• Activities:

    Photography, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Spring, Autumn, Winter

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    2.9 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    790 Feet

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Scenic

This dog-friendly trail takes you up to the caves to explore and is relatively easy. If you want to climb higher for better views, the hike becomes more challenging.

This is a great trail for a run or for stretching your legs exploring the caves in Usery Mountain Regional Park. Keep in mind that the trail leads you up to the cave and is the end point. To get better views of the area, you'll have to climb up past the caves, where the trail is not marked.

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This is one of my favorites hikes in the valley. Quick and amazing views of the desert. Go early enough and you can hear the coyotes in the area!

6 months ago
6 months ago

This trail, the entire surrounding area, additional & longer trails, amenities, plus scenery is hands down in the top 5 for the PHX Metro area. Check it out!

8 months ago
8 months ago

We stayed at Usery for a few nights and this was our favorite hike in the park. Go in the evening for a nice sunset over the east valley. Caves were nothing special but hike offered nice views and the trail was well maintained.

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

I took my 3 year old and dog, we had it all to ourselves and spent the morning exploring different paths.

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

Good hike just to get outdoors. Usery Park and the McDowell Mtns are a nicer part of the desert, so it's worth trying at least once. The wind caves are cool to see just to quell your curiosity. Watch out for snakes. Be very careful in the summer even though it's an easy hike.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

It's just a good all around hike. Great for beginners

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

This trail was an easy stroll up the mountain to a pretty good view of the East Valley. The Wind Caves carved out out the mountain were pretty cool to see up close. It's also a dog friendly trail which is nice. Few for parking, and make sure you go early! It was super crowded!

about 2 years ago
about 2 years ago

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