5-10 minutes to get out of the way for them. Last spring I “broke up” with this hike, one I did daily for almost a year, waited for summer to pass in the hope for improvement, took one hike last weekend and realized it had only gotten worse. Sorry SRP, you ruined this for us.

Dan Gracyalny
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Hiking

Trails are poorly marked. It is probably a good trail for mountain biking, as there were mountain bikers everywhere. Not great for walking. The nearest parking is about 1/4 mile down the road.

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Tracy Sobers
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Mountain bikingOff trail
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Kariann Lazenby
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Hiking

This is one of our favorite trails in the east valley. Unfortunately they just added “no parking” signs for MILES along the highway and basically made the trail unusable because there is NO WHERE to park to even get to the hike! I can’t see any reason for these signs. So frustrating.

Wes-Michelle Rogers
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Hiking

They just added NO PARKING signs this week, the cement wasn’t even dry! We had to park over a mile away from trailhead

Kelly Black
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Great ride

sowmya gopinath
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Hiking

If you are looking for scenic views or decent workout - this is not for you. Well this is not a hike around red mountain!! On this trail you will on the gravel trail and mostly trafficked by cyclists. You walk by the side of houses, deserted flash flood access ways etc. start early and stay hydrated. Parking - you have to park at the shoulder on the main road, no parking lots/recreation area.

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