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Merkle Memorial Trail - 7 members in 34 triplogs have rated this an average 2.3 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Mar 22 2021
Daytripper
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70 male
 Joined Dec 10 2016
 Gold Canyon
Wind Cave Lone Peak Combo, AZ 
Wind Cave Lone Peak Combo, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 22 2021
Daytripper
Hiking13.18 Miles 2,508 AEG
Hiking13.18 Miles   5 Hrs   51 Mns   2.41 mph
2,508 ft AEG      23 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Taking a few days off this week so decided to do two hikes today! Parked near the exercise equipment Ramada by the Merkle Trail, cool and breezy had a quick warmup by taking the Vista Trail and then over to the Wind Cave trailhead. Not too busy yet about average for a weekday but much busier with a full lot on my second pass, kept a steady pace all the way to the cave . There was about a dozen older kids and a couple of adults in the now noisy cave so I didn’t enter so no break here. Having the idea I was heading over to Lone Peak later decided not to head up to the south summit. Passed by a friendly young lady running :o up the trail and back down while I was descending. After the Merkle Trail had a snack break back at my vehicle and then headed back to the Wind Cave trailhead. Took Pass Mountain loop trail to the junction with Maricopa Trail. Starting down that I was passed by the only biker I saw today. Once I spied the route to go up Lone Peak I made a diagonal over to it vegetation was not that bad, helped by using some of the ATV tracks. Once heading up passed two young girls headed down having stopped to take pictures at the shade tree with the semicircle of rocks arranged for sitting. Once at the summit took a prolonged break ,even laid down on the bench. There was a young lady sitting off on her own enjoying the views , I guess she decided I didn’t look too scary and she came over to the summit area. Saw no one else until all the way back on pass mountain loop trail. Fortunately mostly downhill from here so was able to finish up quickly . What a nice day to be outside to enjoy the beautiful desert despite minimal wildflowers. Again only a few paltry poppies and lupine not photo worthy on these trails that are usually teeming with them, hope 2022 is better.
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Mexican poppies, lupine,chuparosa
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Oct 24 2020
ddgrunning
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50 male
 Joined Apr 13 2011
 Gilbert, AZ
Usery Park-South Exploration, AZ 
Usery Park-South Exploration, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 24 2020
ddgrunning
Hiking9.93 Miles 848 AEG
Hiking9.93 Miles   2 Hrs   6 Mns   4.97 mph
848 ft AEG      6 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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Most of my hiking in Usery Park has been on or around Pass Mountain and the loop. Decided today to explore some of the trails on the south side of the park, as a trail run.

Started on Meridian trail, from Meridian Road. Meridian is kind of blah—just kind of a way to get from one point to another. Along the way, did a figure 8 loop of Cat’s Peak and Pass, which has a little elevation and allows for some views of the surrounding area. Saw a group of 5 deer on the east side of the peak.

After completing the figure 8, hopped on the Blevins trail, which is also rather blah and more of a connector trail. Followed Blevins over to the Merkle trail, which circumnavigateds a couple of small hills. The Vista trail splits the Merkle trail, over the ridgeline of the two hills. This was the highlight of the explore for me. Just some moderate aeg, but some nice views and trail along the way. I did it twice.

Then hopped on the road and ran around by the Wind Cave TH and finally back on the trail along the southern side of the Pass Mountain Loop.

Final assessment: Other than Vista and the Cars Peak Pass, South Usery seems best suited to beginner mountain bikers.
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Sep 12 2020
DarthStiller
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51 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Vista Trail - UseryPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 12 2020
DarthStiller
Hiking11.15 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking11.15 Miles   4 Hrs   18 Mns   2.61 mph
800 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
1st trip
I didn't feel like driving far, so I hiked close to home at Usery Park. There was a section of an unmapped trail I saw off of the Ruidoso Trail last March, so I planned out a circuit to hit that and a few other trails. Started from Area 10 and took Blevins over to the Merkle and Vista Trails, which I haven't hiked in about 15 years. A couple was having professional photographs of them with the pregnant mom in a white dress. The first born was not happy to be out in the desert at 6am. Along the Vista Trail, I could hear the kid screaming while the dad tried to keep him calm.

