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The Mesa Trail leads 6.9 miles south from Chautaugua Park Trailhead to Mesa Trailhead. It provides excellent views of the Flatirons as it passes east of them for at least a mile from the Chautaugua Trailhead. The first trail the Mesa intersects is the McClintock Trail. A short distance south the trail intersects the Enchanted Mesa Trail, then the Kohler Mesa Trail. From this point Mesa Trail climbs slightly to 6,300 feet then remains at that elevation as it passes through Skunk Canyon and crosses two drainages. The trail descends slightly as it intersects the trails that extend from the NCAR Trailhead.

After passing over Table Mesa the trail enters Bear Canyon Creek, follows the drainage for a short distance and ascends to 6,400 feet. It then crosses the Fern Canyon drainage remaining fairly level. The trail splits less than a mile south of Fern Canyon. Take the right fork at this junction. Continuing southward the trail splits again immediately east of the rock formation known as Devils Thumb. Again follow the right fork ascending slightly then dropping into Shadow Canyon. The trail descends from 6,600 feet in Shadow Canyon to 5,880 feet at the Mesa Trailhead during the last mile.

Directions: From State Road 93, Traveling south from Boulder on State Highway 93 turn right on to Eldorado Springs Drive. Follow this road for 1.75 miles to the Mesa Trailhead.

Elevation: 6,000 feet

Ending Elevation: 5,880 feet

Usage: Heavy

Difficulty: Easy

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