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Pass Mountain Trail Professional Review and Guide
"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."
--Bruce Grubbs, Best Hikes Near Phoenix (Falcon Guides).
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