Pass Mountain Trail

Apache Junction, Arizona 85190

Pass Mountain Trail

Pass Mountain Trail Professional Review and Guide

"This is a technically demanding loop with some very hard sections and a lot of smooth tread as well. It loops around the mountain east of the park and features great views. It's located in northeast Mesa. Tread: Singletrack."

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"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."

"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."

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Great 3.5 hour hike that encircles Pass Mountain. The trail is part of the Usery Regional Park with many other hiking trails. A $5.00 fee is required and maps are provided. The Pass Mountain trail has some Canyon type hiking on the backside with views of the Goldfield Mountains and Superstition Mountains. If you do this hike be sure to also include the Wind Cave trail which has more elevation and fantastic views.

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Trail Information

Apache Junction
Nearby City
600 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Technical Difficulty
Physical Difficulty
Skill Level
3 hours
Year-round, best October to April
2,000 feet
Trailhead Elevation
2,600 feet
Top Elevation
Usery Mountain Recreation Area, Tonto National Forest, 480-984-0032
Local Contacts
USGS Apache Junction
Local Maps