After work I drove to Maricopa County's Usery Mountain Reserve and hiked the Wind Cave Trail and the Merkle Trail. These are hikes #15 (4 miles) and #16 (1 mile) respectively in Stewart Green's book. Temperature was in the high 90s.
Go to http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/usery/pdf/usery-11x17-2d.pdf for an excellent map of the park.
|To reach the trailhead from Scottsdale, go south on 101, east on 60, north on Ellsworth Road (exit 191) 6.6 miles to Usery Mountain Reserve entrance. Park entrance fee is $5. The Merkle Trail encircles the mound in this photo, which was taken from above Wind Cave.|
|The Merkle Trail is wheelchair accessible!|
|View of Pass Mountain from the Merkle Trail.|
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