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
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.