A friend I ride with occassionally put together a nice outing at Hawes in East Mesa today. Got to meet a new group of riders and had an excellent day on the trail. I think for the first time ever, I got stuck out front and the group was kind of spread out which offered the opportunity to take a lot of shots. Did some good climbing and got to try out the hard tail on some interesting terrain. It rocked! Hope you enjoy. Another beautiful AZ sunrise. 5:00 AM - In route 45 miles across town to make the 5:30 ride time. On the TRW Trail connecting to Hawes headed into the sun. Along the east end of the TRW Trail Coming off the catwalk on Hawes Sharing the trail with runners. Regroup. Great riding conditions today! One of the desert castles along the trail- I think I could live here. View from the top. Guy on a Walmart bike we encountered on the trail. He was headed down one of the steeper sections in the trail system. I didn't see him or any bike parts along the drop so I guess he made it. Heading down. This is a fun, long steep drop with several sharp turns and a more than a few large rubber erosion strips Around the bend. A rider who wasn't in our group that I felt obligated to take a picture of. The group spread out along the Ridge Trail. My friend's first triumph over this climb.