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One of the best of the newly added trails, featuring various terrain types.


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Map Key

12.1

Miles

19.5

KM

Singletrack

2,955' 901 m

High

2,342' 714 m

Low

690' 210 m

Up

348' 106 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

5%

Max Grade (3°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Not Allowed

Description

Hawknest is one of the newer trails added to the McDowell Sonoran Preserve in 2015. It travels along the North and Northwest boundaries of the preserve abutting Tonto National Forest.

The trail is still new and needs time to become "seasoned" a bit, but it still offers up a fine variety of trail for the preserve. In the Northeast part of the trail you can experience many large Saguaro, Staghorn and Cholla cactus in addition quite a few large Yuccas. Though spiny, the vegetation makes for some great views.

The trail is a little rougher than most of the trails in the preserve, but I would still give it an easy rating. Since this trail is far from the trailheads, it is a great choice on weekends or when it is crowded, as few people make it quite so far.

Contacts

Land Manager: City of Scottsdale

Shared By:

Gregory White with improvements by Brigitte Flanagan

Trail Ratings

  4.4 from 25 votes

#658

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  4.4 from 25 votes
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Trail Rankings

#36

in Arizona

#658

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3,883 Since Nov 6, 2015
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Photos

Spectacular Saguaro!
Mar 4, 2019 near Carefree, AZ
Looking east at thee Superstitions.
Jan 31, 2018 near Carefree, AZ
Large Saguaro.  There are many of these along the loop.
Mar 27, 2021 near Carefree, AZ
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Feb 26, 2024
Jody Nicholas
Nov 4, 2023
Tom Riddle
Nice day. 20mi — 2h 30m
Dec 31, 2022
JM Cuchiaro
Jul 31, 2022
Steven Herr
Dec 29, 2021
Nate C
Apr 30, 2021
Ed Abula
Apr 7, 2021
Chad Mcgee
Dec 23, 2020
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