Hawes Trail Network: Hawes, Ridge, Secret, and Saguaro
ElevationAscent: 971' 296 m
Descent: -978' -298 m
High: 1,834' 559 m
Low: 1,373' 419 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 17% (10°)
Popular rides nearby
Hawes Hot Lap
8.0 mi 12.9 km • Loop • 798 ft Ascent 243.17 m Ascent
The Bell Toll
10.4 mi 16.7 km • Loop • 1,981 ft Ascent 603.93 m Ascent
19.3 mi 31.0 km • Loop • 2,323 ft Ascent 708.2 m Ascent
East National Loop
9.7 mi 15.6 km • Loop • 1,042 ft Ascent 317.46 m Ascent
West Side Trail 100 Loop
10.9 mi 17.5 km • Loop • 743 ft Ascent 226.37 m Ascent
Cave Creek Cactus Classic Race Loop
23.2 mi 37.3 km • Point to Point • 1,680 ft Ascent 511.98 m Ascent
“Flowing cross country trails with moderate climbs, awesome views, and minimal technical features.”— C R John
Electric Mountain Bikes Unknown
The last half of the Saguaro Trail (aka Mine Trail) passes by three abandoned mines. There are several other connecting trails and routes in the area for more riding options.
Need to Know
There is also parking just past the canal after Power Road becomes Bush Highway. If you park here it's closer to access the Hawes Trail System entrance directly off of Bush Highway.
Most, but not all of the trails have signs at the intersections.
As soon as you cross through the break in the fence, the terrain starts to get a little more interesting as you come to the first intersection with Hawes Trail. Continuing straight will take you on a moderately strenuous climb up around the hill in front of you, but going left will be an easier climb with a lot more twists and turns. You'll only be on Hawes Trail for 0.3 miles before you reach the intersection with Saguaro Trail on the right (some maps call this Story Trail). Continue the singletrack fun, twisting through some washes as you come to the intersection of the Ridge and Saguaro trails. Taking an immediate right will send you up a short climb on the start of the Ridge Trail.
After the quick climb and descent, it will be a long gentle climb up the Ridge Trail to the intersection with the Saddle Trail. Take a right and follow the Saddle Trail down and back up out of a valley. As you climb up Saddle Trail, winding between large boulders, there will be an unmarked intersection. Taking a left will put you on the Secret Trail that is now one of the more popular and fun trails. There are a few sandy wash bottoms to cross and short climbs to overcome, but there will also be picturesque views of Red Mountain. After the final climb, reward yourself with the upcoming rollicking, roller-coaster descent in and out of a downhill wash.
Just after passing another great photo op of Red Mountain, the Secret Trail rejoins the Saddle Trail at an unmarked intersection. The natural flow of the trail would continue north on Saddle Trail, which has a steep, challenging descent. Personally, I prefer to take the longer route on the left and head back south on the Saddle Trail, and then retrace the Ridge Trail with a fast, rolling downhill, staying right at the unmarked intersection and taking the short connector trail over to Saguaro.
After the wash crossing on the Saguaro Trail, there's a strenuous climb up to the top, passing intersections for the Saddle and Twisted Sister trails. Continuing the climb will take you by the first of three abandoned mines. The first mine is the most interesting, as it's a cave that you can climb into for a very short distance. The Mine Trail has some exposed sections that will keep you on your toes. Once you start descending, there are some sections that are a little more challenging, either from rockiness or tight switchback turns. There will also be some great views of Red Mountain, Salt River, and Four Peaks.
The Saguaro Trail ends as it connects with the Granite Trail. Much of the Granite Trail has been slightly rerouted in recent years to get it out of the sandy bottom of the wash. After 0.4 miles, it connects with the Ridge Trail. Either direction will get you back, but going right will send you up another moderate climb with another postcard view of Red Mountain.
The descent from here is another rollicking good time all the way down to the bottom of a normally dry wash, followed by a short, steep climb up to Hawes Trail with Bush Highway just off to your right. A right at the intersection will take you out to the road, but that's no fun, so go left for some ups and downs and one short, exposed, rocky section as you follow Hawes (some maps refer to this section as Pig Trail) south all the way until you are heading back on the Fenceline Trail, retracing your path back to the parking area.
History & Background
Land Manager: USFS - Tonto National Forest Office