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Wild Horse Trail - AKA Lead Trail, AZ

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Difficulty 1 of 5
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Distance One Way 4.4 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,874 feet
Elevation Gain -567 feet
Accumulated Gain 275 feet
Avg Time One Way 1.5-2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 5.32
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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Author alexandy
author avatar Guides 2
Routes 4
Photos 8
Trips 111 map ( 528 miles )
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Location Mesa, AZ
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Preferred   Dec, Jan, Feb, Mar → Any
Seasons   Late Autumn to Spring
Sun  6:40am - 5:40pm
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Wild Horse to Lead
by alexandy

The Wild Horse Trail in within the Tonto National Forest. It is an unofficial/social multi-purpose, East-West trail, bounded by the Usery Mountains on the South and the Salt River on the North. The eastern end starts at a parking area off Usery Pass Road and ends at the intersection of the Twisted Sister trail in the Hawes Trail System at the western end. An additional 0.8 mile can be added to the trail by starting at another parking area on Usery Pass Road located at 33 30.298N, -111 37.041N, and heading in a northerly direction until location 33 30.969N, -111 37.219W is reached. At this point turn left (West) and proceed on the main part of the trail. The trail surface is mostly hard packed sand with some less packed sand in some washes. The trail is easy to follow due to the tire tracks and "horse manure cairns". The trail can be hiked in the West - East direction by parking in an area off the Bush Highway, location 33 31.514N, -111 39.577W, and taking the Twisted Sister Trail 0.2 mile to the intersection located at 33 31.309N, -111 39.497N and then turning left (East). This trail would probably be appreciated most by the casual hiker as it was easy but afforded good views of the Salt River, and several mountains including Usery, Pass, Four Peaks, Mazatzals, and Red Mountain.

I could not find out any information as to the origion of trail's name, Wild Horse. However, while hiking the trail, I did see three wild horses. I have also seen documents and maps naming the trail as the "Lead Trail" This makes sense as the eastern part of the trail goes across a pit which was once a NRA shooting range. While hiking, I came across two lead "miners" who had several buckets full of bullets and shot. Although there are "No Shooting" signs in the area, I saw, and picked up, about 50 spent shotgun shells which had little signs of weathering.

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2010-01-04 alexandy

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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.

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    Paved - Car Okay

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    The Trailhead is located on the West side of Usery Pass Road and is 9.9 miles north of Baseline Road.
    page created by alexandy on Jan 04 2010 11:22 pm
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