Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Cat Peaks Day Hike
when Trip Report : February 17, 2018
where Goldfield Mountains
the hike     With enough winter rain, we’ll see a flourish of wildflowers on this six-trail hike through the rolling foothills of the southern Goldfields. Interesting rock formations, with awesome views of the Superstitions, Goldfields, all around.
    Then you have a choice. When you get back to the Pass Mountain Trail, you can turn right and walk back to Meridian Trailhead with me (total of 5 miles). Or you can turn left and complete the loop around Pass Mountain (total of 10.25 miles) before returning to the trailhead.
    Those who choose the same option should ride together, since we will be returning to Meridian Trailhead at different times.
    Trails in Usery Mountain Park are described on pages 178-189 of Day Hikes and Trail Rides in and Around Phoenix, (2nd. ed.) by Roger and Ethel Freeman, with a map on page 277.
distance 5 miles (short hike) or 10.25 miles (long hike)
time 3-4 hours (short) or 6-7 hours (long)
EC elevation change: +-450' (short) or +-1500' (long)
elevations 1795' (Meridian Trail), 1,967' (above the A-frame); 2,631' (pass)
type figure-8 on the end of a round trip or loop
starting at
Meridian Trailhead 33° 27.957' N,  111° 34.812' W  [NAD27]
on trail 100% — Sand Canyon, Pass Mountain, Cat Peaks, Blevins, Cat Peaks Pass, and Meridian Trails
rating "C" (short) or "B-" (long)   Rate yourself as a hiker.
dogs allowed no
cost Sharing gas expenses with the driver.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
weather Apache Junction
meet 8:00 AM at Red Mountain Park located at 7745 E. Brown Rd. in Mesa (south side of Brown Road, east of Power Road).
Directions from the Red Mountain Freeway (Loop 202):
•  Exit 26 (Brown Road).
Go west on Brown a half mile to the light at Sterling Dr.
Turn left (south) at Sterling into the park. Then take the first left into the Palo Brea parking lot.
•  Go east on Brown Road to Meridian.
Turn left and go north on Meridian until it dead-ends at the trailhead.

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