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    Observatory Mesa Trail

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    10.3 km
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    235 m
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    Directions to Trailhead

    The Observatory Mesa Trail takes you through the forest to the top of Observatory Mesa. You'll enjoy glimpses of the mountains from this hike, and while the views aren’t the most far-reaching around, the trip amongst the trees is very pleasant. It’s a steady climb up, but once you’re on the mesa you can stroll quite a ways along its flat top. Expect moderate traffic on this route.

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    Route Description for Observatory Mesa Trail

    The Observatory Mesa Trail is a hike that straddles the line between urban and remote. While it starts from within Flagstaff, it quickly makes you feel like you’re a ways away from the city. With an enjoyable trek through the ponderosa pines stretched ahead of you, this is a pleasant adventure that won’t take all day to get to or enjoy.

    There is okay signage on this trail, but there are lots of junctions. Consider downloading your GPS track ahead of time to help mitigate navigational challenges.

    From the trailhead, cross N Thorpe Road and take Mars Hill Trail up the side of the mesa, a consistent but fairly gentle climb. Atop the mesa, turn right onto Observatory Mesa Trail. This route will bring you to the edge of the mesa, where you can enjoy the view of the city and the Dry Lake Hills beyond. When you’re ready, turn around and retrace your steps to the trailhead.

    Getting to the Observatory Mesa Trail Trailhead

    The trailhead for the Observatory Mesa Trail is off N Thorpe Road.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground


    • When to do


    • Pets allowed

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly


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    • Crowd Levels


    • Route Type

      Out and back

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