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Spillway Trail - Usery, AZ

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Distance One Way 1.15 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,712 feet
Elevation Gain 305 feet
Accumulated Gain 305 feet
Avg Time One Way 0.5 hours
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Routes 100
Photos 1,794
Trips 372 map ( 1,808 miles )
Age 48 Male Gender
Location Mesa AZ
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Preferred Jan, Dec, Feb, Nov
Seasons   Early Summer to Late Summer
Sun  5:42am - 7:23pm
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The Spillway Trail is a wide light trail it runs for 1.15 miles from the south Trailhead located at Signal Butte and McClellan Road to its north end, where it intersects with the Meridian Trail. The following description is from south to north. The trail itself connects with Signal Wash, Levee, Channel, Ruidoso Trails, and Meridian. The trail is an excellent way into the center of the trail system in Usery Mountain Park. The route helps avoid the more crowded trailhead located in the main park area and the other popular ones.

The trail itself on the southern end is flat and sandy with little to no shade. As you go north from the southern trailhead will first pass the Signal Wash trail at its southern end and then again at its northern end. As you approach the southern bank of the Levee at the top of the Levee, you intersect with the Levee Trail. You will notice signs asking you to please use the ramps as the traffic erodes the Levee walls.

Once on top of the levee, you can pause and enjoy some of the valley. Now you move north and descend into the leveed channel and climb up the ramp on the north side to the intersection with the Channel Trail. From here, the trail narrows some and more Palo Verde, and Ironwood trees line the trail giving you a short shaded break. In this area, you will see more birds, rabbits, lizards, and chipmunks. As you continue north, the next trail intersection is the Ruidoso Trail continues north to the intersection with the Meridian Trail, which is the termination point on the trail's north end. It is a popular way for local runners, hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders to access the Usery Mountain Park trail system.

Note: This trail gets lots of Mountain Bike and Equestrian activity, so the trail can be rutted and also lots of road apples watch where you step.

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2011-10-06 BEEBEE
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One-Way Notice
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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.

Permit $$
Maricopa Regional Parks - 2021 [ fees ]

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

$2 walk, bike or horse ride into park

2021 [ hours ] - varies by park & season

Map Drive
Paved - Car Okay

To hike
From Brown Road, take Signal Butte Road north to the McClellan Road trailhead. The trail is located on the east side of the intersection and is clearly marked. Parking is currently allowed on the east side of Signal Butte near the trailhead.
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