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    Granite and Hawes Trail

    Difficulty
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    Hard
    Duration
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    3.5-5h
    Distance
    This reflects the return distance of this route as measured by the GPS file.
    14.2 km
    Elevation
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    417 m
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    Directions to Trailhead

    The Hawes Trail System is a well-developed mountain biking and hiking route collection near the Salt River in the Tonto National Forest. The Granite and Hawes Trail route makes use of two trails in the system to put together a hike with awesome desert and river scenery. This trail system is mostly used by mountain bikers, so you’ll need to share the trail. Bring more water than you think you’ll need and avoid this trail in the summertime or heat of the day.

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    Route Description for Granite and Hawes Trail

    The Hawes Trail System was developed by the Hawes Trail Alliance, a group of mountain bikers and hikers who worked to expand this network of trails. They built over 45.1 km of new trails and worked to improve 54.7 km of existing trails. Now, this network of routes is used by tons of bikers and hikers from Mesa and beyond. This is primarily a mountain bike trail, but most bikers are happy to slow down and announce themselves while passing. Share the trail and watch out for one another.

    Bring more water than you think you’ll need on this hike as some users report struggling with heat exhaustion. If you’re not used to the heat, avoid this hike between June and September or hike very early in the morning.

    From the trailhead, take Saguaro Trail to the T junction with Granite Trail, where you’ll turn left. At the next trail split, go left again onto Upper Ridge Trail. Go straight through the next two junctions and then keep right twice onto Saddle Trail. Continue to Hawes Trail, which leads you up to the saddle under Usery Mountain. This is your turnaround point.

    Getting to the Granite and Hawes Trail Trailhead

    The trailhead for the Granite and Hawes Trail is on N Bush Highway.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground

      No

    • When to do

      October-May

    • Pets allowed

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly

      Yes

    • Route Signage

      Average

    • Crowd Levels

      Moderate

    • Route Type

      Out and back

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