Mesa Trail #13

MODERATE 4 reviews
#36 of 45 trails in

Mesa Trail #13 is a 5.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Kelly, New Mexico that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
5.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1683 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wildlife

rocky

hiking
1 month ago

Trailhead for counter-clockwise travel around this loop trail is along Water Canyon Rd after you cross the creek bed, and clearly marked. Trail is well marked by blazes and cairns and in good shape. Signs are few and it could use a few more. No water anywhere in September. It is easy to get on the optional loop if you aren’t paying attention. If you see one “TR13” sign followed by two more close together, you are on the optional loop. Go back and look for 2 cairns and a trail going downhill. The optional loop does offer some spectacular views of the plains below but so does the main loop, late. Don’t recommend a clockwise travel as you essentially climb a cliff near the start, rocky and very steep – not “moderate” by any means. This trailhead is unmarked, before the other one, left side of the road just after you cross a yellow cattle guard near a car camping area. Recommend looking at the Forest Service maps. https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/cibola/recarea/?recid=64634

6 months ago

Hard

8 months ago

Steep start. Easy trails. Great views.

Monday, June 22, 2015