Pass Mountain Trail

Mesa, Arizona

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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.

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"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."

Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Mesa
Distance: 7.7
Elevation Gain: 950 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 4 hours
Season: Fall through spring
Local Contacts: Usery Mountain Regional Park, Tonto National Forest
Local Maps: USGS, Apache Junction
Driving Directions: Directions to Pass Mountain Trail

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May 2018