Pass Mountain Trail forms a large loop around its namesake landmark in the East Valley. This pleasant and easy trail offers grand views of the Goldfield Mountains, Four Peaks, and Superstition Mountains.
Pass Mountain Trail begins in Usery Park but runs mostly through Tonto National Forest. Encircling the mountain of the same name, it takes visitors from the desert floor through dry washes, across mountainsides, and up to a saddle with outstanding views. The trail is gentle on the lungs and legs, making it ideal for a family day hike.
"This convenient hike is suitable for showing children, dogs, relatives from back East, and other limited hikers the wonders of the desert without marry of the hardships of the desert. The trip loops around the slopes of Pass Mountain, in and out of Usery Mountain State Park, in the Goldfield range near Mesa. OUTSTANDING FEATURES: Cacti, cliffs, city vistas, access to Wind Cave." Read more
"Starting in popular Usery Mountain Park near east Mesa, this easy loop on a well-graded trail swings around Pass Mountain though fine Sonoran Desert and offers views of Four Peaks, and the Goldfield and Superstition Mountains. Once on the northeast side of Pass Mountain, it’s easy to forget that one of the country’s largest cities lies just over the ridge. Walk a few feet up the Wind Cave Trail to the point where the Pass Mountain Trail crosses. Turn left on the Pass Mountain Trail to start the loop. The trail heads north, crossing numerous dry washes and their intervening ridges. After just over a mile of this, the trail turns east and climbs gradually around the north side of Pass Mountain. The trail is in the Tonto National Forest now, and you can look northeast across a vast sweep of open desert, culminating in the rugged crest of the distant Mazatzal Mountains." Read more
"This trail starts in the Usery Mountain Regional Park, then spends most of its time in the Tonto National Forest, looping through the western Goldfield Mountains northeast of Mesa. It offers a fine sense of remoteness, considering its location near the greater Phoenix area. Once on the east side of Pass Mountain, you’ll be looking north and east toward three wilderness areas within a few dozen miles of the metropolitan area. After wet winters, this is a fine place to see desert wildflowers. A couple hundred yards from the start, turn left at a T intersection to begin the loop. The trail wanders north along the east side of the park facilities. After passing a final ramada and parking area, you’ll pass Wind Cave Trail; stay left. The trail works its way north along the west slopes of Pass Mountain. A fence marks the boundary of Tonto National Forest. Now the trail climbs gradually around the north side of the mountain." Read more
"Situated in the Goldfield Mountains, Pass Mountain rises some 1500 feet above the surrounding desert in a rugged and scenic manner. A wonderful way to take in its beauty is to hike the 7.1-mile Pass Mountain Loop, which circumnavigates the entire peak. Along the way both memorable scenery and a variety of Sonoran plant life are in plentiful supply. This hike begins at the southeast corner of the loop and follows it counterclockwise." Read more