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Distance Loop 3.1 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,800 feet
Elevation Gain 123 feet
Accumulated Gain 340 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 4.8
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Noso Trail - Usery
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Author AZLOT69
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Age 68 Male Gender
Location Gold Canyon, AZ
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Preferred   Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr → 8 AM
Seasons   Late Autumn to Late Spring
Sun  6:10am - 6:32pm
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History
In January, 1892, there was a stagecoach holdup out of Globe. King Usery and Henry Blevins held up the Globe-to-Florence stagecoach (traveling the Howard and Reduction Toll Road) at Cane Spring in the Dripping Spring Mountains, just south of the Pinals. They netted two bars of silver bullion at $1500 each, a dozen gold breastpins at $20 each, and six gold eardrops valued at $90, as well as $200 cash. Usery was convicted and served some time in the Yuma Territorial Prison but the jury wasn't sure about Bevins. The lawyers of the two men were paid in cattle for their retainer fee. As it turned out, both Usery and Blevins then stole back their cattle from their lawyers, claiming that the fees were too high. This time both men were convicted and sent to Yuma.


Hike
Enter the Usery Mountain Regional Park for an adventure on the Blevins Trail. This loop trail is well suited for hiking, jogging, mountain biking, walking your dog or horseback riding. Access from within the park can be had at either trailhead off Blevins Drive. Be sure to ask for a map when paying your entrance fee. You can avoid an entrance fee by using any trailhead off Meridian Road north of Brown and using one of the many connector trails to get to Blevins. The Usery Park has nice facilities for a cross section of people to enjoy. A covered playground for children, covered picknic tables and bar-b-que grills encourage you to make a day of it..

The Blevins Loop has mild elevation changes and passes through several washes. The area contains a large variety of plants and animals representing the Sonoran Desert, and is particularly beautiful in the Spring. "Scarface", the large mountain looming to the north is Pass Mountain. To the east are - Cat Peaks - and far off to the east are the Superstition Mountains. On a clear day you can spot Picketpost Mountain to the Southeast and Picacho Peak and the San Tan Mountains to the south. The trails are well groomed and not rocky for the most part. Smooth crushed gravel and sand make for easy going. The views are consistent with the mature vegetation taking center stage. The trail is well marked with one exception. The southwest corner where Blevins becomes the Moonrock trail is where you should turn north. If you are going clockwise just after you cross Crismon Wash, which is marked, in another 100 feet, the trail is marked Moonrock Trail. Turn right here for the Blevins Trail. Going straight ahead will bring you around and rejoin Blevins but add 1.3 miles to your trip. As for the entry fee. It is money well spent. The trails are maintained regularly and not a speck of trash is to be spotted.

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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

Most recent of 13 deeper Triplog Reviews
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Decided to go for a local hike again today as the weather forecast was a high of only 80 today. Besides doing the loop clockwise added in Meridian trail,Blevins trail portion of and wind cave trail. Still no rattlesnakes seen this year, maybe last year I saw more than usual almost every hike after March. Also it’s like a mini spring break with young people out on the Wind Cave trail wish the teachers would go back to work.Wind Cave trail remains the 3rd busiest outdoor treadmill in the area after Camelback and Piestewa peak summit.Maybe I’ll be awarded the curmudgeonpelli award soon. Was a nice day but a little warm about midday, after leaving the viewpoint on the loop only saw 6 other hikers.
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August is here, and its prime time for snake hunting. August 1st started off well with a couple of baby long-nosed snakes, a couple of night snakes, and add a Gila monster in the mix to round out a near perfect morning hike. I'm up to 190 snakes this year.

I really thought that I was a unique character on HAZ because I look for snakes and pick up mice by hand, but I found the term, "Impostor Syndrome", which basically states that people feel like impostors within their own skin and often feel that they don't deserve what they've accomplished. This is mainly due to seeing the flaws in oneself but not the flaws in others.

