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    Mesa Creek #505 Trail

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    4.8 km
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    283 m
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    Directions to Trailhead

    Hiking the Mesa Creek #505 Trail is a fantastic outdoor experience near Mesa Lakes, Colorado that will see you climb uphill through some steep terrain for lovely views of the aspen trees. While out on the trail, you will follow closely alongside the banks of Mesa Creek, enjoying the picturesque woodland surroundings before arriving at a junction with the West Bench Trail. There are several makeshift bridges to traverse, as well as a few light scrambles on the steeper portion of the trail, so be sure to wear proper hiking boots.

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    Route Description for Mesa Creek #505 Trail

    If you find yourself in the Mesa Lakes area and are looking for a challenging hiking route that isn’t overly long, the Mesa Creek #505 Trail is a great option. Featuring a lovely creekside setting, beautiful aspen trees, and some fairly steep terrain, this is a great trail for casual and seasoned hikers alike.

    Setting out from the roadside trailhead, you will make your way past the information board in order to pick up the trail. Here, you will follow the path to the southwest and into the forest, where you will cross over to the opposite bank of Mesa Creek.

    Following the creek to the southeast, you will begin climbing your way uphill through the streep terrain of the forest, enjoying the beautiful views of the surrounding aspen trees in the process. After the steep push along the final portion of the trail, you will pass by several small cabins and arrive at a junction with the West Bench Trail. From here, you will simply head back down the same route on the return leg through the forest to your vehicle.

    Getting to the Mesa Creek #505 Trail Trailhead

    The trailhead for the Mesa Creek #505 Trail can be found at a roadside parking area along CR65, 5.1 km northwest of Jumbo Campground.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground


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      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly


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    • Route Type

      Out and back

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