6.7 miles
Distance
499 ft
Climb
-500 ft
Descent
1,857 ft
High Point

An intro to Hawes on some of the tamer trails.

Detailed Description
A little secret is a 7 mile popular intermediate route located near Apache Junction Arizona. This mountain bike only route. This route includes 11 trails. This route climbs 499 ft with a max elevation of 1,857 ft then descends -500 ft.
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38 Reviews & Comments

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cedwardsfl (Aug 14, 2022 at 9:37)
Trail Lower Hawes
After the massive thunderstorm this week be careful. Patches of sand, ruts and other unexpected changes. Fun to ride, a different challenge!
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cedwardsfl (Aug 14, 2022 at 9:37)
Trail Lower Hawes
After the massive thunderstorm this week be careful. Patches of sand, ruts and other unexpected changes. Fun to ride, a different challenge!
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Chucco (May 16, 2021 at 11:28)
Trail Secret
It's not nearly as hard as the person above says. It is definitely blue.
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redGIANT007 (Apr 3, 2021 at 10:04)
Trail Ridge
Update:
I’ve ridden this two more times with others who helped me with some line choices and encouragement. It’s a blast to get through those rocky rough spots now! Great trail to learn some new things and see some progression as a newer rider.
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redGIANT007 (Apr 3, 2021 at 10:04)
Trail Ridge
Update:
I’ve ridden this two more times with others who helped me with some line choices and encouragement. It’s a blast to get through those rocky rough spots now! Great trail to learn some new things and see some progression as a newer rider.
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redGIANT007 (Jan 29, 2021 at 5:40)
Trail Secret
Don’t let the edited videos fool you. This trail is far steep and more technical than shown in many broken up sections. As a beginner who is working to challenge myself up to harder trails, this trail had me hiking quite a bit. Much more difficult than the other popular blue trail of Wildhorse.
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redGIANT007 (Jan 29, 2021 at 5:23)
Trail Ridge
The East side of this trail is NOT flowy whatsoever, more of rocky, don’t fall to your death. At least for beginner riders trying to get into that intermediate blue trail scene. I couldn’t wait to reach Granite trail to actually be able to get on my bike again.
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redGIANT007 (Jan 29, 2021 at 5:23)
Trail Ridge
The East side of this trail is NOT flowy whatsoever, more of rocky, don’t fall to your death. At least for beginner riders trying to get into that intermediate blue trail scene. I couldn’t wait to reach Granite trail to actually be able to get on my bike again.
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dsmith950 (Dec 13, 2020 at 19:18)
Trail Ridge
Started/ended our day on this trail. A good way to access Hawes from the west, and a great way to end it! Very float/fast going east to west.
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dsmith950 (Dec 13, 2020 at 19:18)
Trail Ridge
Started/ended our day on this trail. A good way to access Hawes from the west, and a great way to end it! Very float/fast going east to west.
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Brad-Brad (Jun 11, 2020 at 18:42)
Trail Lower Hawes
Finally a real mountain bike trail. The rocks have been cleared, berms are somewhat dug, lots of switchbacks and some really fun sections. I am tired of biking on hiking trails. The technical climbing was the funnest part but it kicked my butt. After about 6 little 20 foot climbs I was spent. I parked on the West end of this Hawes out and back trail. Coming from the 202 there was like 6 parking spaces on the left about a 1/2 mile before the trail on Powers Rd.
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Brad-Brad (Jun 11, 2020 at 18:42)
Trail Lower Hawes
Finally a real mountain bike trail. The rocks have been cleared, berms are somewhat dug, lots of switchbacks and some really fun sections. I am tired of biking on hiking trails. The technical climbing was the funnest part but it kicked my butt. After about 6 little 20 foot climbs I was spent. I parked on the West end of this Hawes out and back trail. Coming from the 202 there was like 6 parking spaces on the left about a 1/2 mile before the trail on Powers Rd.
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ThatGuy-MTB (Apr 3, 2020 at 17:52)
Trail Lower Hawes
Agree with Heylers as well. I love taking this trail into the park as it is a fun downhill with some punchy uphill sections and some great rock gardens to crawl over. Coming back up is a black and will test your leg stamina at the end of your ride.
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ThatGuy-MTB (Apr 3, 2020 at 17:52)
Trail Lower Hawes
Agree with Heylers as well. I love taking this trail into the park as it is a fun downhill with some punchy uphill sections and some great rock gardens to crawl over. Coming back up is a black and will test your leg stamina at the end of your ride.
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ThatGuy-MTB (Apr 3, 2020 at 17:50)
Trail Saguaro
I don’t really rate this as a black, especially compared to Mine trail on the DH end. Saguaro is a great trek through this section. There are some wash crossings and one major DH section the runs you through a wash to a climb on the other end, but that is probably the most challenging part of the trail. Any intermediate could easily ride this with maybe a HAB or two, but definitely doable and fun.
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ThatGuy-MTB (Apr 3, 2020 at 17:50)
Trail Saguaro
