Usery Mountain Pass Hike

7 AM Departure time from Fry's. Arrive a little earlier so we can coordinate drivers.

7:30 AM Departure time from Harris Bank location

8:30 am at the trail head


Hike Info:

Rating-moderate

Distance-7.10 miles

Time- hiking time approximately 3 hours plus 2 hours round trip from carpool location

Elevation Change-1020 feet-total gain/loss 

Hike Trail Type-Loop

Facilities- Bathrooms and water at the trailhead 

Fees: $6 daily fee per vehicle. Please split cost of fee with people in car.  Please pay driver $5 from the Fry's carpool location and $4 from Shea/FLW carpool location.

PASS MOUNTAIN TRAIL Usery Mountain Regional Park Situated on over 3,000 acres of unspoiled desert terrain just south of Mesa, Pass Mtn Trail makes a wide loop around the multiple 3,000-foot-high peaks of Pass Mountain for continual panoramic views of cholla-dotted arid plains and the jagged volcanic ridgelines of both the Superstition and Goldfield mountains. When hiked in a counter-clockwise direction, most of the strenuous uphill hiking happens in the first couple of miles as the trail climbs 600 feet before it levels off on the slopes beneath the peaks. After that, the route rambles over minor humps and shallow ravines until at near the 4-mile-point, it encounters a wide pass with spectacular views of a sprawling valley. Beyond the pass, the trail winds downhill through a maze of boulders cactuses, and palo verde trees that frame distant urban landscapes. Hopefully the wildflowers will be in bloom.

Directions from Shea/Frank Lloyd Wright carpool location : Shea to AZ 87. Turn left on to AZ 87. Take Exit 199 toward Bush Hwy.  Turn right onto N Bush Hwy/Saguaro Lake Rd. Continue to follow N Bush Hwy. Turn left onto N Usery Pass Rd, Turn left onto E Usery Park Rd. Follow this road about two miles to the entrance of the Usery Mountain Recreation Area. Turn right to enter the park. After you have paid your entrance fee ($6 as of April 2013), continue on Usery Park Road  about 1.5 miles past Wind Cave Rd to the 'Horse Staging Area'. Park in the left area of the lot. 

To find directions from other areas of the Phoenix you can Mapquest Usery Mountain Regional State Park.


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  • Ralph L.

    Great job, Julie. This was a wonderful hike to a new place.

    March 22

  • Jennifer

    Thanks for hosting Julie! Nice hike! Great company!

    March 22

  • Barb Z.

    Nice job, Julie. It was a beautiful day for a hike and you did a great job making sure everyone had a nice experience.

    1 · March 22

  • David

    Thanks everyone for making this such a fun day.

    1 · March 22

  • Vangie T.

    Great Hike Julie. Loved the scenic route there, wonderful company and good eats after

    March 22

  • Joanne s.

    A great hike ! So good to meet you all !

    1 · March 22

  • Barbara O.

    I will meet everyone at the trailhead.

    March 21

  • Lawrence

    OK, I can't make this one but will be doing this hike on Sunday with Jim B.

    March 21

  • Barb Z.

    Julie, We are driving to Usery Park with Michael and Anne. Did not plan on stopping by the bank.

    March 21

  • Sherry

    have a scheduling conflict, wont be able to make it. next time. Thanks!

    March 21

  • Lorraine B.

    I look forward to this! great weather. Meetcha at the HarrisBank location :)

    March 21

  • Debley

    Can't make it yet...but soon! Looking forward to catching up.

    March 16

  • Lawrence

    I'd love to go but I do not think I am up to 7-10 miles yet

    March 8

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