Hawes Trail System Loop

MODERATE 200 reviews
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Hawes Trail System Loop is a 6.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Mesa, Arizona that offers the chance to see wildlife 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.

DISTANCE
6.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
711 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wildlife

hiking
2 days ago

Pretty great trail. It leads to about four others. Great for a trail run or nice hike but do be cautious to mountain bikers because some of the trails are narrow.

mountain biking
27 days ago

Loved the trails!! Our first time for the wife and I, totally loved it!! Ton of people on the trails, riding and hiking. Definitely going back to do more exploring.

trail running
1 month ago

Did the counter-clockwise loop. I️ thought the trail was marked very well and didn’t have any issues finding where I️ needed to go. Had to jump of for some bikers but it wasn’t too busy. It has some rocky parts and I️ did the first part in the dark so be careful. I️ wouldn’t do this in the sun. Very exposed. It’s a fun winding trail. Probably will come back on my bike and try it out. Clocked 6.7 miles.

hiking
1 month ago

Has easy parts but definitely has its rough areas going uphill. Overall very beautiful hike!

2 months ago

This trail is actually more like 9 miles and isn't very well marked. It was moderate elevation wise but length wise this trail was a bit tough.

Seemed good for mountain biking but April-September I wouldn't suggest it just because of the length alone.

mountain biking
3 months ago

I mountain bike this trail all the time. A fun time! Hikers watch out this is really a mountain biking area.

3 months ago

It's a nice trail to just trot along too, since I don't ride I just walk it. Just go when it's cooler outside, ha.

5 months ago

Not challenging but a nice hike during a hot day

hiking
7 months ago

Be courteous of bikers! Let them pass then be on your marry way.

8 months ago

Trailhead is somewhat hidden, but once on the trail, all trails are clearly marked. Challenging and interesting.

8 months ago

Solid trail system. Big climbs, but worth it

hiking
8 months ago

Nice hike, moderate. First timers require GPS. Trail get confusing at times.

8 months ago

This was a very poorly marked trail system. Ended up doing an out and back because we didn't look at this app until after our run. Got lost on different side trails that lead to streets trying to find our way. Ended up doing 8miles in the hot sun. We assumed you stayed on the same trail name, not switching to multiple trails to form this loop. The map at the beginning of the trail head was very unclear also. Would have had a better experience using this app, going earlier in the morning and bringing more water than we had. No shade on this trail.

hiking
8 months ago

This was a fun trail to hike, not much elevation but pretty views looking out towards the Salt River. When I hiked it there were a lot of mountain bikers. We didn't even see another hiker until we were finishing the trial. Because of that, I don't know if I would do this hike again. It's frustrating to have to stop a couple of times a mile to let people pass.

Other than that, this is a well maintained trail. It would be good for families and trail running. Easy to follow, nothing too technical.

hiking
8 months ago

Great place for a quick hike with the family and even pets.

trail running
8 months ago

This loop is a blast to run. 90% of the trail is smooth and very runnable with just a few rocky and technical spots where you have to slow down so you don't tweak an ankle. There are some great views of Red Mountain and the Salt River. Run the trail counter-clockwise so that you get most of the climbing out of the way and leave yourself with a nice downhill for much of the last 3 miles, especially the Saguaro trail portion that is part of the Maricopa Trail is very smooth and fast. The Ridge trail part of this has some really nice views and it's fun running on the ridge with the drop off on the one side. I have run this loop several times and will keep going back. You will see a few other people out there, especially MTB'ers but just pay attention and everyone is usually courteous and friendly.

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful green desert and perfect 6 mile trail.

hiking
9 months ago

Great hike, beautiful day. Trail markings are somewhat misleading so it's important to review map often!

mountain biking
9 months ago

I'm a beginner rider and wasn't too bad. I'm definitely going to be back.

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