Pass Mountain Trail

Mesa, Arizona 85212

Pass Mountain Trail

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."

More Pass Mountain Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"This trail loops through the western Goldfield Mountains northeast of Mesa. It offers a fine sense of remoteness, considering its location near the greater Phoenix area. At 2.3 miles, a fence marks the boundary of the Tonto National Forest, and the trail climbs gradually around the north side of the mountain.

As it crosses a ridge, the remainder of the Goldfield Mountains becomes visible to the northeast, and beyond, the distinctive summits of Four Peaks. Continuing to climb, the trail turns south into a canyon, and climbs to a pass. This spot is the high point of the hike. With the bulk of Pass Mountain hiding the metropolitan area to the southwest, this saddle is a wild and rugged spot."

"McDowell Mountain Regional Park covers more than 21,000 acres of desert wilderness at the base of the McDowell Mountains. Take the easy Scenic Trail to a hilltop to enjoy expansive views of surrounding mountains and plains."

Pass Mountain Trail Reviews

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7/29/2018
A nice hike with some great views! Whoever said this trail was “easy” has not hiked it before. It is in the more moderate range, not difficult but you will get a decent workout.
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4/10/2010
A long but enjoyable hike. A moderate hike and very pretty in March and April with the winter showers. Wouldn't recommend in the summer months.
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5/28/2006
This trail was gorgeous and a relatively easy hike, but I recommend doing it clockwise first, so you can avoid having to go up a set of insanely steep switchbacks to reach the pass. The only irritation (slight though it may be) was that nearly the last 2.5 - 3 miles were within shouting distance of the houses in north Apache Junction ("hey you, nice boat!"). Other than that, it was a pleasant hike, with much less traffic than many of the day hikes in the Phoenix valley. I highly recommend it, and as it's not strenuous, a perfect hike for the entire family.
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1/10/2003
While the entrance to this trail is found in Usery Park, most of the trail leads through the southern section of the Tonto National Forest. Less frequented than other trails in Usery Park, the trail follows the base of Pass Mountain. Once on the east side of Pass Mountain hikers will be treated to breathtaking views of mountain ranges, including the Four Peaks wilderness and Superstition Mountains. When there has been sufficient rain, most of these hills are bathed in colorful poppies and wildflowers during February and March. Return to the same trail in April and May to see the giant Saguaros and other cacti in bloom. As this trail is one of the few in this area of Tonto National Forest, the eastern side of the mountain retains the feel of true wilderness. There are some gradual gradients leading to the crossing of a short saddle but almost anyone could hike this trail as long as they are accustomed to walking short to medium distances. This trail is an excellent option for those who are looking for a lesser-known trail with few people.
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Trail Information

Mesa
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
7.7
Distance
950 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
4 hours
Duration
Fall through spring
Season
Usery Mountain Regional Park, Tonto National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS, Apache Junction
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Oct 2018