24.7 miles
2,426 ft
-2,432 ft
1,880 ft
High Point
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#ILOVEHAWES- XC Event- Cue Sheet
Start at 4 Way heading south up Usery Road
2.0 mile mark Right turn at Pit on Wild Horse
2.7 mile mark stay right turn on to Scorpion
3.5 mile mark left turn on to Scorpion Alley
4.3 mile mark right turn on to Stinger Loop
5.5 mile mark right turn on to Wild Horse
6.8 mile mark right turn towards Bush
6.9 mile mark left turn on to Horse Tail (RiverView)
8.9 mile mark right turn on to Mine Trail, 100 ft left turn on to Granite east
9.3 mile mark left turn on to Granite
9.7 mile mark stay right turn on to Ridge – up to Look Out Hill
10.6 mile mark left turn on to Hawes
11.4 mile mark right turn stay on Hawes
11.8 mile mark left turn stay on Hawes
13.0 mile mark left turn on to Saddle
13.3 mile mark right turn on to Secret Trail
14.3 mile mark left turn on to Saddle
14.6 mile mark right turn on to Ridge Trail
15.0 mile mark stay right on “the Cut”
15.4 mile mark stay right on to Saguaro
16.0 mile mark stay left on Saguaro
16.4 mile mark right turn on Twisted Sister
18.0 mile mark right turn on to Wild Horse
18.8 mile mark right turn on to Horse Trailer (Noon)
20.8 mile mark left turn on to Wild Horse
21.6 mile mark right turn on to Stinger Loop East
22.5 mile mark right turn on to Scorpion Alley
23.3 mile mark left turn on to Scorpion
24.2 mile mark Finish at gate- Bush Hwy

Detailed Description
#ilovehawes - STRAVA Virtual- XC EVENT- Fundraiser is a 25 mile intermediate race route located near Apache Junction Arizona. This mountain bike only route can be used one direction and has a moderate overall physical rating. This route includes 10 trails. This route climbs 2,426 ft with a max elevation of 1,880 ft then descends -2,432 ft.
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38 Reviews & Comments

