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Levee Trail - Usery, AZ

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Difficulty 0.5 of 5
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Distance Round Trip 1.6 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,768 feet
Elevation Gain 100 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1 hour
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3  2015-06-14
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6  2015-02-01
Blevins Trail
8  2011-10-05
Cat Peaks Pass - Usery
author avatar Guides 12
Routes 100
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Trips 372 map ( 1,808 miles )
Age 45 Male Gender
Location Mesa AZ
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Preferred   Jan, Dec, Feb, Nov → 9 AM
Seasons   Late Summer to Late Spring
Sun  6:11am - 6:30pm
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It's a trail oh wait its also a road

This description starts from the Moon rock trail at the northwest end Levee trail. The trail starts out as a wide single track trail and heads south. It connects up with the Channel Trail at the start of the flood control channel. Shortly after this the trail becomes a wide gravel level service road used by the Flood Control District for Levee inspection. Shortly after the trail becomes the service road you can see the McKellips Rd and Crismon curve. This is a popular trailhead for mountain bikers and many people access the park trail system from here. The trail continues east on the southern boundary of Usery Mountain Park. As you continue east on the trail you will pass the Crimon Wash trail, Norso Trail, Amigos Wash Trail and the Nighthawk Wash trial. Please make sure to use the ramps when crossing the flood control channel to access the other connecting trails so you don't erode the Levee. On the south side of the Levee there are residential street access points to the park that are marked with sign. You reach the end of the trail when you arrive at the Spillway trailhead. The Service road continues but not as a marked part of the park trail system. This trail makes for an easy hike or mountain bike ride and is very wide and level. The elevation provided by the levee it is set on top of provides good views of Usery Park, Goldfield Mountains, Pass Mountain, Usery Pass, Superstitions and the San Tans.

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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.

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Levee Trail - Usery
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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 :)
Levee Trail - Usery
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I had to run some errands today and since I was in the neighborhood I decided to hit Usery Park. It has been close to year since I visited some of these trails and it was nice rodo them. Parked off of Crimson Rd. a litle before 7. I didn't have a game plan when I started, but I knew the trails connected frequently, which allows for a lot of spur of the monent decisions.

I took the Levee trail west which allowed for a great view of the Superstition as the sun was rising. The trail was "blah" but the panoramic view was fantastic. Took the Channel trail back toward the car. This in effect, made a long but very narrow oval circle. Both trails parallel each other, are straight, and are probably within 20-30ft. of wach other the whole time. As I was heading back down this trail I heard more coyotes than I can recall hearing before. Sounded like 10 or so all saying good night/good morning :) . COOL.

When I got back to the west end of the Channel trail it ran back into Levee trail. I took this portion of the Levee over to Moon Rock trail. This portion of the Levee and the Moon Rock trail are very nice! The trail doesn't gain in elevation so it is easy to do and twists and turns a lot so I was always seeing something different. The vegetation in this area is very healthy. I was actually looking up at cholla(?), or something like it. These cacti had a 2-3ft. barklike trunk before they turned into a cholla cacti. I'm not sure if this could be because of age or just a certain type of cholla.

From the Moon Rock trail I did the Blevins trail. The Blevins trail actually makes a loop. I enjoyed the northern portion because I got a nice view of Usery Mnt. and it was somewhat engaging. The southern is a straight shot, so the trail itself wasn't that interesting. The surrounding foliage was still very nice. I had to do some backtracking and repetition to get Crimsom Wash trail. This trail pretty much goes north-south and was very sandy (a wash). It got me back to right where I started my hike.

Didn't see many on the trails. Did see a couple of Peters and Wilies and a Jack.
Levee Trail - Usery
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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 $$
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

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Paved - Car Okay

To hike
The most popular access to the trail is from the trailhead at Mckellips and Crismon. Parking is on the south side of Mckellips
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