The location of Usery Mtn Park means it gets lots of Phoenix area visitors on weekends. It also seems that the destination for most is Wind Cave. Destination is important for many. Just a hike with desert views doesn't seem to qualify as a good day. Might be the competitive nature of most people.
Having done the Wind Cave hike on a weekend in a previous visit to this park a couple of years ago, I waited until Monday to do the hike. Not a difficult hike, it is a bit more than three miles round trip. On the trail by 8:30, I met two hikers coming down. Returning to the trail head I met four hikers and two runners.
The desert scenery is diverse and blooming -- the ocotillo, several species of cholla, the saguaro, the prickly pear, etc. Along the trail there were the usual lizards scurrying along the path. Some were stub tailed -- obviously sacrificed to save their life. There was a shed snake skin, but no snake. Why is there a dead mouse right in the middle of the trail.
In the photos, arrows point to Wind Cave or to the trail head and parking lot.
Wind Cave is an overhang of rock -- more like a grotto. There are some water seeps within the back wall which draw bees looking for moisture. With that little moisture seeping out of the wall, a few green plants have set root in those cracks.
The toys in my life have to be used. Frequently, the Garmin eTrex records my trail along with the mileage. This is my journey superimposed on a Topo map of the area.