Headed east then south along the Meridian and County Line Trails, hit the unmapped trail, then back westward along the Channel Trail. I think I found one more unmapped trail while hiking along the Channel Trail. Not sure if I've hiked the Channel Trail in its entirety before, always seemed to get sidetracked.

Hazy most of the morning from the wildfires. Seemed a little brighter, but the haze was still there. Made for not many good pics other than the sun right at the horizon.
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May 03 2019
Tortoise_Hiker
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 Routes 80
 Photos 7,528
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59 male
 Joined Apr 02 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Wind Cave Trail #281Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 03 2019
Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking4.20 Miles 864 AEG
Hiking4.20 Miles   1 Hour   17 Mns   3.27 mph
864 ft AEG
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Wildflowers Observation None
Palo Verde stealing the show with the Saguaros starting to produce.
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Apr 19 2019
Tortoise_Hiker
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 Routes 80
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59 male
 Joined Apr 02 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Cat Peaks LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 19 2019
Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking4.50 Miles 348 AEG
Hiking4.50 Miles   1 Hour   33 Mns   2.90 mph
348 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Apr 11 2019
Tortoise_Hiker
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 Routes 80
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59 male
 Joined Apr 02 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Merkle Memorial TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 11 2019
Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking3.00 Miles 300 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   1 Hour   4 Mns   2.81 mph
300 ft AEG
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2.5 laps and one over the top. Hurt my Hami bowling yesterday so had to do an easy one. This is a nice little trail for all. Nice cacti variety with Brittlebush,Hedgehog, Fairyduster putting on a good show. I saw my first Diamondback of the season. Nice morning!
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Apr 04 2019
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70 male
 Joined Dec 10 2016
 Gold Canyon
Pass Mountain Loop Trail #282Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 04 2019
Daytripper
Hiking12.30 Miles 1,400 AEG
Hiking12.30 Miles   5 Hrs   5 Mns   2.64 mph
1,400 ft AEG      25 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
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Last minute decision to go here today, started at Meridian TH, before starting the loop took the short hop down Meridian road to begin on Meridian trail then Blevins , Vista, and Merkle trails finally joining the loop at pass mountain TH ,also added a short trip up toward the ridgeline at the Maricopa Trail junction . Poppies, lupine still blooming but drying out, may last a couple of more weeks,hedgehogs coming out now with there beautiful magenta colored flower. Saw a Gila monster in thick vegetation, no reasonable photo possible. Nice new restroom at the Pass Mountain Trailhead no more port a potties, would suggest a good workout by parking here and hike up to the wind cave via windcave trail and return on the gentle downhill slope on this portion of the loop trail , avoids the crowded small wind cave lot,adds about a mile to the wind cave hike. Cloud cover and breeze kept it cool until midday, trails were populated also until then , only saw 1 hiker on the way down from the saddle to the trailhead. Weekdays are nice as only came across 2 mountain bikers and that was on Blevins.
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
Mexican poppies, lupine,scorpion weed, Chuparosa,chia,globe mallow.
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Feb 17 2019
adilling
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58 male
 Joined Dec 02 2014
 Mesa, AZ
Vista Trail - UseryPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 17 2019
adilling
Hiking0.65 Miles 140 AEG
Hiking0.65 Miles
140 ft AEG
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I missed out on a Sedona hike with Chris and Wally on Saturday because of family stuff, then I missed out on another hike up to Quartz Peak on Sunday because of my run in with a Korean BBQ (gotta cook that meat ALL the way next time). So, rather than get shut out all weekend, the wife and I decided to do an easy one out at Usery. We did the Merkle loop and then "ascended" the Vista Trail.