  • + 0
bfalise (Sep 20, 2022 at 8:17)
Did this as a climb up to Mine trail. Pretty easy climb for the most part. A couple loose sandy sections to pedal through.
  • + 1
vincela9 (Apr 5, 2022 at 21:33)
Trail Scorpion
A good green trail to practice your cornering and berm riding skills.
  • + 0
BrokenScaphoid (Feb 27, 2022 at 22:47)
Unbelievable flow
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mountzlu (Feb 6, 2022 at 16:18)
Great flow great views at sunset.
  • + 1
Cap767 (Jan 9, 2022 at 15:59)
Trail Scorpion
Scorpion has recently been worked over. Better than new as most of the numerous turns have added banking. It has been smoothed and flows fast. All damage from recent rains and summer monsoon have been repaired. Its a fun downhill green for 2 miles.
  • + 4
Corey7172 (Dec 12, 2021 at 11:34)
Trail Riverview
I wouldn’t rate this a black. And IMO not really worth it. It’s not really flowy, and it’s not technical. Just sends you into wash after wash that you’ll have to climb up. Good for getting some calories burnt, but I’d rather have a reward at the end. Here, no rewards, not much fun.
  • + 0
myownhigh (Jul 15, 2021 at 21:33)
Trail Riverview
It kicked my butt but I enjoyed this trail. A little like doing interval training with all the ups and downs, but I rode it from east to west and enjoyed the downhills.
  • + 0
Chucco (May 16, 2021 at 11:28)
Trail Secret
It's not nearly as hard as the person above says. It is definitely blue.
  • + 1
rjahn (Feb 21, 2021 at 11:27)
Great trail thank you builders. Ebikes galore! I thought they are illegal in the National Forests!
  • + 0
Rmanthey100 (Jan 31, 2021 at 12:10)
Trail High Noon
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  • + 0
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.
  • + 0
Sandra0JSLGX (Dec 26, 2020 at 15:04)
Trail Scorpion
I would agree that it’s mostly green trail. But it’s flowy and fun and worthy of riding.
  • + 0
dsmith950 (Dec 13, 2020 at 19:20)
Trail High Noon
Fun very intermediate trail. Well-designed.
  • + 0
dsmith950 (Dec 13, 2020 at 19:05)
Super fun flow trail.
  • + 0
jfrancomd (Nov 15, 2020 at 9:46)
Trail High Noon
West to East: punchy ups and downs as you climb. A few of those ups are a bit technical but not too hard.
East to West: a slower than expected descent due to many off camber turns where your front tire easily desires to slide out! Keep your front tire properly weighted and pick a good line to increase the flow factor!
  • + 0
MTrainor (Sep 11, 2020 at 8:35)
Trail High Noon
Not sure what Spanky54 is referring to. High Noon is very sustainable, lots of grade reversals, no ruts, no erosion, holding up very well over the last few years. Maybe he’s talking about the trail above it that was decommissioned by Tonto NF.
  • + 1
Brad-Brad (Jun 23, 2020 at 22:04)
fun and flowie
  • + 1
ChippyBeard (May 2, 2020 at 11:00)
Super fun up with some neat techy climbs. A few sections leave the blue and fade into black but they are short and doable. I’m anxious to ride it again!
  • + 2
Challis1 (Feb 14, 2020 at 15:39)
Intermediate rating but this is a little more difficult than many in the area with a black diamond rating. A fun ride with a few rock puzzles along the way to keep interesting. Nice climb makes it a good conditioning ride.
  • + 2
Spanky54 (Dec 21, 2019 at 8:03)
Trail High Noon
Great mountain bike trail! Best ridden east to west as a loop from Hawes/Wild Horse Trail. Needs some grade reversals and outsloping to be sustainalbe. Hopefully USFS will have a competent trail crew or a voluteer group work on this trail tread and make it more sustainable. Would love to help?
  • + 0
RNEdgar (Dec 7, 2019 at 18:02)
Trail High Noon
Rode this today. Didn't see the turn off to stay on Wild Horse Trail. A little more than I like to tackle but we made it through. Will pay better attention to GPS and trail.
  • + 0
somofun (May 11, 2019 at 8:36)
Trail Scorpion
Fun little section, but this is easily a green trail. There are a couple berms and some good areas to pump and gain speed but it is still a green trail.
  • + 0
TC-FLOWCLYDE (Mar 11, 2019 at 18:23)
Tough up, but rewarding view of Red MTN overlooking the Lower Salt River.
  • + 2
TC-FLOWCLYDE (Feb 18, 2019 at 21:56)
Enjoyed the car top roll over...looked sketchy but a solid, fun tech build in reality.
  • + 0
TC-FLOWCLYDE (Feb 18, 2019 at 21:52)
Ditto to previous reviewers. Was able to brave some small tech...but there definitely is some advanced challenges.
  • + 0
TC-FLOWCLYDE (Feb 18, 2019 at 21:48)
Nice little cross-over to Stinger loop...has a couple of easier side trail tech features.
  • + 0
TC-FLOWCLYDE (Feb 18, 2019 at 21:48)
Nice little cross-over to Stinger loop...has a couple of easier side trail tech features.
  • + 0
Taezow (Feb 12, 2019 at 16:56)
Fun new trail.
Thanks to the builders.
  • + 1
Taezow (Feb 1, 2019 at 17:01)
Has a few features, skinny, jumps dropped. New trail work going on in this area. Fun area
  • + 1
travytravtrav (Jan 29, 2019 at 22:54)
Trail Riverview
This trail is tons of fun. I rode it east to west. The trail is more of a technical ride. It winds around with some quick little ups and downs. The trail is pretty loose
  • + 0
Matthewryan16 (Apr 18, 2018 at 22:01)
Trail High Noon
This trail is a lot of fun. Technical level is in the middle of Wild Horse and Horsetail. Kudos to whomever cut the trail.
  • + 0
Mikemillimtb (Apr 1, 2018 at 10:59)
Trail High Noon
Nothing technical about this trail. Rode it today and honestly have more fun on wild horse.
  • + 1
dutchindojoe (Mar 29, 2018 at 8:42)
Trail High Noon
Rode it yesterday W to E, was a blast! Thanks for making that trail, more of those would be awesome :-)
  • + 0
Solerider (Mar 20, 2018 at 10:48)
Trail High Noon
I like the name High horse better than Horse trailer! Super fun trail!!
  • + 1
MTrainor (Mar 9, 2018 at 12:25)
Trail High Noon
I believe this trail’s actual name is “High Horse Trail”. Best ridden west to east in combination with an out and back on “Wild Horse Trail”
  • + 2
MTrainor (Jul 13, 2018 at 15:42)
Trail High Noon
I must have had a dyslexic moment when I reported that it is best ridden west to east as I meant the opposite. There is a 200+ ft elevation loss going in the east to west direction. It's always more fun when your fueled by gravity.
  • + 0
Waltaz (Jan 19, 2018 at 5:02)
Trail Riverview
I’ve ridden this both ways, and it is FAR better from east to west. Very narrow and, with tight turns and up/downs, but it’s all pretty rideable and flows pretty well. It’s a lot of work, though. The trail has become far more ridden in over the past few months (I’m writing this in Jan, 201Cool , and will only get better. West to east has a lot of short, loose ups out of steep washes, and is far more difficult. I hated it in that direction, but that was also before the trail was ridden in much. This is a worthy option to complete loops at Hawes.
  • + 1
W33ble (Dec 23, 2017 at 16:39)
Trail Riverview
Clearly pretty new, but it’s in great shape. Didn’t think it was looser than anything else at Hawes. It starts out pretty fun but I didn’t care for all the dips into the cat claws in the middle. You spend a lot of time climbing back out and there’s no real reward for the effort.

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1 Timed Section
  • 25 miles distance
  • 2,426 ft climb
  • -2,428 ft descent

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  • Race Course
  • Race Date
    Friday April 24, 2020 at 07:00am
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More Stats for #ilovehawes - STRAVA Virtual- XC EVENT- Fundraiser mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    1,360 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,471 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,463 ft
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  • Distance climb
    11 miles
  • Distance down
    11 miles
  • Distance flat
    3 miles
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