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Ruidoso Trail - Usery, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Phoenix > Mesa NE
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Difficulty 0.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 1.3 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,732 feet
Elevation Gain 59 feet
Accumulated Gain 81 feet
Avg Time One Way 30 min
Kokopelli Seeds 1.57
Backpack No
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Mountain Biking at Usery
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Preferred   Jan, Dec, Feb, Nov
Seasons   Late Autumn
Sun  7:31am - 5:42pm
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Nearby Area Water
Meridian Trail
Meridian Trail
0.8 mi away
1.8 mi
140 ft
County Line Trail
0.9 mi away
1.0 mi
100 ft
Signal Wash Trail - Usery
Signal Wash Trail - Usery
1.0 mi away
0.8 mi
25 ft
Spillway Trail - Usery
Spillway Trail - Usery
1.0 mi away
1.2 mi
305 ft
Nighthawk Wash - Usery
Nighthawk Wash - Usery
1.2 mi away
0.5 mi
80 ft
Cat Peaks Trail - Usery
1.2 mi away
1.1 mi
Cat Peaks Pass - Usery
Cat Peaks Pass - Usery
1.3 mi away
0.3 mi
59 ft
Pass Mtn Ridgeline Loop - Meridian TH
1.4 mi away
7.2 mi
2,123 ft
Meridian Washes
1.4 mi away
0.5 mi
100 ft
Peak 3004 Loop - Goldfield Mtns
Peak 3004 Loop - Goldfield Mtns
1.4 mi away
5.5 mi
1,260 ft
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Usery Mountain Park Fun

Likely In-Season!
The Ruidoso trail is a light trail it runs for 1.35 miles from the south Trailhead located on Meridian Road south of McKellips Road to its north end where it intersects with the Spillway trail. The following description is from south to north. The trail itself connects with the Spillway trail and The County line trail . 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 County line trail at its southern end you can pause and enjoy some of the valley and may even catch an air show from the Superstition Airpark model airplane runway . As you move north you will decend into and out of washes l giving you a short shaded break. In this area you will see more birds, rabbit's lizards and chipmunks. As you continue north the next trail intersection is the Spillway trail which brings you to the end of Ruidoso. From here you can continue north or go south and explore more of the trails in the Usery Mountain Park Trail system. The trails in Usery are popular with local runners, hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders to access the trail system in Usery Mountain Park.

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


    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.

    Permit $$
    Maricopa Regional Parks - Fees more info

    $7 per vehicle or $85 annual

    $2 walk, bike or horse ride into park

    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To Meridian Trailhead
    Meridian Trailhead is located at the north terminus of Meridian Road between Mesa and Apache Junction.

    US60 to Signal Butte. Take Signal Butte north to University. East (right) onto University to Meridian. North (left) onto Meridian to the terminus. There is a small TH.


    Exit 202 Loop at Brown Road and travel east on Brown Road for about 3.5 miles. From Brown Road (Lost Dutchman Rd), travel North on Meridian for two miles to the trailhead parking area at the end of the road.

    From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 34.1mi - 44 mins
    From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 119mi - 2hr 11mins
    From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 176mi - 2hr 56mins
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