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Saguaro Trail

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Trail

3.2 mile 5.2 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
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Elevation

Ascent: 332' 101 m
Descent: -475' -145 m
High: 1,751' 534 m
Low: 1,370' 418 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 17% (9°)

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Trail shared by Lost Justpastnowhere

Saguaro Trail cuts through the heart of the !Hawes Trail Network.

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Description

A mile of easy flat cruising takes you in deep amongst the namesake Suguaro cacti (plus barrel, prickly pear, cholla, ocotillo, and many others) and through a couple of washes.

Once you reach the intersection with Saddle Trail a short but tough climb begins. It seems like most of the climbing is over once you reach the next intersection with Twisted Sister, but the trail throws just a little more climbing a couple of switchbacks at you before you've gained the summit. There are three abandoned mines along the trail on or near the summit to check out in case you need a breather. You can get a couple feet into the shaft on at least one of them.

There's some exposure in this section of the trail, but you have the best view of Red (McDowell) Mountain probably in the whole trail network from this little summit. The Salt River basin also opens up in front of you with Four Peaks (Browns Peak) and the wild Tonto National Forest in the background.

The descent from the summit is longer than the ascent and somewhat technical with some switchbacks. One of the switchbacks features a chute with loose rocks and is significantly more difficult than the others, so be on the lookout for this if it's your first trip. The trail bottoms out in a wash near a trailhead on Bush Highway.

After the wash Saguaro Trail continues a short distance until it ends at Granite Trail #54.

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Jun 18, 2019
Andrew Thompson
Great ride. Early bird runners and riders--some are more polite than others. 8mi — 5h 00m
May 15, 2019
Lost Justpastnowhere
Jul 11, 2018
Jeffrey Zeldin
8.2mi
Jan 19, 2018
SlammyG

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  4.3 from 7 votes

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#126

in Arizona

#5,390

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Photos

Hawes at Sunset - Hard to beat.
Oct 19, 2016 near Fountai…, AZ
Some downhill action!
Nov 19, 2015 near Fountai…, AZ
Back side of mine trail looking out over the Salt River. @Hawestrail.
Feb 26, 2014 near Fountai…, AZ
Riding Hawes Pig Trail
May 17, 2015 near Fountai…, AZ
Hawes offers gorgeous riding through Sonoran Desert terrain and flora. Watch out for cacti and cholla!
Mar 20, 2017 near Fountai…, AZ
A day of shredding Hawes and the Usery Mountain Trails.
Nov 6, 2017 near Fountai…, AZ

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