Hawes Trail Loops
The Hawes Loops in North Mesa are some pretty sweet singletrack. I consider this my “backyard trail” because it’s close and I’ve been riding it for years. There’s nothing too steep or technical about it, it’s just great x-country desert riding. The Mine Loop portion has a bit of climbing, but it’s nothing to fear.
The beauty of this trail is that there are several interconnecting loops…There’s Hawes Trail No. 52, Ridge Trail No. 59, Granite Trail No. 54, Saguaro Trail No. 50, and Saddle Trail No. 51. These trails make up the main body of the system. For some additional adventure you can ride the Twisted Sister trail and the Wild Horse trail. These trails are currently unmarked and are part of the Sonoran Desert Trail System Expansion Project that will designate them as official trails that connect Hawes to Pass Mountain.
On Saturdays, I always see other riders, some hammering solo and others in groups (I also see the roadies ride by as the Bush Highway is a popular road ride. You can occasionally see a recumbent rider, but weekday mornings at 5:30 AM, the trail is mine. Now it can be yours too. Just remember to take care of the trail, treat it with respect, and be kind to the hikers.
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Brandon, Pat and I filmed parts of our Saturday ride at Hawes trail in Mesa. Long ride. Seemed like were were climbing all day.