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“Excellent First Experience for New Hiker”

Usery Mountain Regional Park
Ranked #3 of 70 things to do in Mesa
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed January 17, 2017

I drove from Phoenix and I was pleasantly surprised on my route to run into cool antique stores and a couple of flea markets. When you start leaving the city, I felt and you can see the transition to the raw nature and awesomeness of the area and the mountain as you approach it. Once you enter the park it's all a nature lovers could want. The trials are from easy to difficult and the main attraction is simple incredible to see and to explore. I spent the whole day just exploring the normal trials and basically sat at every bench and just took a break from the real World. I highly recommend you go prepared to spend the day, as you won't want to be short on water, food and protect yourself from the sun. Once you leave if you make a right the roads and scenery are a "WOW' type of place. I will be going quite often and bring my bike to enjoy all it has to offer.

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Reviewed January 16, 2017 via mobile

A very good trail that was easy to moderate in difficulty. Really nice views from the top and a lot of desert vegetation to see on the way up. Location, views, parking, quality of trails, we're all good.

1  Thank Joel W
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Reviewed January 13, 2017

Just so you know there's a $6/car fee to get into the park, but seems worth it. Well maintained and friendly staff to help. We spent a few hours hiking on the Wind Cave trail last week. It does go up in about 800 feet in elevation but zig/zags enough that it's not really difficult and the path is a bit uneven (watch your ankles!). We took the dog along with us and she had a great time checking things out - there were a number of other people with dogs and all were well behaved for the most part. We enjoyed our time there and a person could go for all day or just a few hours like we did. Plan to go back and check out some of the other trails soon. (don't forget water for you and your pet if you take one along)

2  Thank Pedal_gal
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Reviewed January 11, 2017

This East Valley park is really a treat for those that want to explore the Sonoran Desert in it's natural state. Extremely user friendly with flatter paths and secure footing as well as a bit more challenging terrain should the urge strike to climb up a bit.Great views of the surrounding area and very easy to find a few miles from the 202 Red Mountain Freeway. Not to be missed should one desire a quick tutorial in the Native Flora and Fauna.

1  Thank golfrp63
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Reviewed January 6, 2017 via mobile

Something for everyone here. From new visitors to the desert to experienced hikers this is the place.
Ranger B and volunteers are extremely knowledgeable and helpful.
Have a full list of interesting monthly programs, including fitness hikes and outdoor gym equipment, full moon hikes, star gazing, bird watching, archery, photography and lots of educational events, plus much more.
Check out their website.
** Always wear close-toe shoes or boots.
So close to the urban areas, but yet on the edge of the nearly 3 million acre Tonto National Forest and Wilderness Areas.

1  Thank Judith A
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