Usery Park Large Loop - South Side
ElevationAscent: 243' 74 m
Descent: -244' -74 m
High: 1,891' 576 m
Low: 1,717' 523 m
GradeAvg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 5% (3°)
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“A mostly flat loop that covers the southern part of Usery Mountain Regional Park.”— Doug Baer
This is a pretty easy run across the width of the park. When you meet up with the Spillway Trail , head left onto that and run until the first branch, which will be the Ruidoso Trail on the right. This trail will wind around the eastern side of the park, and you may even see planes flying around from the nearby model plane airfield.
Continue on this trail (again, mostly flat desert trails with a few easy wash crossings) until it meets the County Line Trail and head north (left). This will be mostly flat with a bit of uphill grade until it meets with the Meridian Trail. This trail is a bit more on the rocky side than the previous trails, but not too bad.
Once the Meridian Trail joins with the Blevins Trail, take the right fork and follow that back to the Area 10 Trailhead spur you came in on. There is a parking area with port-o-johns about 2km from the start —good to know in case you can't make it back to the beginning!
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Land Manager: Maricopa County Parks