West Mesa

MODERATE 11 reviews
#10 of 33 trails in

West Mesa is a 5.1 mile loop trail located near Descanso, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is accessible year-round.

5.1 miles
623 feet


trail running


wild flowers

no dogs

29 days ago

Great hike, nice views, well marked by signs, and parking was easy. I do have to warn that a swarm of bees have made a home inside the engine. I sat down for maybe 3 seconds before noticing them beginning to pour out.

11 months ago

Great views and lots of green this time of year.

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Hiked this Labor Day 2016 with a group of friends. Cool hike with amazing views of Cuyamaca Peak and Stonewall Peak along with other scenic views. We hiked the loop via Airplane Monument Trail and racked up 5.38 miles! Airplane Monument atop was worth the hike to honor the fallen U.S. servicemen

Monday, March 14, 2016

Hiked a lot of this trail and then turned up to Cuyamaca Peak. Very scenic, nice hike.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Nice trail with good views and a lot of wildflowers at the moment. I do want to warn about a large obstacle on the trail. There's a large fallen tree across the trail about half a mile southwest of the Fern Flat Fire Rd. junction. If you're not particularly nimble you may want to detour around this section of the trail. It's only a few tenths of a mile longer to take this detour: going counterclockwise, continue up Fern Flat Fire Rd. to the next junction and take a left on what may be called Fir Trail, but should definitely say "To West Mesa Trail". On a map of park the detour is pretty obvious.

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Pretty hike with lots of pretty flowers and lady bugs. Didn't get to summit Cuyamaca peak but I enjoyed the hike.

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