Hawes Hot Lap
ElevationAscent: 798' 243 m
Descent: -797' -243 m
High: 2,314' 705 m
Low: 1,561' 476 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 24% (13°)
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“A little bit of road climbing for a nice downhill payoff.”— Nathan Brown
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.
Land Manager: USFS - Tonto National Forest Office
May 13, 2019: Riparian Area Protections Implemented
May 5, 2019: Tonto Forest Headquarters Office Temporarily Closed