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Usery Spur - Maricopa Trail, AZ

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Difficulty 1 of 5
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Distance One Way 1.4 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,052 feet
Elevation Gain 341 feet
Accumulated Gain 341 feet
Avg Time One Way 0.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 2.54
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3  2019-04-19
Usery Area Trail Run
9  2019-02-17 cw50must
4  2018-11-18
Usery Area Explorations
5  2018-01-25
Pass Mountain Ridgeline
15  2018-01-05
Maricopa trail - Bulldog to Granite Reef
12  2016-10-02
Pass Mountain Loop Trail #282
14  2016-02-14
Wild Horse Loop - Bulldog Canyon
8  2016-01-31
Wild Horse - Bulldog Canyon Trail
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Author hikingaz2
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Trips 195 map ( 1,599 miles )
Age 76 Male Gender
Location Mesa,Az
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by hikingaz2 & HAZ_Hikebot

This description needs a rewrite as the full spur from the loop of the Maricopa Trail.

Parked at the Bulldog Canyon Usery Pass TH. The entrance to the new Maricopa County Trail - Usery Spur is located at the South East corner of the dirt parking lot. I try to stay away from parking on North East side due to the amount of nails that I have found due to people bringing pallets out and burning them for camp fires.

This trail is smooth and mostly free of rocks. It's a great trail for bikes and trail runners. I went up to the intersection of the Pass Mountain Loop Trail and turned around. This would make a great route up to Pass Mountain Saddle. Then return to get some miles in and forget about the rocks on the South and East side of Pass Mountain Loop Trail. Will be interesting when they complete the whole Maricopa Trail Loop totaling 242 miles. Maybe I should get a head start and hike the trails that they have finished, would be a good project.

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2016-01-21 hikingaz2 & HAZ_Hikebot
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Usery Spur - Maricopa Trail
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Goldfields Bulldog Ridge Loop
Drafted this loop hike to hike north down Bulldog Ridge. Pass Mountain Trail gave us a nice warm up (lots of trail runners) and the horse trails along the return gave us time to appreciate level ground :o I planned on cliffing out once along the ridge, where we would need to work our way around to continue, but actually we encountered 3 drops or walls we had to maneuver around. Those route adjustments along with the normal ridgeline scrambling required really wore on both of us.

Would I do this hike again, absolutely, just not too soon :)

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To hike
From US 60 Take Ellsworth Rd. North and continue on Usery Mtn. Rd. Parking is 1.6 miles North of Usery Mountain Regional Park, or 3/10th of a mile North of Mile Marker 22. It's a dirt lot on the East side of the road.
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