Best Hikes with Dogs: Arizona
by Renee Guillory (The Mountaineers Books)
© Renee Guillory/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.
For anyone who is looking for a place to hike here in Mesa that isn’t too hard for your entire family, I recommend going to the Wind Cave Trail. Located at the Usery Mountain Regional Park, you need to pay $6 per car to get inside the park. It’s about a 3.2 mile round hike and it takes the average person about 1 ½ - 2 hours to complete. The best time to hike this trail is either a week after the first rain storm of the year or between February and March. The weather would be warm enough to hike, yet cool enough to enjoy the hike with many wild flowers blooming. I’ve been hiking this trail for many years since I was a kid, but now I hike it my mother in the coolness of spring. I hiked the trail recently with my mother. It was a relatively cool Saturday morning at 10:00am and the park was already bustling with people coming and going from the trail. The trail isn’t difficult near the beginning, but it became moderately difficult towards the cave. There was some cacti flowers blooming along the trail with some lizards and birds. At some parts of the trail, there are some rocky paths that requires to climb about two feet. Once we reached the top, the view of the valley was beautiful. There was plenty of little critters running about along with the bees that lived in the rocks of the Wind Cave for as long as I can remember. They won’t bug you if you don’t bug them. Overall, we had a great time. I recommend hiking the Wind Cave Trail, but if you don’t like crowds, try the weekdays instead of the weekend.
A little bit of a strenuous hike up. The views are amazing. Wind cave was neat but there were about a thousand bees so I couldn't explore. You can continue hiking past the cave at your own isk if you want to get to the top of the mountain
Beautiful desert scenery, stunning views. Fairly short and manageable for the casual hiker, a challenge for the couch potato - but totally doable! Brought my dad's dog along and she huffed and puffed more than I did. Make sure you bring plenty of water for your doggie if you bring her along.
Watch out for wasps in the cave... but Seriously, the view is A-MAH-ZING!!
Great views of the valley and Phoenix as you climb the moderate backand fourth desert trail. It was a perfect morning hike. Once you reach the Wind cave you can hike another 10 minutes or so through some more difficult terrain to the peak of Pass Mountain. There are signs warning of dangerous hiking conditions but the view improved to include Appache Junction and the Superstition Mountains.
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