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Mescal Trail

Intermediate
 4.8 (4)

Excellent, scenic, slickrock singletrack.


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Map Key

2.5

Miles

4.0

KM

Point to Point

4,706' 1,434 m

High

4,523' 1,378 m

Low

198' 60 m

Up

160' 49 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

16%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs Leashed

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Description

The southeast end of Mescal Trail is accessed from the Long Canyon trailhead. You'll get your blood pumping right away to get up the initial climb. It's short, rocky, and quickly changes back to rolling trail.

The trail tops out and then travels toward Mescal Mountain, a gigantic red sandstone butte. The meat of the route is a traverse on the southern side along a long continuous slickrock ledge.

After some smooth red dirt, there's one big push onto the first section of slickrock. Once on the sandstone surface you'll hike along a fairly level elevation, occasionally going up down or around short sections of steps or boulders.

As Mescal Trail rounds the butte on the west end, the view becomes breathtaking into Boynton Canyon. Take in the scenery before a descent to the end of the trail. Turn right here to access Deadmans Pass, or bear left to connect to Aerie.

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  4.8 from 4 votes

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Mescal Trail
Oct 26, 2017 near West Se…, AZ
Mescal follows along the foot of Mescal Mountain.
Apr 26, 2017 near West Se…, AZ
Mescal Trail
Oct 26, 2017 near West Se…, AZ
Mescal Mountain is quite the sight.
Apr 26, 2017 near West Se…, AZ
This portion of the trail along Mescal Mountain follows a slickrock tread.
Apr 26, 2017 near West Se…, AZ
You'll get your fair share of visual stimulation on the trail around Mescal Mountain.
Apr 26, 2017 near West Se…, AZ

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Jan 16, 2020
S Jones
Wet and muddy in spots. Fairly busy for a Thursday.