Pass Mountain is a fun mountain to climb. It includes trail, off trail and a small amount of scrambling. This mountain sits East of Phoenix/Scottsdale and north of Mesa. It is the highest point in the Usery Mountains Recreation area and the western most point in the Goldfield Mountains. It sits on the border of the Goldfield mountains and the Usery mountains. This mountain sits in a busy area, but few actually see the summit. The Usery mountain Recreational area is a very busy place and the Wind Cave Trail heading up the side of Pass Mountain is a very popular trail. This mountain also overlooks Mesa and Phoenix. Through all the busyness you can find solitude on the peak.
From Phoenix take Hwy 60 to Ellsworth Rd. Turn north on Ellsworth. Ellsworth turns into Usery Pass Rd. Turn right onto User Park Road then north on Wind Cave DR.
To get into Usery Mountain Recreational Area there is a $5 fee. If there is not a ranger present then there is a box to put your money in and get a pass.
When To Climb
From looking at the summit log people hike this mountain year round. May-September is not recommended since it gets over 105 Degrees. The best months is November-March. At any time of year bring lots of water.
First come first serve, no reservations are allowed. There is a total of 73 sites and has a stay limit of two weeks. Every site has electricity, water hookup, barbecue, fire pit and a picnic table. The cost is $18 per night.
There are only two group camping areas. Reservations are required. Both areas have one large ramada containing six tables and a large patio. Hookups for RV's are not available. There is a $30 reservation fee to hold either areas. Upon arrival, the price is $8.00 per night. Both areas share restrooms. Showers are also available. For reservations, contact (480) 984-0032
There are a number of ramadas with picnic tables and barbecues. THise areas are taken on a first-come, first-serve basis.
There are two group picnic areas. Reservations are required. Each area is equipped with electricity, water, two large ramadas with tables, a large patio, fire pit a large barbecue, and floodlights for night use. Both areas share a playground. There is a $40 reservation fee to hold each of these areas. Upon arrival, the price is $5 per vehicle. For reservations, contact (480) 984-0032.
Hot and dry. There are no water sources.
The Usery Mountain Recreation area has an Archery range which is Arizona's only "Five-Star" rated archery range in the Western United States. Amenities include 4 miles of walking trails, restroom facilities, picnic areas, and a shaded shooting area.
There is a shooting range near the Usery mountain recreation area. It is no longer within the Recreation Area and is managed separately by the Arizona Game & Fish Department. You can hear the gun shots all the way up to the top of Pass Mountain.
Views From The Summit