The sunset was nice and although not quite Sedona or Quartz Peak, I still got in a hike.
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Jan 05 2019
diesul
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 Photos 14
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45 female
 Joined Mar 29 2011
 Mesa, AZ
Merkle Memorial TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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diesul
Hiking0.90 Miles 62 AEG
Hiking0.90 Miles
62 ft AEG
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Attended the Maricopa County Animal Shelter Wag n Walk adoption hike. Lots of friendly dogs hoping to get adopted. We brought our dog along for the hike.
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Dec 11 2018
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59 male
 Joined Apr 02 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Merkle Memorial TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 11 2018
Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking2.80 Miles 187 AEG
Hiking2.80 Miles      47 Mns   3.57 mph
187 ft AEG
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X3 Precursor to my Mall walks. There is even an exercise station next to trail! 🤗
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Apr 18 2018
Tortoise_Hiker
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 Photos 7,528
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59 male
 Joined Apr 02 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Grandpa Day, AZ 
Grandpa Day, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 18 2018
Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking1.80 Miles
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Better results today. We didn't let Lily get lost. We did the loop hike and the Vista trail to the top then over to the playground. We picked up trash and walked over to the ramada next door to throw it away. The lady there said we just missed a rattlesnake. It slithered by the ramada on his way home :o . Palo Verde trees have a nice bloom and we saw a few Saguaro blossoms too. Stopped by the nature center to see the reptile exhibit and a nice variety of birds out back at the feeders and water feature. :D :y:
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Jan 10 2018
Tortoise_Hiker
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 Photos 7,528
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59 male
 Joined Apr 02 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Merkle Memorial TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 10 2018
Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking2.00 Miles 100 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles
100 ft AEG
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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Not a good start to Grandpa Wednesday. Trying to work around my new schedule. Forgot kids get out an hour early on Wednesdays. Then I let Lily go ahead of us on the trail to use restroom and she got lost for 10-15 minutes. ](*,) Lucky the trail circles back except for the .1 section to the parking/restroom. She missed it and we did a second lap to find her. We need to work on those skills :oops: . Playground and five buck lunches went better. I'm still in the doghouse, though. :doh: [-(
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Jul 18 2017
Tortoise_Hiker
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 Photos 7,528
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59 male
 Joined Apr 02 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Merkle Memorial TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking0.90 Miles 50 AEG
Hiking0.90 Miles
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A little grandpa Tuesday hike with the grandkids plus one cousin Destinee. Because of the possible afternoon rain we changed up our schedule. Swim,visitor center to see the critters,hike,playground (shortened by lightning),PeiWei,ZOYO, take home, SLEEP! :lol: :y:
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Jan 10 2017
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59 male
 Joined Apr 02 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Merkle Memorial TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking2.00 Miles 100 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles
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Instead of Taco Tuesday, I've started a Grandpa Tuesday. I pick the Grandkids up after school and get them a bite to eat and take them on a little hike. Lily Isaac and I did this loop twice and then a little more.
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Dec 03 2015
hikingaz2
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77 male
 Joined Dec 16 2011
 Mesa,Az
Merkle Memorial TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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hikingaz2
Hiking0.90 Miles 50 AEG
Hiking0.90 Miles
50 ft AEG
 
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Great little Hike to get my wife back in hiking shape after problems with her foot, no rocks flat perfect, Blevins next...
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Oct 17 2015
jochal
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 Guides 2
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 Photos 1,884
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37 male
 Joined Sep 13 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Crimson Wash Trail - UseryPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 17 2015
jochal
Hiking8.60 Miles 360 AEG
Hiking8.60 Miles
360 ft AEG
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1st trip
Out on Crimson Wash, took Levee over to Signal Wash, Spillway up to Blevins, then West on Blevins to Nighthawk Wash. Went West on Channel trail to end, then returned East to Noso. Returned to car, with a loop around Merkle on the way back.
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May 08 2015
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39 male
 Joined Feb 26 2015
 Mesa, AZ
Merkle Memorial TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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NaturalDoc
Hiking0.90 Miles 50 AEG
Hiking0.90 Miles
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Feb 21 2015
NaturalDoc
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 Routes 46
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39 male
 Joined Feb 26 2015
 Mesa, AZ
Merkle Memorial TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 21 2015
NaturalDoc
Hiking2.70 Miles 50 AEG
Hiking2.70 Miles   1 Hour      2.70 mph
50 ft AEG
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Jan 10 2014
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59 male
 Joined Apr 02 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Merkle Memorial TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking0.90 Miles 50 AEG
Hiking0.90 Miles      23 Mns   2.35 mph
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Grace and I did our Friday morning hike then lunch at the Firehouse. :y:
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Jan 10 2014
amazgrac
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64 female
 Joined Oct 29 2008
 Mesa, AZ
Merkle Memorial TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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amazgrac
Hiking0.90 Miles 50 AEG
Hiking0.90 Miles      23 Mns   2.35 mph
50 ft AEG
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