Trail Run Project Logo

Usery Park Large Loop - South Side

Intermediate
 4.0 (1) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A mostly flat loop that covers the southern part of Usery Mountain Regional Park.


Your Rating:      Clear Rating
Your Difficulty:
Your Favorites: Add to Favorites · Your List
Zoom in to see details
Map Key

7.6

Miles

12.2

KM

100%

Runnable

1,891' 576 m

High

1,717' 523 m

Low

243' 74 m

Up

244' 74 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

5%

Max Grade (3°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Wildlife

Overview

This combination of trails is a bit over 10 km. It is pretty flat and takes you through the SE part of the park, which tends to be much less crowded than any other place in the park. It is mostly frequented by people on horseback or MTB'ers. There are some wash crossings and some of the trail is sandy, but nothing that would even require gaiters most of the year. The Channel Trail is full of water after rainstorms, and you can substitute the parallel and upper Levee Trail if that is the case.

Need to Know

It is $7 to enter the park and park where I began this run. Alternatively, you can park on the SW of the park and begin/end the run at the gate near the Channel Trail and Levee Trail intersection and just pay $2 as a "walk-in".

Runner Notes

There is not much shade and in the summer, so it gets HOT out here. Carry plenty of water.

Description

I start and end this run at the "Area 10" trailhead because parking is usually pretty simple, and they've got a restroom (not a port-o-john). Head south and then west (right) on the Blevins Trail, following that until it joins with the Moon Rock Trail the second time. From there, make a right onto Moon Rock Trail and follow it a bit until you meet up with the Levee Trail and head south until that meets up with the Channel Trail (or stay on the Levee Trail if Channel Trail is wet/muddy/full of water).

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!

Flora & Fauna

Typical Sonoran desert plants and animals: coyote, jackrabbits, deer, squirrels, lizards, etc.

History & Background

There is a popular model airplane airfield in the SE corne,r and planes are frequently visible on the Ruidoso Trail. Interestingly, "ruidoso" means "noisy" in Spanish... I'm not sure whether that was named because of the airfield or if that is merely coincidental, but when there are a bunch of planes, it sounds like a swarm of bees!

Contacts

Land Manager: Maricopa County Parks

Shared By:

Doug Baer

Trail Ratings

  4.0 from 1 vote

#3657

Overall
  4.0 from 1 vote
5 Star
0%
4 Star
100%
3 Star
0%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%
Recommended Route Rankings

#139

in Arizona

#3,657

Overall
7 Views Last Month
590 Since Dec 21, 2018
Intermediate

0%
0%
100%
0%
0%
0%

Photos

This is a shot showing my favorite spot on the Blevins Trail - it's colorful in spring and has a good view of Pass Mountain.
Jan 18, 2017 near Apache…, AZ
Enjoy phenomenal desert views from the Ruidoso Trail.
Mar 12, 2017 near Apache…, AZ
The Channel Trail offers a great view of the distant Superstition Mountains.
Feb 13, 2017 near Apache…, AZ
Barrel cactus in bloom
Sep 23, 2018 near Apache…, AZ
A confusing transition. Look for this sign to the southeast of the permanent toilets and continue on.
Jun 9, 2019 near Apache…, AZ

0 Comments

Weather


Current Trail Conditions

Update Conditions
Unknown See History
Add Your Check-In

Check-Ins

none