Hawes loop trail is a scenic system of trails located on the northeast edge of Mesa, AZ. Set in the sonoran desert just above the Salt River, the views of Four Peaks to the east, and Red Mountain to the north frame a picturesque desert vista. While hikers can always be found walking along the trails, most visitors peddle mountain bikes here, as it has some of the best single track within easy driving distance of the Valley. The trails here meander through the desert and form numerous loops ranging from 1 to 13 miles in length. There is a trail that will provide a challenge for all who come. Most residents of the East Valley visit Hawes loop during the winter and spring months when temperatures are in the 90’s or lower. Spring being an especially good time to visit, as the desert hillsides are blanketed in flowers.
Hawes loop is a great ride and has some of the best single track!
Access to Hawes loop is simple as there is a dirt parking area off of Power road, just as you leave the city behind you, look for it on the left hand side after crossing the canal. The Hawes loop trail-head is 50 yards downhill on the opposite side of the road (east). For mountain biking needs there are several top notch biking stores located near Hawes loop in the East Valley. Most sporting good stores in the area will have any hiking gear that is needed. As with any trip into the Arizona Desert, whatever the season be sure to bring enough water with you.
Other popular activities around the Hawes loop area include fishing the Salt river just north of the trails. During the summer months floating the Salt river on inner tubes is always a favorite way to cool down. There is a shuttle bus services that runs the length of the lower salt river, and a concession stand that rents tubes. Also road bikeing through this area is incredible popular on the 50 mile Usery pass loop. If you bike or hike a visit to Hawes loop is definitely worth the time.