Pass Mountain Trail

Mesa, Arizona

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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.
Hiking Arizona

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Hiking Arizona

by Stewart Aitchison & Bruce Grubbs (Falcon 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.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Mesa
Distance: 7.1
Elevation Gain: 580 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Day hike
Season: Best October to April
Trailhead Elevation: 1,900 feet
Top Elevation: 2,700 feet
Local Contacts: Usery Mountain Recreation Area
Local Maps: USGS Apache Junction; Usery Mountain Recreation Area map, Tonto National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Pass Mountain Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

4/10/2010
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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.


5/28/2006
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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.


1/10/2003
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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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