Mesa Butte hike
At only 3.5km round trip this is a short and easy hike that is perfect for after work. Mesa Butte is a mid elevation hill with tremendous views of the surrounding area. The fire pit at the top it also made for a great picnic.
Take highway 549 from Millarville, park either at the Mesa Butte Provincial Recreation Area, or slightly closer to the trail head in the ditch before the access road which is the first right after the Rec Area.
|When to do|
Out and back
Route Description for Mesa Butte hike
There is a complex network of trails in this area, many leading to the summit, but the one we followed was the most direct and started a few hundred meters north of the Mesa Butte equestrian area at a short access road to a gas well. Follow this road for a very short distance, then turn onto a trail to the left just before reaching the fenced well. It’s impossible to miss. Ascend briefly, then emerge into a regrowth area.
There are a number of less worn trails that provide alternative paths to the summit and others used by hunters and game in the area. Stick to the most worn and you will be in great shape. The destination is in view for most of the hike so it is hard to steer wrong.
As we gain elevation we zig zag through the trees for a time before entering a beautiful grassy meadow full of wild flowers. Continue to gain elevation following the treeline (to your left) until you reach the summit.
The views from the top are top drawer for such a short hike ,and ample wildlife (we saw many mule deer, a couple partridge, and potentially wild horses) make this a nice outing. If you’re competent with campfires, the fire pit at the top is a nice addition as well. Just be certain it’s out when you leave (there is no water, so either bring some or use snow).
Pack a picnic and enjoy one of the more scenic fire pits you will find.
If you travel in the winter the path may be snow covered so bring our map on a mobile device to help you find the route.
There are a number of other trails including a longer version of this hike that set off from the rec centre.
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