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Usery Rd to Meridian, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Phoenix > Mesa NE
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Difficulty 2 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 4 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,112 feet
Elevation Gain 706 feet
Avg Time One Way 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 6.35
Interest Peak
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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15  2018-01-05
Maricopa trail - Bulldog to Granite Reef
11  2015-02-21
Pass Wind Ridgeline
10  2012-06-21
Wind Cave Trail #281
4  2010-12-28 sventre
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Preferred   Jan, Dec, Feb, Nov → Any
Seasons   Early Autumn to Early Summer
Sun  7:29am - 5:46pm
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2 Alternative
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Wind Cave from Usery Road
same trailhead
8.2 mi
1,475 ft
Usery Spur - Maricopa Trail
Usery Spur - Maricopa Trail
0.7 mi away
1.4 mi
341 ft
Bulldog Canyon via FR3554
0.7 mi away
10.0 mi
1,534 ft
Lone Mountain 2809 - E J Peak
Lone Mountain 2809 - E J Peak
0.7 mi away
2.0 mi
800 ft
Peak 2972 - Usery Mountains
Peak 2972 - Usery Mountains
0.7 mi away
4.2 mi
1,340 ft
Wild Horse Trail - AKA Lead Trail
Wild Horse Trail - AKA Lead Trail
0.7 mi away
4.4 mi
275 ft
Lost Sheep Trail
Lost Sheep Trail
1.0 mi away
1.5 mi
Desert Hawk Loop - Usery
1.1 mi away
0.5 mi
30 ft
Coleman Trail - Usery Park
1.5 mi away
0.3 mi
39 ft
Twisted Sister - Upper & Lower
Twisted Sister - Upper & Lower
1.5 mi away
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Avoid the Fees and Crowds
by sventre

Likely In-Season!
This is a relatively easy early morning or sunset hike with splendid views of both the East Valley and Lower Salt River. It can be done in either direction, or as an out-n-back hike. You will need a shuttle if you decide to do it one-way. Park one vehicle at the Meridian TH and the other that the unnamed trail head along Usery Pass Rd.

The hike is entirely along the trails connecting both of the trail heads; and, predominantly along the "better" portions of the Pass Mountain Trail. As you climb up the face of Pass Mountain views of the lower valleys continue to expand and you will see Fountain Hills, Blue Point Bridge, Stewart Dam, Four Peaks, as well as the Bull Dog Canyon. Personally, I find the southerly portions of Pass Mountain Trail somewhat unspectacular and often filled with mountain bikers, and joggers. This hike avoids much of that as well as the parking fees for Usery Park. Instead, you time spent hiking capitalizes on the views that develop along the northerly bounds of the peak itself.

There is no bushwhacking, easy navigation, and the trail is wide enough so that with relative caution even a night-time hike can be done in moderate safety.

This morning's hike was cool and we enjoyed the peaceful quiet (apparently, the activity at the shooting range was down to a minimum). My daughter and one of the grandpups accompanied me; and, perhaps that added to the overall enjoyment.

The trail heads are close enough to East Valley towns so as to be readily accessible for those with only a few hours available for exercise.


    One-Way Notice
    This hike is listed as One-Way.

    When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
    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.

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    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    For Usery TH, take Ellsworth north from Mesa and continue until it becomes Usery Pass Rd. Continue on Usery Pass Rd. to TH which is opposite the shooting range. Meridian TH is at the northern terminus of Meridian Road on the border of Maricopa/Pinal counties.
    page created by sventre on Dec 28 2010 11:00 am
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