Pass Mountain Hike

  • February 5, 2013 · 4:30 PM

Length: 4 miles +/-  Mostly Shaded

Rating: Easy to Moderate

Elevation Gain: 800 feet +/-

Come enjoy this trail in the Usery Mtns, east of Mesa, at your own pace, working at your own level.  Some hikers may be keeping a fairly fast pace for fitness.

This is an out and back hike, about 4 miles +/-, with an elevation change of about 800 feet +/-.

It is a rocky, hilly trail that is uphill going, and downhill coming back with great wilderness views from the pass.

YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY.  BRING A WATER & A LIGHT. We have plenty of time to be done before dark.  The light is for those who want to meander and a safety precaution.

MEET-UP LOCATION: Drive to Meridian Rd. (east of Mesa), head north on it until it ends at a trailhead. We will begin our hike here. (Go to “” and paste in, “E. McDowell & N. Meridian Rd., Mesa, AZ”. That is the trailhead location.)

TIME: Meet before 4:30, to leave promptly at 4:30 p.m.

Snakes and other creatures capable of defending themselves, may be found throughout the desert. Pay attention to the ground in front of you and to where you place your feet and hands. Generally, we want to leave flora and fauna undisturbed.

You can go at any pace you wish, but there is one junction in the trail (early on) that you want to take careful note of, so you don’t miss it coming back if you have chosen to come back alone.

Some hikers may be keeping a fairly fast pace.

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  • Reed L.

    I always enjoy Pass Mountain hikes - whether it's the saddle and back/the saddle loop or the full pass mountain loop. Good group - good pace.

    February 6, 2013

  • Reed L.

    I've hiked this area extensively, it can be done as a loop. There is another way up to the saddle. I can show you it if interested. It might take an extra 10 or 15 minutes.

    February 1, 2013

    • Sue

      Hi Reed. Yes. We've done the loop before, but at this time of year we have limited daylight. I'm aware of the trail that crosses the wash and takes you up a steeper, rockier trail. You can certainly let us know about the one you've done. It's always good to try alternate routes. For this night, we'll stick to the hike as posted. I think it's a good bang for the hour and 10-20 minutes.

      February 1, 2013

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