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The Mine Loop - Hawes Pass Area Professional Review and Guide
"The hills around which this mountain bike playground wind were heavily prospected a hundred years ago. The Mine Loop got its name from the large, deep, unmarked mine shaft cyclists ride ever so carefully around on the way down the mountain. And this isn’t the only mineshaft. There are many prospecting holes all along the trail, especially further up in the mountains. Miners prospected for everything from silver to mica, but never found a profitable enough vein to continue. The hills ultimately remained undeveloped, and were eventually brought under the protection of Tonto National Forest. Mine Loop is just one of many excellent rides in this area. Trail Surface: Singletrack."
--Paul Beakley, Mountain Bike America: Arizona (The Globe Pequot Press).
.....this is definitely primo Az singletrack. I wouldn't go in there less than intermediate in the skill dept. (unless you plan on pushing your bike a lot). Challenging, fun and interesting, there's a little of everything: roaring straightaways, narrow trails with steep exposure and real quick descents. I looked for the abandoned mine shafts and holes and didn't see any, but they're supposed to be all over. Go for it!
This is some of the best riding I have found in Phoenix. There are many singletrack loops to choose from. Lots of winding sections with cactus lining the trails. Not nearly as crowded as South Mountain.
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