I dropped my son off at ASU today – he is in the ASU marching band and going to the Sun Bowl. He boarded a bus to El Paso and I headed out to get some more miles in at Maricopa parks so I thought I’d see what was “close” to ASU. Usery is about 20/25 minutes from ASU and since I was already half way there I thought I’d check out the hiking. Big bonus is that there was no traffic today. Everyone must be off for the holidays!
I parked off Crismon and McKellips and walked in. Paid my $2.00 entrance fee at the pay station. It was an absolutely gorgeous day. It was cold when I left my house (42), but it had warmed up to 56 when I started.
I thought I was on the Crismon Wash trail, but it turns out I was on a trail running parallel to that which was fine. Then I hit Blevins trail took that over to Pass Mountain and then to the Wind Cave Trail. I hardly saw anyone on the first three trails, but Wind Cave is the popular trail there and there were tons of people enjoying the beautiful day.
Plus these gorgeous views of the “Phoenix” on the mountain! The wind cave trail is rated difficult. It’s not super steep, but it can be narrow and there were some rocks to climb over. The trail is 1.5 each way.
Coming around the corner to the wind cave which is just a depression in the mountain. There were quite a few people enjoying the view there!
I can see why so many people love the Wind Cave Trail. It’s a pretty good workout and nice views. It’s really far for me to do regularly, but I’m glad I made the trek out do hike at Usery! 7.6 miles, all flat except for the wind cave trail which was the highlight! December 27, 2017.