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Mesquite Trail

Intermediate
 3.0 (1)

Short but enjoyable, this trail is a perfect pre or post-work neighborhood outing.


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Map Key

0.6

Miles

1.0

KM

Point to Point

7,883' 2,403 m

High

7,546' 2,300 m

Low

337' 103 m

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Down

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

22%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Leashed

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Description

Start from the cul de sac at the end of Mesquite Drive (but don't park in the circle). Climb stairs below the water tank to gain the dry hillside above the houses. Already the views of Edwards below and the ski areas across the valley are worthwhile. Almost immediately, the smooth packed dirt trail intersects with the Mesquite Spur trail to the left (west). Wind around across the parched, brushy landscape and past a few fence lines. Please respect the revegetation efforts and stay off the closed former trails in this area.

Reach the ridge and travel more north now, enjoying the views eastwards down into the Singletree neighborhoods. Once you pass through a break in the fence, you enter National Forest land. From here there are a few new switchbacks that ascend the hillside and reduce the erosion that plagued the old straight shot trail. Views to the west include the Berry Creek drainage and a network of doubletrack roads through the foothills. The Mesquite Trail ends at a junction with the Edmunds Powerline Road.

This is a multi-use trail so expect to share with mountain bikers.

Flora & Fauna

Scrubby sage, pinyon, cedar.

Shared By:

Megan W

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Eastward views from the ridgeline
Sep 28, 2015 near Edwards, CO
Views of Arrowhead and Beaver Creek ski areas
Sep 28, 2015 near Edwards, CO
Views south from the start of the Mesquite Trail
Sep 28, 2015 near Edwards, CO
The views south from the top of the Mesquite Trail
Sep 28, 2015 near Edwards, CO
Looking across scrubland to the north
Sep 28, 2015 near Edwards, CO

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