Maricopa Trail - Pass Mountain Connector
ElevationAscent: 538' 164 m
Descent: -1,335' -407 m
High: 2,202' 671 m
Low: 1,325' 404 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 17% (10°)
Current trail conditions
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“A combination of wash and singletrack that connects the Pass Mountain Trail to the Maricopa Trail proper.”— Doug Baer
Carry adequate water. There is not much shade and there are not a lot of options for exiting this trail without following it to the end. Cell service becomes really spotty as you get closer to the base of the mountains, and even once you exit the system and get down by the river.
This segment connects the Granite Reef Recreation Area on Bush Highway via the Wild Horse Trail and continuing to portions of the Hawes Trail system's Granite Trail, Saguaro Trail and the "Twisted Sister" (social?) trail through the Forest Service’s trail network, then about 1km along Usery Pass Road to the Bulldog Recreation area parking and into the Usery Mountain Regional Park.
There is a portion at the end of this track that runs behind a guard rail on the north side of N Bush Hwy for about 1 km from the Hawes System trail exit to the Granite Reef Recreation area (parking lot and river access) where this track currently terminates.
Signage is sparse, being limited to the essential trail junctions. Follow the small but colorful "Maricopa Trail" signs and their accompanying arrows.
The trail on the west side of Usery Pass Rd is groomed for mountain bikes, which seem to be most of the traffic on this trail. The typical route for them seems to go from west to east.
Land Manager: USFS - Tonto National Forest Office
May 15, 2019: Maverick Fire Reported Near Payson May 16, 2019
May 13, 2019: Riparian Area Protections Implemented