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Pass Mountain Ridgeline (A)

Date:Destination:Pass Mountain Ridgeline
Level:Advanced (A)Area:Usery Mountain
Approx hike distance in miles:7.4Hike leader:
Low to high elevation gain:1700Hike leader phone:
Accum elevation gain in feet:2200Hike leader email:
Departure time - Union Center parking lot:Please arrive 10 minutes early to check in
Recommended gas donation:$10
Unpaved miles:0Park entry fee per vehicle:No
Road conditions:GoodWebsite for reference info:N/A
High clearance vehicle req'd:NoTrailhead GPS coordinates:33.466258


Maintained Trail:NoUneven Footing:Yes
Steep Side Drop-offs:NoSteep Trail:
Off Trail (scratchy):YesSlippery Trail Surfaces:Yes
Use of Hands Required:YesBoulder Hopping:Yes
Hike Arizona Difficulty:4Water Crossings:No
Restrooms at Trailhead:NoGloves Required:Advised


Special Instructions:

This is a variation of the loop around Pass Mountain. Instead of going all the way around the mountain, the hike goes up the Wind Cave trail up, past the Wind Caves, then to the top of the mountain. The hike travels along the ridge and descends onto the southeast saddle. There is nothing extreme in this hike, which has great views of the city and north to Fountain Hills when the air is clear. 


Take Felix Rd. to Arizona Farms, turn right to AZ 79 and turn left. Drive north and take ramp onto US-60 West. Take exit #199/Old West Hwy. Turn right onto S Goldfield Rd. Continue on W Old West Hwy. Continue on W Apache Trail. Turn right onto N Meridian Rd. Continue on N Meridian Rd to the trailhead on the left, just past McDowell Blvd.