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Hawes Hot Lap

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 3.9 (13) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A little bit of road climbing for a nice downhill payoff.


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8.0

Miles

12.9

KM

50%

Singletrack

2,314' 705 m

High

1,561' 476 m

Low

798' 243 m

Up

797' 243 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

24%

Max Grade (13°)

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Overview

Three miles of road climbing to the trailhead. Then it's about a half mile of steep climbing on dirt singletrack to the top of the hill. From there, it's a well rounded mix of downhill flow, berms, chunk, and gnar. Close it out with a one mile sprint through covered track along the canal back to the car.

Description

Most people park in the lot behind Walgreens. The climb up is relatively tame at around a 1-3% grade with occasional jaunts of 5-6%. Most mountain bikers use the extra wide sidewalk on the left side of the road, but there's a bike lane on the right side too (the roadies all use that). At mile two turn left on Las Sendas Mountain Drive (look for the waterfall on the left). Follow the road for another mile as it curves up and to the right.

There's a large stone sign that marks the trailhead for Upper Hawes Loop Trail. If you take a moment to look South from here, you'll get a nice view of the valley before heading up. This is where the climb gets steep. After about a quarter mile of climbing, hang a left at the fork. Another quarter mile to the top of the hill. Alternatively you can cut out the difficult section by taking the Diamond Point Connector trail straight to the Hawes Trail. The trailhead is found by taking a left on N. Diamond Point a few hundred feet before the Upper Hawes Loop Trail entrance.

The downhill starts with a short roller coaster section followed by a few hundred feet of fast and rough rocky terrain. The trail continues as you follow the fenceline down to the Hawes Trail. You'll cross a few sandy dry creek crossings, there's a short climb before more fast and loose goodness. It's like this all the way to the sharp left turn onto Fenceline Trail (locally called "Where the Wild Things Are"). Then it's a mostly flat mile back to the point of beginning.

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Shared By:

Nathan Brown with improvements by Jim Tucker

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  3.9 from 13 votes

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Photos

Hawes Trail System loop - Mesa
Dec 16, 2019 near Fountai…, AZ
Sunset view halfway up/down the Hawes Trail
Nov 24, 2017 near Fountai…, AZ
Sunset view halfway up/down the Hawes Trail
Nov 24, 2017 near Fountai…, AZ
Tree Tunnel
Apr 21, 2013 near Fountai…, AZ

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Jun 30, 2020
Tim Heid
First time at Hawes. First black diamond. Lots if hike a bike on the way up and some of the steep down. Fun ride! 8.5mi — 1h 11m
Jun 26, 2019
Andrew Thompson
Up the road....easy. Up the trail....difficult. Down the trail....white-knuckle fun! A bit of trouble finding the "beginning" of the trail. I hoppe… — 1h 00m
Mar 9, 2019
Shane Kullman
Fun warm up to the area 8mi — 0h 54m
Sep 22, 2018
Steve Calta
Sep 9, 2018
Jeremy Holder
7.9mi — 1h 30m
Apr 28, 2018
Andrew David
8.6mi — 1h 22m
Apr 16, 2018
John Whittle
Started at the north end of park & ride on Power Rd 8.6mi