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Lost Sheep Trail, AZ

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Distance One Way 1.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,026 feet
Avg Time One Way 1
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Author CannondaleKid
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Location Mesa, AZ
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Only sheep could get lost here
by CannondaleKid

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An easy trail from the Visitor Center to the SW 'corner' of Moon Rock Trail. It has a slow and steady elevation loss with the south end 164 feet lower than the start.
(So, if you do an out-and-back you will have a total of 164' AEG.)

The usual... watch for the usual sharp stuff like cholla balls on the trail and of course watch/listen for rattlesnakes.

I believe it is a 'new' trail for 2018. I am assuming it was named for the odd 'lost sheep' during the biannual sheep drives through the park. The drives used to move about 4,000 sheep to San Tan Valley in the fall and back to Heber in the spring.

While the Lost Sheep Trail is not yet shown on the official Usery Park pdf map, it is shown on the Maricopa County Regional Parks interactive map.
(Note: you will need to zoom in some distance to see this trail on the map.)

Very easy... just like a walk-in-the-park, except with no shade to be had.

Mountain Bike
A steady slight downhill on a relatively smooth hard-packed dirt single-track, with just a few very short wash crossings... not enough sand to be a problem.

Water Sources
On the trail? Dry as a bone!
At the TH? Plenty of water at the Visitor Center.

Elsewhere in the park at designated sites with a permit, but not along the trail.

Check out the Official Route and Triplogs.

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2018-09-17 CannondaleKid
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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.

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

Map Drive
Paved - Car Okay

To hike
North on Ellsworth/Usery Pass Road, turn in to Usery Regional Park, park at the Visitor Center.
page created by CannondaleKid on Sep 16 2018 8:22 am
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