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Sep 30 2018
DarthStiller
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50 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Lost Sheep TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 30 2018
DarthStiller
Hiking6.90 Miles 385 AEG
Hiking6.90 Miles   2 Hrs   53 Mns   2.39 mph
385 ft AEG
 
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With the weather getting a little bit cooler and a Sunday night Steeler kickoff, this was the perfect chance to take the family out for a local hike. We haven't been out for a hike as a family since April. I saw Cannondale Kid's description for the new Lost Sheep Trail at Usery Park and that seemed like the best bet.

We started along the Blevins Trail and headed over to the Moon Rock Trail on our way to the Lost Sheep Trail and up to the Visitor Center. Up there, we hiked the Desert Hawk Loop, which is no longer a proper loop. One section of it has been closed for some reason. We hiked the entire open section, basically doing two out and backs to the closed section on either side.

After that we hiked back to the Moon Rock Trail, and hiked all of that back to the Blevins Trail and back to the car. The clouds began to roll in after an hour or so which helped to keep the temperature cool. Nice to get out with the family again for a hike.
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Sep 27 2018
Tortoise_Hiker
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58 male
 Joined Apr 02 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Lost Sheep TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 27 2018
Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking4.70 Miles 228 AEG
Hiking4.70 Miles   1 Hour   32 Mns   3.07 mph
228 ft AEG
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I didn't know about this little trail. I read Cannondale's write up and thought I would check it out. Walking up to the visitor center the trail is right of the building. Very nice trail. Although there is no sign at the north beginning, there is one at the south end where it connects with Moon Rock Trail. There is also a sign at the Desert Hawk Loop intersection. I hiked it south to Moon Rock and followed it to Blevins. Turned off on area 10 and walked the road for awhile. Then went into the group camping areas and found the Desert Hawk Loop and took it back to Lost Sheep and back to the car. Trail is in good shape for bike riders as well. The last years rains have put so much sand on Blevins in many area that the bike riders are probably not enjoying it nearly as much as before.
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May 02 2016
Tortoise_Hiker
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58 male
 Joined Apr 02 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Vista Trail - UseryPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 02 2016
Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking3.00 Miles 140 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles
140 ft AEG
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I went over to due a few more Usery trails. The Coleman Trail wasn't on the park map I have. I could't find a sign either. I wondered over to the Group C&D Picnic area and found a use trail. It connects with Pass mountain so I think that was it. It felt a little warm today. :)
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Mar 07 2015
NaturalDoc
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 Routes 46
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38 male
 Joined Feb 26 2015
 Mesa, AZ
Desert Hawk Loop - UseryPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 07 2015
NaturalDoc
Hiking0.18 Miles 1 AEG
Hiking0.18 Miles      28 Mns   0.39 mph
1 ft AEG
 
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Mar 07 2015
NaturalDoc
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 Routes 46
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38 male
 Joined Feb 26 2015
 Mesa, AZ
Desert Hawk Loop - UseryPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 07 2015
NaturalDoc
Hiking2.57 Miles 91 AEG
Hiking2.57 Miles   1 Hour   58 Mns   1.31 mph
91 ft AEG
 
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Nov 01 2013
Charger55
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40 male
 Joined Oct 19 2010
 Mesa, AZ
Buckhorn Campground Nature Loop - Usery, AZ 
Buckhorn Campground Nature Loop - Usery, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 01 2013
Charger55
Hiking6.00 Miles
Hiking6.00 Miles   3 Hrs      2.00 mph
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This was a bittersweet trip to Usery Mountain Regional Park that is likely to be my last for a long time...

The sweet part was finally getting to complete all the trails in the park. I intentionally sought out the Nature Loop on the south side of Buckhorn Campground. I also went searching for the Coleman Trail, an unmarked and by all accounts unofficial trail that connects the group area with the Wind Cave area. Then I went up the Vista Trail, which I may have been on in the past as it seemed familiar, before returning to my car via the Crismon Wash Trail.

Then came the bittersweet. When I got to my car there was a warning on my windshield from the park. I figured it must be a misunderstanding, possibly my own fault for not filling out the envelope before paying the entrance fee. Sometimes I do that if I don't have a writing utensil and just risk that the park ranger will match up the serial number on the envelope with the one on the tear stub.

I drove up to the visitor's center to get it sorted out. The park ranger said it had nothing to do with not filling out the envelope. He issued the warning because I parked at one of the trailheads outside the park and walked into the park, therefore only paying the $2 entrance- by-foot fee. Apparently, the outer trailheads (there are seven not including Meridian TH or anything north of the park entrance on Usery Pass Rd.) are for "community access" only. I explained to him that I'm a Mesa resident and therefore a member of the community; one who comes to the park on a regular basis and never fails to pay the entrance fee. He said by "community access", he meant those who walk from the nearby neighborhood. He also said that Maricopa County can ticket anyone parked at one of the outer entrances. The "warning" he gave me was to "encourage" me to drive into the park the next time and pay the full $6 entrance fee so I don't get ticketed by Maricopa County. That seemed like a racket to me and I told him so. The park and the county have basically teamed up to intimidate people in paying the full fee. If that's the case why not just close the outer trailheads? Plus, if I was parked outside the park what jurisdiction does he have to even issue me a warning? The way he described it made little sense. As a result, I told him that I will miss coming to the park.

On the way out I drove past the outer trailheads. Some have "No Parking" signs, some don't. None of them have any signage saying "Community Access Only". A couple of the trailheads had cars parked at them. Either way, if those are the rules of Usery Mountain Regional Park, I can either abide by them or go somewhere. Since I completed all the trails, I will likely go somewhere else.
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"I've driven across deserts, driven by the irony, that only being shackled to the road could ever I be free"
- Frank Turner "The Road"
Feb 10 2013
mt98dew
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50 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Desert Hawk Loop - UseryPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 10 2013
mt98dew
Hiking0.50 Miles 30 AEG
Hiking0.50 Miles      12 Mns   2.50 mph
30 ft AEG
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Posting this as an after thought. Did this "hike" after jogging in the Usery "flatlands". I had never seen or done this trail, but since I was in the neighborhood I thought I would check it out. The trail is accessed throughout the visitor's center or through the RV campground. Not much to it. It is a small unsigned loop with some nice desert foliage. But that is about it.
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Feb 28 2012
Charger55
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40 male
 Joined Oct 19 2010
 Mesa, AZ
Desert Hawk Loop - UseryPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 28 2012
Charger55
Hiking0.50 Miles 30 AEG
Hiking0.50 Miles      10 Mns   3.00 mph
30 ft AEG
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The trail isn't much, but the birdfeeder is a good spot to practice your photography skills on common desert birds.
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"I've driven across deserts, driven by the irony, that only being shackled to the road could ever I be free"
- Frank Turner "The Road"
average hiking speed 2.24 mph

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