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    Saguaro, Ridge, and Granite Trail Loop

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    6.3 km
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    159 m
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    The Hawes Trail System is a well-developed mountain biking and hiking route collection near the Salt River in the Tonto National Forest. The Saguaro, Ridge, and Granite Loop makes use of several 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 Saguaro, Ridge, and Granite Trail Loop

    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.

    Take the route from the trailhead south and stay right onto Saguaro Trail at the split. Stay right immediately after until the T-junction with Granite Trail, where you’ll take a left. At the split, stay left onto Upper Ridge Trail. At the 4-way junction, take a sharp left back onto Saguaro Trail. Follow this to Mine Trail, which will lead you back to the trailhead.

    Getting to the Saguaro, Ridge, and Granite Trail Loop Trailhead

    The trailhead for the Hawes Trail System Loop is on N Bush Highway.

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