28 miles
Distance
2,850 ft
Climb
-5,345 ft
Descent
2 miles
High Point

This is a point to point 'Tour' of the Grand Mesa. This ride starts at the Mesa Top trailhead and ends at the base of Powderhorn 26.8 miles later.
This is a physically demanding and technically challenging combination of trails but is also a cool way to see a bunch of the Mesa. This is an awesome escape from the summer heat in the valley, and can definitely use some more tire tracks on the ground!

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Details

  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Shuttled
  • eBike Allowed
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Hard
More Stats for Grand Mesa adventure mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    -2,495 ft
  • Altitude min
    8,225 ft
  • Altitude start
    10,720 ft
  • Altitude end
    8,225 ft
  • Grade
    -1.687%
  • Grade max
    -51.02%
  • Grade min
    36.707%
  • Distance climb
    10 miles
  • Distance down
    15 miles
  • Distance flat
    3 miles
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail Ridden Direction

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The colour categories are based on what percentage of riders are riding a trail in its intended direction.

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  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed or Major Issue / Red

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
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  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
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  • Directions Directions
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
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      Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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      Mesa Top
      Jul 8, 2018 @ 12:06pm
      Jul 8, 2018
      7/7/18 beautiful fields of yellow, red, blue, white, purple flowers. Great overlook vistas. All singletrack to the reservoir, but bumpy with rocks and roots. Light rain just before I started so roots were slippery. Trail mostly dry with a couple very short sections of mildly muddy trail. I started at Mesa Top parking lot and headed toward Flowing Park Reservoir. Returned via Flowing Park road and Lands End road to hwy 65. 20 degrees cooler than in Grand Junction. Bikers, hikers and horseback riders using trail, but only 9 people seen.
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