Point 3169 is the highest point to the right (NE) above the Meridian Trailhead north of Mesa. It is just East of the popular Usery Mountain Preserve and Pass Mountain. The ridge line portion of this hike is not oft traveled and covers rough rocky terrain. My GPS has the distance as Just over 5 miles round trip.
The Meridian Trailhead sits at the corner of McDowell and Meridian Roads.
From Phoenix, take the Superstition Freeway (US-60 E) to the 202 N. Take exit 27 off the 202 N to University Drive. Turn left (North) on to Meridian after about 3 miles and take Meridian 3 miles North all the way up to the Meridian Trailhead at the corner of Meridian and McDowell. Thanks to hikearizona.com for some of the original information on this page.
This is a true loop hike that starts and finishes at the Meridian TH. For this description, travel was counter-clockwise (Ridge line from south to north).
Start by taking the trail that heads north towards Bulldog Saddle. Within about 500 feet a trail splits off to the east. Follow this trail until its terminus at the south end of the mountain. The trail ending is obvious, and so are the heavily placed cairns which lead up towards the ridge line.
Once on the ridge line, the route requires boulder hopping, scrambling and a few down climbs. Exposure is minimal. The terrain very much resembles that of the nearby Pass Mountain ridge line. After passing the highest point on the ridge, Peak 3108, there is just one more saddle and slight climb to the final peak at the north end of the ridge.
From here, look down to the west at Boulder Saddle. Follow a cairned route down the north end to the saddle. Pick up the Boulder Saddle trail and follow back to the trailhead.
No Red Tape known.
Climb all year long, but it gets HOT in the summer months!
There is a nice camp spot in an open meadow at a saddle below the south end of the ridgeline. A large fire ring already exists and the area is secluded with great views.