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Moon Rock Trail, AZ

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Distance One Way 1.4 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,872 feet
Elevation Gain 75 feet
Avg Time One Way 0.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 1.65
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10  2011-10-09 BEEBEE
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Trips 372 map ( 1,808 miles )
Age 45 Male Gender
Location Mesa AZ
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Preferred   Feb, Jan, Dec, Nov
Seasons   Autumn to Spring
Sun  6:12am - 6:29pm
Official Route
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Another way to make a longer loop

Located on the Valley's east side, this park takes in 3,648 acres set at the western end of the Goldfield Mountains, adjacent to the Tonto National Forest. The park contains a large variety of plants and animals that call the lower Sonoran Desert home. Along the most popular feature of the park, the Wind Cave Trail, water seeps from the roof of the alcove to support hanging gardens of Rock Daisy. The Wind Cave is formed at the boundary between the volcanic tuff and granite on Pass Mountain. Breathtaking views from this 2,840-foot elevation are offered to all visitors.

The Moon Rock trail can be used to create a longer loop off of the Blevins trail on its west end. It connects the Blevins trail at the north and the south end. The trail itself is wide enough for a single mountain bike or hiker, so keep an ear out for mountain bikers coming up behind you so you can step out of the way for them. This trail has no parking lot trailhead and is only a connecting trail with in the parks trail system. The trail condition is good with some rocks and low branches. As the trail moves west you can see some of the Boulder Canyon subdivision and there appears to be an unmarked trail the leads off and connects to the sub division. I have not confirmed that this trail does in fact run to the subdivision.

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2011-12-01 BEEBEE
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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.
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I departed from the southern Trailhead for Spillway and hiked up to Meridian linked up with Blevins hiked the northern loop and extended it with Moon Rock. I then linked back up with Belivins Meridian and the the Spilway Trail back to home. Lots of mountain bikers today but not as many hikers.

Permit $$
Maricopa Regional Parks - Fees more info

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

$2 walk, bike or horse ride into park

Map Drive
Connector trail - Not Applicable

To hike
The trail is a connector trail and can be accessed from several trails with in the park. See the directions to the trailhead of your choice within Usery Mountain Park
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