I don’t really rate this as a black, especially compared to Mine trail on the DH end. Saguaro is a great trek through this section. There are some wash crossings and one major DH section the runs you through a wash to a climb on the other end, but that is probably the most challenging part of the trail. Any intermediate could easily ride this with maybe a HAB or two, but definitely doable and fun.
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N8gearhead (Dec 27, 2019 at 7:39)
Trail Fenceline
This trail is closed. Please use Powers Rd Parking Lot for trail access to avoid upsetting whiny the golf resort neighbors.
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N8gearhead (Dec 27, 2019 at 7:39)
Trail Fenceline
This trail is closed. Please use Powers Rd Parking Lot for trail access to avoid upsetting whiny the golf resort neighbors.
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Goudgesails (May 4, 2019 at 8:09)
Trail Saguaro
I suspect this is a terrific challenge and rewarding ride for advanced riders. Unfortunately I am much more of an intermediate. Although the scenery and surrounding topography are exceptional, the ride is not for the meek. Upward Death Spiral, for example required a lot of walking for me. Good riders are able to do it in a few minutes but no way for guys like me. Wish I could. So probably won’t do it again but was happy to experience it. Narrow, hard rock, steep, and drop exposure which would not be fun taking the hard way. Physically demanding.
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Goudgesails (May 4, 2019 at 8:09)
Trail Saguaro
I suspect this is a terrific challenge and rewarding ride for advanced riders. Unfortunately I am much more of an intermediate. Although the scenery and surrounding topography are exceptional, the ride is not for the meek. Upward Death Spiral, for example required a lot of walking for me. Good riders are able to do it in a few minutes but no way for guys like me. Wish I could. So probably won’t do it again but was happy to experience it. Narrow, hard rock, steep, and drop exposure which would not be fun taking the hard way. Physically demanding.
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Dcrighton (Mar 3, 2019 at 13:20)
Trail Lower Hawes
Agree with Heylers, Blue going down Black going up. I do recommend going up, that is North to South. This allows you to take Saddle down and Saguaro down, both of which are way more fun down than Hawes trail. If you want to see a video of a good loop including cardiac hill and all the sweet downs check out my YouTube channel www.youtube.com/channel/UCJQzuGTgnZGCp6Na9Ft3l2w
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Dcrighton (Mar 3, 2019 at 13:20)
Trail Lower Hawes
Agree with Heylers, Blue going down Black going up. I do recommend going up, that is North to South. This allows you to take Saddle down and Saguaro down, both of which are way more fun down than Hawes trail. If you want to see a video of a good loop including cardiac hill and all the sweet downs check out my YouTube channel www.youtube.com/channel/UCJQzuGTgnZGCp6Na9Ft3l2w
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sillydaddy (Nov 19, 2018 at 12:54)
Trail Saguaro
Bit eroded, lots of loose areas climbing up from Saddle.
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sillydaddy (Nov 19, 2018 at 12:54)
Trail Saguaro
Bit eroded, lots of loose areas climbing up from Saddle.
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Mikemillimtb (Oct 5, 2018 at 19:08)
Trail Lower Hawes
Cardiac is blue. Don’t listen to this negativity.
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Mikemillimtb (Oct 5, 2018 at 19:08)
Trail Lower Hawes
Cardiac is blue. Don’t listen to this negativity.
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LJKskibikerun (Aug 12, 2018 at 13:48)
Trail Lower Hawes
So what the heck happened to the parking at the trailhead at the top of the hill on Bush Highway?? I guess SRP decided to Scrooge everyone out of the parking which had been enjoyed by all for years when the fenced off the entire parking area. Where is everyone else parking now?
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LJKskibikerun (Aug 12, 2018 at 13:48)
Trail Lower Hawes
So what the heck happened to the parking at the trailhead at the top of the hill on Bush Highway?? I guess SRP decided to Scrooge everyone out of the parking which had been enjoyed by all for years when the fenced off the entire parking area. Where is everyone else parking now?
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AZ101 (Feb 21, 2018 at 12:39)
Trail Ridge
Start from 4 way splitter and head toward Power rd. Technical and flowy with a short climb toward the end. You kind of get the best of everything here. Beware of hikers going against the grain.
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AZ101 (Feb 21, 2018 at 12:39)
Trail Ridge
Start from 4 way splitter and head toward Power rd. Technical and flowy with a short climb toward the end. You kind of get the best of everything here. Beware of hikers going against the grain.
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k831 (Jan 31, 2018 at 19:37)
Trail Ridge
Great way to end a ride at Hawes. Take this towards Power rd from the 4 way. Moderate climb, but very playful, flowy, fun down hill.
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k831 (Jan 31, 2018 at 19:37)
Trail Ridge
Great way to end a ride at Hawes. Take this towards Power rd from the 4 way. Moderate climb, but very playful, flowy, fun down hill.
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Samgreene (Dec 24, 2017 at 20:45)
Trail Saddle
This trail should be broken into two parts - North and South. North half should always be ridden south to north and is perhaps a black Diamond. North of the ridge line turn off you’ll run into a drop off, several optional rock rolls and a rock garden. There are steep switchbacks with unexpected rocks and ruts. Great section.

