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Peak 2972 - Usery MountainsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 18 2014
FLYING_FLIVER
Hiking4.22 Miles 1,665 AEG
Hiking4.22 Miles   5 Hrs   39 Mns   2.04 mph
1,665 ft AEG   3 Hrs   35 Mns Break
 
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The Usery Mountains are ‘across the road’ (Usery Pass Rd), from the regional park with the same name. They’re actually in the Tonto National Forest.
The white mountainside sign “ < PHOENIX” is in the Usery Mountains, as are many peaks and ridge-lines.
From a Usery Pass Rd parking lot, I used a wash, off trail, an old mine road and a very dim trail to hike up to the highest point - Peak 2972.

From Pk 2972 (and from the other 4 or 5 peaks nearby), you have a choice of views. To the south and southwest, you have the Valley of the Sun (Phoenix area) and to all other directions you have views of mountains, valleys, buttes and more. This is an easy hike to get some elevation and ‘look-around’, without driving alot of miles out of town.
Also, this would be an excellent hike for friends and family that want to experience a bit of off-trail hiking.

There’s a benchmark on Peak 2972, and I was up there 2 weeks ago gathering information about it and it’s 3 reference marks. I also visited a peak to the south that had an Arizona flag waving in the breeze. On this hike, I visited an old mine, and also followed the main ridgeline to the north. I then followed a couple other ‘lower’ ridge lines on my way back to the trailhead.

Again, Usery Mountains are right next to the Phoenix valley, easily navigated (most of it is off-trail), and full of excellent views in all directions. It also has great parking, right on Usery Pass Rd. All good deals.
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