About two dozen volunteers showed up on July 9, 2011 to participate in the construction of new Mesa Top trail in Grand Mesa National Forest atop of the world’s largest flat-top mountain. Together with the core crew many new trail building enthusiasts have completed more than 1.5 miles of spectacular single track. After the day on the trail the volunteers enjoyed BBQ and socialized by the fire. Next event is scheduled for July 16 and 17, 2001. For more information visit COPMOBA’s Event Calendar. The trail construction is sponsored by Grand Mesa Forest Service, Antonelli’s Advanced Automotive, MK and REI.
The Mesa Top trail will provide a 7 mile non-motorized single track that will connect with the popular Flowing Park trail. It will wander through dense forest and open grassy flats, hug narrow benches clinging to the rim and snake through shimmering Aspen glades. Once the Mesa Top trail and its connectors are completed, there will be several looped trail options ranging from 6 to 28 miles. Across highway 65 will be more smaller looped trail options currently in the design stages. This area is destined to become popular with riders of all abilities.
The existing section is already open for bike riders and hikers. It can be traveled as easy out-and-back with no long climbs and very few technically challenging features. To stay safe on the trail bring water, food, mosquito repellent and be prepared for quick weather changes. I will post the separate entry with the complete description when the trail is completed.
To get to the trail from I-70 take exit 49 to highway 65 also known as Grand Mesa Scenic Byway. Drive 30 miles through the canyon, by the town of Mesa, Powderhorn ski resort and up the mountain. Turn right to the large parking area 1/2 mile past the turn to Lands End road (FS 100).
For latest update on Mesa Top Trail Construction please see report from Sep 17, 2011.
This is the GPS track for the existing section of the trail being constructed.
Please submit your your questions and notes regarding the new trail construction in the comments section below.