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Usery Mountain Regional Park Southeast Trails Loop

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 4.0 (3) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A larger loop that takes the lightly trafficked southeastern trails in Usery Mountain Regional Park.


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7.5

Miles

12.0

KM

Loop

1,918' 584 m

High

1,715' 523 m

Low

317' 97 m

Up

319' 97 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

7%

Max Grade (4°)

Dogs Leashed

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Overview

This route proceeds clockwise from the Blevins Trailhead then goes over Cat Peaks Trail, followed by a little on the Meridian Trail before taking the County Line Trail to Ruidoso Trail. From there, take Spillway back to the Meridian Trail and continuing on the Blevins Trail to finish things up.

Need to Know

Great signage. There is a small model airfield near the southern edge, so you may see and hear small aircraft being flown.

Description

This is an example of the flexibility of this trail system. The signage is very good: just about every intersection has signs to indicate the trails that meet and branch at that location.

The Blevins and Cat Peaks trails are the most trafficked trails in this set, and even those are not anywhere near as crowded as the nearby Wind Cave Trail. Even if that parking area is completely full, the Blevins Trail parking area is typically not full. It is worth dealing with a few of the other visitors on those two more populated trails in order to get to the other trails, which tend to be very lightly used, and then only by horses and mountain bikers. During my latest visit, I only encountered two people, and I rarely see more than 4-5 on the County Line-Ruidoso-Spillway section.

The trails are mostly flat with some up-down as you cross washes, but these have been groomed over the past two years and are not nearly as rocky as they once were. Even the day following massive rain, there are usually only a few large puddles, and these can be easily avoided if you want.

Contacts

Land Manager: Maricopa County Parks

Shared By:

Doug Baer

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Photos

This is a shot showing my favorite spot on the Blevins Trail - it's colorful in spring and has a good view of Pass Mountain.
Jan 18, 2017 near Apache…, AZ
Enjoy phenomenal desert views from the Ruidoso Trail.
Mar 12, 2017 near Apache…, AZ
Barrel cactus in bloom
Sep 23, 2018 near Apache…, AZ
A confusing transition. Look for this sign to the southeast of the permanent toilets and continue on.
Jun 9, 2019 near Apache…, AZ

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Feb 2, 2017
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