The trail-head was easy enough to find. Enjoyable hike, there was running water intermittently along the trail, and a few slight patches of snow near the top. Not a great hike for views, there are really none to speak of, but the changes of flora and fauna as you gain elevation is interesting. The trail terminates at a nondescript spot on FR 300.
Court N. on Timber Mesa Trail
Trail markers exist, but who knows what trail you are on!? Ridiculously confusing making GPS and backtracking mandatory! Hike itself is awesome, but GPS is mandatory.
Tough bike ride, kicked my butt, but I'm out of shape. I went counterclockwise. The section from the trailhead to the right hand turn is totally rocky, couldn't bike it. After the right turn to go counterclockwise, it is mostly smooth sailing, really nice fast pine needle covered track. But, once you make the u-turn the trail skirts the whole way along the bluff for great views. Unfortunately pretty much that whole section along the bluff was way too difficult for me to bike because it is so rocky. At least three spots, in which the bike would not even fit, so had to carry. Anyway, great ride, I think it is more like 8+ miles.
Good trail to start building up endurance for harder hikes. It is one that anyone can complete without too much difficulty if you are in basic good health. There are some climbs, but nothing drastic or hard. Nice views, not heavily trafficked, you will sometimes run into deer, elk, and more than once I have ran into groups of wild horses.
Considering we did this the day after it snowed, it was more challenging. the trail was slushy and muddy so it was hard to follow. Very cool to be within the ponderosa though. We are visiting from California and staying at a resort down the road. It was a nice day
Paul M. on Rim Road Scenic Drive