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Peak 2972 - Usery Mountains, AZ

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Distance Round Trip 3.9 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,033 feet
Elevation Gain 922 feet
Accumulated Gain 970 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 8.75
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Trips 207 map ( 1,130 miles )
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Location Mesa, AZ
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The other Usery Mountain
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When you hear Usery Mountain, most people naturally think about Usery Mountain Regional Park and the iconic mountain with the big yellow tuff streak across the top. That is actually Pass Mountain. This hike goes up to the three peaks of Usery Mountain, which is on the opposite side of Usery Pass Road. There are three distinct peaks at the top - 2972, 2959, and 2933.

This hike starts at the Lone Mountain Trailhead, which is 1.7 miles north of the entrance to Usery Mountain Regional Park. Parking is free and does not require a Tonto Pass.

From the trailhead, cross over Usery Pass Road and access the wash. The first 0.6 miles of the hike is straight up the wash area. There are optional paths/bushwhacks on either side if you don't care for sandy wash hiking. It goes pretty fast either way.

Once you reach a split in the wash at the 0.6-mile point, you climb up the little plateau to access the main trail going up. It's a popular mountain bike path called "Old Goat".

At the 1.45 mile point, you will need to access the final portion of the trail going up. There is a faint trail going off to the right just past the Old Goat/High Ridge Trail junction. The path is not as clear as the mountain bike trail, and it is much steeper. It's only 0.25 miles from the Old Goat trail to the saddle. There are a few steeper sections with a little loose ground to traverse. Take care going up and down in these sections.

Once you access the saddle, Peak 2972 and the rocky Peak 2959 are to the left, and Peak 2933 is to the right. All three have easy-to-follow trails between them.

There are great views looking west from the top in all directions; the Phoenix valley and surrounding mountains to the west, Red Mountain and the McDowells to the north, Four Peaks, the Lower Salt River Valley, Pass Mountain, the Goldfields, and the Superstitions to the east.

If you are looking for a similar hike to the Wind Cave/Pass Mountain or the twin brother across the street, Lone Mountain/EJ Peak, this is a great alternative. A path less traveled with not many hikers clogging the trails. Excellent views, a nice workout, and not crowded.

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2021-05-27 adilling
    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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    To Lone Mountain Trailhead
    Located on the east side of Usery Pass Road. It is 1.7 miles north of the Usery Mountain Regional Park main entrance and 2.8 miles south of Bush Highway. Parking is free, and a Tonto Pass is NOT required for hiking.

    It is also an access point for the Tonto National Forest OHV area - Usery Gate for Road 3554. There is a gate to restrict motorized travel on the road but there is a hiking-in gate. If you want to drive this road you can get a free permit at the Mesa Ranger Station. The permit provides you with the combination to the lock.

    From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) - 33 min (31.5 miles)
    From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) - 1 hr 58 min (118 miles)
    From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) - 2 hr 29 min (175 miles)
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