14.9 miles
2,482 ft
-2,433 ft
2,675 ft
High Point

Up Hawes and all the way down

Detailed Description
All Around NE Mesa is a 15 mile popular expert route located near Mesa Arizona. This mountain bike only route can be used both directions. This route includes 4 trails. This route climbs 2,482 ft with a max elevation of 2,675 ft then descends -2,433 ft.
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20 Reviews & Comments

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DonSinger (Apr 12, 2022 at 9:38)
I don’t think climbing on this trail is a bad as its reputation. It does have one tight steep squeeze that I had to hike-a-bike. Access on Middle Hawes is way worse.
  • + 1
Ampfrog (Jan 30, 2022 at 0:32)
Note: the current trail sign at Red Mtn Rush/Goat intersection shows Lower Gidro, not Cactus Garden, in case you are looking for it starting from the ridge. Head down Lower Gidro and stay left at the fork to hit Cactus Garden.
  • + 1
cemoorelife TRAILFORKS (Jan 27, 2022 at 20:34)
Def a grunt to ride/push up!
  • + 0
wildmeff (Jan 9, 2022 at 17:24)
Super difficult as a climb, mostly hike a bike for me. But it was over pretty quickly and then you’re right at the top of the ridge
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VikingFuel (Oct 31, 2021 at 15:15)
Trail High Ridge
Very fun Blue/Black trail fast finish. High quality to hone skills for tougher Blacks like Iron GOAT and NRA and Sunset Ridge
  • + 1
Josephcain4 (Oct 19, 2021 at 11:39)
Trail High Ridge
Fun trail, flowy and fast. will make you wish you worked on your switchbacks more! Black rating is probably a little overkill - it's got some steep sections, but not much for technical moves.
  • + 0
mattstewart584 (Apr 17, 2021 at 12:38)
Trail High Ridge
Probably my favorite trail in AZ
  • + 0
robertellisw (Mar 17, 2021 at 18:05)
Rode N to S. Super fun! It's called cactus garden for a reason. Be careful.
  • + 0
mlofgran (Mar 5, 2021 at 8:39)
Love the climb! Gets the heart going.
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Alvarado8 (Feb 25, 2021 at 21:22)
Trail High Ridge
Smooth for a black, will probably get a bit more smooth with more people riding. Road at night, good view of the city. Nice areas 2/3 the way through to zone out, let the gong go off in your head, birds chirping, pump a little here, a little there, and just shred
  • + 0
brennanj15 (Jan 14, 2021 at 21:17)
Trail High Ridge
Fun trail, with a good of loop to do laps of. Definitely would call it a blue though. Would be nice if they built some more difficult features as alternative lines. Also watch out for the runoff ditches towards the bottom, they're pretty deep and can buck you if your carrying speed.
  • + 0
Matthewryan16 (Dec 29, 2020 at 12:19)
Trail High Ridge
Yeah should probably be a blue. Easier than the other black trails in the area.
  • + 2
AZ-1LE (Dec 21, 2020 at 10:04)
Trail High Ridge
Love this trail, my only complaint is the switchbacks they put in part way down, would have been cool if they had a "more difficult" bypass section which was steeper downhill.
  • + 0
dsmith950 (Dec 13, 2020 at 19:23)
Trail Old Goat
Only reason to ride this is as a connection for a loop or to access other trails, imho. Loose, super steep.
  • + 1
scopebite270 (Dec 12, 2020 at 8:43)
Trail High Ridge
Fun trail. A lot smoother than other black trails in the area. Maybe the exposure adds to the difficulty rating? I look forward to riding it again.
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Brett513 (Nov 27, 2020 at 15:31)
Trail Old Goat
It’s challenging from either direction. The skinny trail makes it difficult to maintain momentum on the steep climbs, especially West to East at the rutted sections to the top; people brake pretty hard coming down that section. A strong intermediate rider could do the majority of it with fresh legs, but until a lift to the top is installed, the only way to get there is to climb the preceding black trails.
  • + 1
westernrider (Jan 23, 2020 at 9:32)
As a non-resident can you get in / out of the community on a bike to access this trail?
  • + 0
AZ101 (Dec 20, 2018 at 14:36)
Agreed on riding this downhill from goat. It’s burly the other way. The view from this trail is killer.
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sjc88 (Dec 12, 2018 at 15:35)
I've only ridden down this, don't think I'd want to pedal up. My suggestion is to do a big loop around Wild Horse and come up the back side, it's mostly reasonable climbing although there's some HAB (for me) on Goat Trail. It's a ripping descent that continues into the lower system.
  • + 0
WJS1962 (Jan 23, 2018 at 13:36)
Trail Old Goat
Regardless of direction, you’ll be pushing your bike a bit on this, but not a whole lot.

Trails in Route

Cactus Garden4,012 ft
Old Goat2,657 ft
High Ridge2 miles
Moon Rock Acc.617 ft


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  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
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More Stats for All Around NE Mesa mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    1,755 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,755 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,804 ft
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  • Distance climb
    7 miles
  • Distance down
    6 miles
  • Distance flat
    2 miles
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Hawes | High Ridge downhill MTB
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

High Ridge
Nov 28, 2022 @ 12:29pm
Nov 28, 2022
Tread maintenance.
Cactus Garden
Nov 1, 2022 @ 7:58am
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Trail maintenance.
Old Goat
Mar 19, 2022 @ 8:02am
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Moon Rock Acc.
Dec 19, 2021 @ 6:22am
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