The Hawes Trail System, located in Phoenix, Arizona’s East Valley, is quickly becoming one of metro Phoenix’s more popular mountain biking destinations for both tourists and locals. Situated in the Mesa Ranger District of the Tonto National Forest, the zone is known for spectacular views and around 25 miles of designated trails that range from easy to very difficult; featuring bermed corners, steep climbs, and chunky rock drops.
With increased use in recent years, the area has surpassed 12 miles of user-created “social” trails. While the Forest Service is supportive of volunteer trail maintenance, they cannot authorize work on user-built trails.
This leaves a vast portion of the network subject to poor erosion control and other general damage. There are also growing concerns around traffic, parking, and unauthorized construction of dirt ramps and wooden structures.
In order to address these concerns and plan for the future of the area, the Forest Service has drafted the Hawes Trail System Master Development Plan and is seeking public comment until March 23, 2020. You can view the Master Development Plan document here: at the Forest Service’s site and provide feedback to Kelly Finley, Dispersed Recreation Program Manager, Mesa Ranger District at Email: directly
You can also check out the Hawes Trail Alliance Facebook page to learn more about their work in the area and collaboration with the Mesa Ranger District: https://www.facebook.com/HawesTrailAlliance/