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Southwestern USA Hiking Trails including Scottsdale, Phoenix, Northern Arizona


Vista Trail - Usery Mountain Regional Park Mesa, AZ

Directions: Usery Regional Mountain Park - 3939 N Usery Pass Rd, Mesa, AZ 85207

Usery Regional Mountain Park is 26-miles from Fountain Hills, AZ

1. Follow E. Shea Blvd turn left onto AZ-87 S

2. Drive 6.6-miles turn left onto N. Gilbert Rd

3. Drive 4-miles on N. Gilbert Rd turn left onto AZ-202

4. Drive 7.3-miles on AZ-202 take E. McKellips Rd and N. Ellsworth Rd/N Usery Pass Rd exit

5. Drive 4.9-miles on E Usery Park Rd to Buckhorn Camp Dr.

The entrance fee to the park is 11.00, or you can get a yearly pass here:

About the Hike: This is an easy one-mile trail with an elevation gain of 226-feet. Beautiful views of the Superstition Mountains come to life from the top of Vista Hill. Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a leash.

The trail is well marked and easy to find.

The smooth single-track pathway gradually leads you up the incline towards the top of Vista Hill.

All different activities are available at Usery Mountain Regional Park, from archery to mountain biking. This adventurous soul took his electric bicycle up the trail but returned shortly when the pathway turned rocky, proving too challenging to navigate.

We navigated through a few switch-backs pausing to gaze westerly at this rock formation that reminded me of an owl. Do you see it?

I couldn't believe someone built their home on top of the hill ruining the view. Do you see the house on the mountain off in the distance?

I took in these sweeping views from the top of Vista Hill. Too many saguaros to count across the desert floor.

A perfect spot awaits just around the corner to meditate or contemplate the state of the world.

A quick northerly stroll opened up the view to another populate hike. We could see lots of cars below. That hike will have to be explored another day.

Downward we traveled towards the Merkle Loop Trail.

Two common black ravens soared above us as we concluded our hike for the day.

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