Cat Peaks Trail

Usery Mountain Regional Park

Superstition Mountains Area, Arizona

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Cat Peaks Trail


  • Entering Tonto National Forest.- Cat Peaks Trail
  • Cat Peaks with the Superstitions in the distance.- Cat Peaks Trail
  • Trail junction.- Cat Peaks Trail
  • Beautiful cholla cactus in bloom.- Cat Peaks Trail
  • Pass Mountain.- Cat Peaks Trail
  • View of the Superstition Mountains from the saddle.- Cat Peaks Trail
  • Pass Mountain from the trail.- Cat Peaks Trail
  • Walking among the saguaros.- Cat Peaks Trail
  • From the Cat Peaks Trail.- Cat Peaks Trail
  • A spot to rest.- Cat Peaks Trail
  • Cat Peaks.- Cat Peaks Trail
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Short, easy hike for all abilities. Beautiful desert scenery.
Cactus could be dangerous for dogs or small children.
Superstition Mountains Area, AZ
Pets allowed: 
Net Elevation Gain: 
125.00 ft (38.10 m)
Permit required: 
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Fall
Suitable for:
Biking, Hiking, Horseback
Total Distance: 
2.70 mi (4.35 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
1,775.00 ft (541.02 m)
Typically multi-day: 
Current Local Weather:
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Usery Mountain Park is one in the fine group of Maricopa County parks that surround the Phoenix metro area. There are some very spectacular hikes in this park that require a high level of endurance, such as the Wind Cave Trail and the Pass Mountain Loop. For those who want to explore the fine desert scenery of Usery Mountain Park on a short hike without a lot of climbing, the Cat Peaks Loop is a great choice. Like most of the trails at this park, the Cat Peaks Loop is actually located in the adjoining Tonto National Forest.

This hike starts at the large parking lot of the trailhead staging area. Taking the trailhead for Pass Mountain, head due east on this trail for 0.6 miles, passing the National Forest boundary, to the Cat Peaks Trail junction is on the right. The larger Cat Peak is directly ahead, and the trail splits to either side of it. This trail system is a figure eight, with the main loop being a large oval around both peaks. Crossing between the peaks is the short Cats Pass cutoff over the saddle between the hills. 

The landscape of this hike is a beautiful example of the Colorado desert with saguaro, cholla and hedgehog cactus. The view from the saddle is panoramic, with the Superstition Mountains dominating the eastern horizon.

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Welcome to Mesa, Arizona. A gateway city to one of the most dynamic regions in the country. With countless places for new discoveries, competitive sports, wild west adventures and farm to table cuisine, Mesa is a city that knows no bounds. A geographic wonderland, Mesa is close to the Tonto National Forest and the iconic Superstition Mountains, but far enough to experience the wide-open and true Arizona vacation. From here, all things are possible, leaving you breathless and sure to show you why we are "City Limitless."

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