Length: 3 miles
Descriptors: Scenic, Singletrack, Horses, Flow, Mostly Buff, Light Tech
Access: Bush Highway, Twisted Sister, Maricopa Trail, Usery Pass Rd, NRA Pit
Options: Out n Backs from NRA Pit or Twisted Sister and Mine Trail A great connector between Hawes and Pass Mountain.
The skinny: Wild Horse is fast becoming it’s own trail system with the addition of High Horse and Horse Tale trails offering up alternative routes and extra miles. It’s fast and flowy. Let the good times roll!
I’ve been riding Wild Horse since the early 2000s when it was primitive, super skinny, and rogue. Well off the beaten path of Hawes, rides would soak in the serenity sublime singletrack… Fast forward 20 years and Wild Horse has been incorporated into the Maricopa Trail as a connector between South Mountain and User Mountain Park. With official recognition has come many more riders, runners and hikers to enjoy the views.
Wild Horse is a gradual, steady, desert climb from Twisted Sister to Usery Pass road. Ironically, the Wild Horse singletrack is tame. You can leave your technical skills in your CamelBak, and enjoy the mild climb through the desert. Wild Horses got its name from the Brombies that roam the area. If you’re lucky you’ll cross paths with them.