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Lone Mountain 2809 - E J Peak, AZ

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Distance Round Trip 2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,033 feet
Elevation Gain 800 feet
Accumulated Gain 800 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 6
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18  2021-04-17 adilling
20  2021-02-12 adilling
7  2021-01-01
Lone Mountain-High Ridge Usery
7  2020-12-22 LindaAnn
5  2020-12-09 azlaurie
3  2020-12-02 rayhuston
10  2020-11-26 outdoor_lover
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Lone Mountain Circumference Trail
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Author phelpsk
author avatar Guides 1
Routes 0
Photos 34
Trips 8 map ( 25 miles )
Age 48 Female Gender
Location Mesa, AZ
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Preferred   Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb → 8 AM
Seasons   Late Autumn to Early Spring
Sun  5:16am - 7:39pm
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Beautiful views!
by phelpsk

Start at Bull Dog Canyon and follow the sandy wash to the jeep trail. You will notice a lot of bullet casings on the ground since people used to target shoot here. Target shooting is NOT permitted now! Stay to the left and up to the non-motorized path. Stay left, and the trail begins at rock cairns. Turn North here. Very well maintained trail by an anonymous hiker. As you follow the trail, you will notice little touches that are fun to discover, like a mini Stonehenge and a nice rock bench for resting. There is a Dead Cow Cave (not sure if there is a dead cow in there). Nice resting spots in the shade and a beautiful view from the top with a nice bench under a palo verde tree.

Lots of cholla, so be careful with doggies! Make sure you wear good tread. The way down can be a bit slippery due to all the gravel.

Great hike to take out of town guests. You can see Fountain Hills, Four Peaks, Red Mountain, Camelback, and the Superstition Mountains' Northside from the top.

Sometimes you will see people on the lower horse trails and hear quads on the lower trails. Take plenty of water and a snack. Children can do this hike and genuinely enjoy it if they like the outdoors. The desert flora is prolific, and you will want to take your camera to document all the beauty Feb-April. I especially appreciate the orange Mexican Poppies everywhere!

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2009-02-25 phelpsk
    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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    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    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)
    page created by phelpsk on Feb 25 2009 7:00 am
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