Lime Mesa

HARD 2 reviews
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Lime Mesa is a 7.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Durango, CO that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and horses and is accessible from June until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

7.2 miles 1190 feet Out & Back

dog friendly


horseback riding


A high altitude out-and-back to "Overview Point", or the "backdoor" to the popular Chicago Basin / Highland Mary Lakes areas. A high altitude out-and-back, or the "backdoor" to the popular Chicago Basin / Highland Mary Lakes areas. Trail climbs across the upper contours of a sloped mesa that ends at the south ridgelines of the Chicago Basin. At the Lime Mesa trail's end is a great "Overview Point" which gives a view to several of the 14'ers in the heart of the San Juan Mtns. The trail keeps mainly to open treeless alpine meadows at the upper end, after passing through a few alpine spruce / fir groves near the trailhead.

5 months ago

3 years ago


Wonderful hike but a long drive to the trailhead at around 11,000 ft. About half of the trail is just below or about at tree-line and the rest a little above so the open woods and views are wonderful and the wild flowers spectacular in July. We saw a big herd of wapiti near where the trail descends to Ruby Lake.