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The Long Way Around

Easy/Intermediate
 4.3 (18) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

This a great ride using Hawknest Trail and the 136th St. Express to ride the perimeter of the preserve.


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18.0

Miles

29.0

KM

90%

Singletrack

2,957' 901 m

High

2,576' 785 m

Low

700' 213 m

Up

700' 213 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

4%

Max Grade (3°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Not Allowed

This is a multi-use trail system - please use caution and respect other users. Downhill traffic should yield to uphill traffic. All users should yield to horses, and bikers and runners should yield to all users. Announce presence when approaching from behind.

Overview

This ride is a great way to find solitude. You can ride this either direction and get the same amount of climbing and fast downhill sections.

Need to Know

Use the MTB Project mobile app, or pick up a trail map at the trailhead at Browns Ranch to reference for the ride.

Description

This 18-mile long ride will give you a good workout with small climbs along with some fast downhill sections. The views are fantastic of the desert and during the weekdays you'll probably not meet many riders on Hawknest Trail. There is nothing technical just good fun riding. The trails are all well-marked and can be navigated easily with emergency markers and directional trail signs at each intersection.

This loop starts at the Browns Ranch Trailhead and takes Brown's Ranch Road north from the parking lot. There is on turn on Brown's Ranch Road on the way to Hawknest Trail, about 2.5 miles from the trailhead that turns to the right with an unmarked trail that goes straight. There is a sign post showing the turn. Don't take the narrower unmarked trail that goes straight. A general rule of thumb: if the trail isn't marked, don't follow it.

I used Brown's Ranch Road to get to Hawknest Trail then rode the entirety of Hawknest Trail east along the top of preserve to 136th St. Express. 136th St. Express was a fun ride with a lot of twists and turns and a couple of tight turns that will keep you alert. The parking areas along this trail do have port-a-potties but no water so be sure you carry plenty of water for the whole ride.

After a few miles on 136th St. Express, turn right onto Turpentine Trail which deadens at Whiskey Bottle Trail. A right onto Whiskey Bottle Trail will take you to Chuck Wagon Trail and a left onto Chuck Wagon Trail will lead you back to Brown's Ranch Road and to the trailhead.

There are many variations you can make to this ride because of the multitude of trails at Browns Ranch. The trails are hard packed desert soil so the riding is easy. You may even cross some old lava flows from when this area of Arizona still had active volcanos.

Enjoy.

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Shared By:

Peter May with improvements by Brigitte Flanagan

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  4.3 from 18 votes

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  4.3 from 18 votes
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Photos

Looking east at thee Superstitions.
Jan 31, 2018 near Carefree, AZ
Spectacular Saguaro!
Mar 4, 2019 near Carefree, AZ
Cool Suguaro
Mar 19, 2020 near Carefree, AZ
Informative signage on all trail intersections
Jan 29, 2020 near Carefree, AZ
Sign is blown away
Mar 19, 2020 near Carefree, AZ
Large Saguaro.  There are many of these along the loop.
Mar 27, 2021 near Carefree, AZ

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May 31, 2021
Judy W
17.9mi
Mar 10, 2021
Richard Schmiedeke
Beautiful well designed trail. Lots of fun. Not sure why class 1 ebikes aren't allowed! They're no faster and do no more trail damage than any other
Feb 23, 2021
Richard Schmiedeke
Outstanding trail!
Jan 31, 2021
David Newbery
Jan 8, 2021
Rye F
Jan 4, 2021
Matt Hage
Great zippy ride through the Sonoran Desert 18mi — 2h 00m
Dec 20, 2020
Rachel Friedman
FUN
Oct 23, 2020
Stacey Knowles