The south half its best from the south, and is known as Disneyland. You can also start from the north for a fast and short downhill before a climb up rolling foothills.
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Samgreene (Dec 24, 2017 at 20:45)
Trail Saddle
This trail should be broken into two parts - North and South. North half should always be ridden south to north and is perhaps a black Diamond. North of the ridge line turn off you’ll run into a drop off, several optional rock rolls and a rock garden. There are steep switchbacks with unexpected rocks and ruts. Great section.

The south half its best from the south, and is known as Disneyland. You can also start from the north for a fast and short downhill before a climb up rolling foothills.
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heylers (Aug 6, 2017 at 6:39)
Trail Lower Hawes
Blue going down. Black coming up - cardiac hill definitely isn't blue Smile
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heylers (Aug 6, 2017 at 6:39)
Trail Lower Hawes
Blue going down. Black coming up - cardiac hill definitely isn't blue Smile
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Samgreene (Dec 10, 2016 at 20:57)
Trail Saddle
Heading South from upper ridge was a blast. You can take a left at secret and circle back for another run at it.
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Samgreene (Dec 10, 2016 at 20:57)
Trail Saddle
Heading South from upper ridge was a blast. You can take a left at secret and circle back for another run at it.
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Trails in Route

Fenceline1 mile
Lower Hawes1,736 ft
Saguaro2,231 ft
Ridge3,543 ft
Saddle1,496 ft
Secret1 mile
Saddle984 ft
Ridge3,543 ft
Saguaro2,231 ft
Lower Hawes1,736 ft
Fenceline1 mile

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  • Difficulty rating
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  • Bike type
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More Stats for A little secret mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
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  • Altitude min
    1,541 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,594 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,594 ft
  • Grade max
    -26.3%
  • Grade min
    18.7%
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    3,583 ft
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