Basically, we all have flaws, odd behaviors, and weird thoughts that we hide from the outside world, so we are all fundamentally the same, which means you all secretly look for snakes and are picking up mice by hand and are hiding it from each other. Stop hiding and free yourselves from the prison you created from your inadequacies.

:worthy:
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I didn't see much this hike. I found a plethora of scorpions in a local flipping area. I found one scorpions eating a wolf spider, which is good luck.

As I walking the desert, my good luck did come true in the form of 2 baby coachwhips. :) Both coachwhips were within a few feet from each other, so I assume that they were siblings. I tried to pose them for a quick family portrait, but only one of the siblings was cooperative with me. The other one thought he had more important things to do and left. Also, I'm up to 150 snakes this year. :D
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I was supposed to do a group hike this morning but wasn't feeling well. I decided to hike Usery again. In the beginning, I was photographing birds. Later, I went looking for snakes and ended up spotting a small coachwhip on the move. It wasn't a bad day, but I still feel like garbage.

On the plus side, I discovered a new band called the Coneheads. Check it out:

https://youtube.com ... ex=7
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A quick solid hike. It had everything: a snake sighting, birds, lizards, a coyote (my 2nd of the year - no photo), babes, sunshine with a chance of sunburn, and mountain scenery.

If I wasn't pressed for time, I would have done more. I probably hit this area tomorrow. I also saw some lovebirds, but I didn't have a chance to photograph them.
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Blevins a great trail to practice for a 5K, been a couple of years now since I run one ---- you would think at my age I would know better then to stop doing what I enjoy and all the sweat that's generated ----- Well --- off I go again to get back in 5K shape. Stopped on the way out to check the viewing pond.
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I had a few 1/2 marathons, the holidays and various other things in the past month that kept me off my bike. A little over a month is far too long to be without a bike. I figured the best place to get back into the swing of things is at Usery. Did the basic loop I do out there, Levee-Blevins-Moon Rock-Blevins-Noso-Levee. A good day.
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Normally this is an uneventful exercise hike for me after work or before dinner I rarely take any camera other then my cell phone, but tonight I happened to have my regular camera and was treated to not 1 but 2 great horned owl's on the southern peak of Cat Peaks.

As I rounded the peak on the west side I heard hooting and all of a sudden I saw a rock move at the top of the peak I watched for a while and attempted to get some non fuzzy photos with my point and shoot super zoom while doing that I noticed another moving rock which happened to be a second owl. The second Owl turned around at which point the other Owl jumped on top of the lower owl and did this a few times. I am not 100% sure of what was going on but it looked like they were enjoying the beautiful sunset also.
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Pass Mountain 26K
wanted to try something new and this worked out well. perfect day for a long run.

great event and really well put together

rolled my ankle last week so i was very deliberate with my footing. thankfully came out unscathed :)
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I met my friend Frank and his son for a off road baby buggy friendly hike in Usery. We started out from the Trail head on Crismon and Mckellips headed north on the Levee Trail to Moon rock where we went east and joined the Blevins trial. From all the rain last week there were lots of ruts cut where the washes cross the Blevins. Some areas were filled more from the silt but the trail was not muddy just moist in places. As we passed Cat peaks we joined Meridian and then headed south on the Spillway trail down and across the Levee channel which was very muddy and had lots of standing water in places. After crossing the Levee we headed West on the Levee trail. Looking down into the channel all the spots where the various washes empty into the flood control channel were piled high with fresh silt from the rains. The Channel trail itself looked like a muddy mess with some spotty mountain bike tracks on it. The hike was a nice quick one and the Jeep Baby Buggy did well.

Permit $$
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$7 per vehicle,$85 annual or trade your first born for the life pass

$2 walk, bike or horse ride into park


Directions
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To hike
Take Ellsworth North From Highway 60. Two miles north of Brown, the entrance to Usery Mountain Regional Park is on the right
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