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Mesa Reservoir Trail

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This trail visits an unexpected patch of wetland oasis hidden among otherwise dry farmland.


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1.0

Miles

1.6

KM

Point to Point

5,550' 1,692 m

High

5,486' 1,672 m

Low

5' 2 m

Up

63' 19 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

3%

Max Grade (2°)

Dogs Off-leash

Features Lake · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Off-leash dogs must be under voice and sight control. Bikes and horses are not permitted on this trail.

Description

The Mesa Reservoir trail traces the raised rim of the reservoir. The best views of the swampy depression are from the western and eastern ends.

Starting from the western end of the Mesa Reservoir trail, hike though dry fields of yucca and prairie grasses, with the antics of prairie dogs to amuse you. This nearly flat trail soon crosses the Degge Trail and continues straight. The Mesa Reservoir trail comes up the backside of the hill on the outside of a fence line. After the intersection with the Hidden Valley Trail, the reservoir itself becomes more visible and the foothills to the west provide a scenic backdrop. Waterfowl paddle about and you can hear frogs croaking from the shoreline. Follow the rim of the reservoir around, peeking though the trees, but do not venture off the trail- this area is protected. The Mesa Reservoir Trail ends at the rain shelter where the Eagle Trail appears.

Historical factoid: the Silverlake Irrigation Ditch used to feed Mesa Reservoir, but this connection has since been abandoned. Mesa Reservoir is now only intermittently filled by rain.

Flora & Fauna

Eagles, northern harriers, red-tailed hawks, deer, coyotes, prairie dogs, rattlesnakes, bull snakes, frogs, ducks.

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Megan W

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Photos

From Mesa Reservoir looking west
Apr 30, 2015 near Boulder, CO
Smart hikers wear hats on the Eagle Trail!
Apr 30, 2015 near Boulder, CO
Layered shelves of rock along the western end of the Cobalt Trail
May 11, 2015 near Boulder, CO
Looking east over the fields and Mesa Reservoir
May 11, 2015 near Boulder, CO
Ambling the western end of the Mesa Reservoir Trial, hikers in the distance are on the Hidden Valley Trail
May 11, 2015 near Boulder, CO
On the Degge Trail, approaching the junction with the Mesa Reservoir Trail
Apr 30, 2015 near Boulder, CO

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