Ode to Dee Snider
Note: This trail is actually known as "Lead Trail" on the Beartooth publishing map.
You can start this hike/bike ride any direction you'd like. I personally like to start out at the N/W portion of the trail on Power/Bush rd. You can pull off the side of the road and park in the small designated area. You will want to start hiking along Bush HWY towards the East. At 1.0 mile you'll be passing the turn-off towards Phon D. Sutton on your left, but we'll just keep on trekin' to the East. At 2.7 miles into the hike you'll see Coons Bluff turn-off to the left but once again our destination is further up the road. Just another .7 miles is the 4-way stop at Bush HWY/Usery Pass Rd you will want to hang a right at the 4- way stop and take a drink of that water you brought, you did bring plenty of water right?
Now you will begin a gradual 2.0 mile hike/ride that is all uphill. If you're hiking this isn't bad, but if you're riding a Mt.bike it can be a good workout if you choose so. Now that we've hiked/biked the 2 miles you'll see an opening in the fence on the right, you'll want to proceed through it to make your way into the desert portion of this hike/ride.
After hiking 0.2 miles you'll come to a large open-pit like area that is riddled with old ammo casings. Don't worry, you should be safe as"No Shooting" is allowed in these parts any longer, remember the sign at the fence opening. At this open area you want to look for the trail that is directly in front of you across on the other side 380 ft away. It's fairly easy to spot, if not just walk across and you see it for sure.
Now that you're in the desert be aware for our Arizona friends that live out here such as scorpions, snakes and other possible critters that could cause you harm. You'll have plenty of photo ops of the scenery around for the last 3.7 miles that lead you back to where you started. I hope you enjoy this one.
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.