Looking out our rear window, Pass Mountain seemed to be calling to us to come and explore so we decided to see what the Pass Mountain Trail was all about. Having read some literature, it was rated as a strenuous 7.4 mile hike, with some steep rocky descents. This is the part that filled me with a little trepidation but I was game to give it a try.
This was a great exercise hike, a trail full of ups and downs around the base of Pass Mountain, which is known as Scarface by the locals. Crossing the saddle at the half-way mark, we arrived at the section described as a rocky, steep descent, but nothing like what I had feared. It was very doable and offered spectacular views of the backside of Pass Mountain, with Four Peaks in the distance beyond.
Terry and I both agreed that we would not have rated this hike as strenuous, more like a moderate trek, with some pretty spectacular desert views.
We have hiked the only lengthy trails in Usery Mountain Park so it is time to branch out to the Superstition Mountains, situated in Tonto National Forest and known for its legend of the Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine. Many years ago we spent time hiking in this wilderness and are looking forward to exploring it once again.