Explore the most popular trails near Mesa with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.


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mountain biking
1 month ago

Flowing LAVA Trail: the farther you get on the trail, the more lava that is ON the trail. Need I say more!

2 months ago

Very nice, well-marked trail. Beautiful snowy afternoon. Would be good all four seasons.

Great Hike! Went with my boyfriend & our puppy. We didn’t bring cash for parking so we had to walk and extra .5 miles to get to the trail. We went end of September as the leaves were changing and it was gorgeous!!

off road driving
6 months ago

A great afternoon adventure. Lots of beautiful views and wildlife at the top.

this is better in winter

collared lizards. waterfall- granite shelf. petroglyphs

Have hiked this a few times and have enjoyed myself every time!! The lake is down this year, but remains breathtakingly beautiful!!

scenic driving
6 months ago

Go to the observatory, great views! Bathrooms.

on Mesa Lakes Trail

6 months ago

Not marked well. Views are nice.

Great trail, moderately steep in a few parts but nothing too difficult. Good for new hikers and kids too!

Beautiful hike! The lake wasn’t the best for fishing, but the hike was amazing!

Extremely easy walk.
Bring your bug spray and sunscreen.

Very easy walk.
Beautiful scenery.
Be ready for LOTS of bugs during the summer.

Great Trail! Aspens are just starting to turn yellow. Only saw probably 10 people. Virtually zero mosquitoes for us. Gorgeous views. Trail head was easy to access. Took us about 1h45m with stopping and having a snack at Lost Lake. Highly recommend

This makes for a lovely walk on snowshoes. You can rent them from the lodge, if they are open. It's super quiet in the winter, for the most part.

7 months ago

Pretty hike, but a like over rated. It's not really anything spectacular.

My kids 7-16 and I hiked this trail about 3 weeks ago. The trail was great but the mosquitoes almost carried us away!

Easy to follow trail to a beautiful destination.

Phenomenal discoveries around every bend.

off road driving
8 months ago

Not the most technical trail but the views are hard to beat! Great way to beat the heat in the summer as well when it's 100+ in Grand Junction.

Nice little hike. The mosquitos were out in full force though. Waded into the lake at the end to cool off a bit. We ended parking near the shoreline trail because parking wasn’t clear for this trail, then walked over to meet up with Lost Lake trail. Overall enjoyable!

8 months ago

My wife and I took her sister and her three kids (8, 10 and 12) to do this trail in July of 2018. We ended up splitting the hike into two portions. We did the loop around Mesa Lake first then broke for lunch at the picnic area. After lunch we went back and did a small portion of the loop trail to get back to the intersection for the Lost Lake trail. The lake loop trail was very easy. The trail to lost lake involved a little more elevation gain to get to Lost Lake but was definitely worth it! We were the only ones on the hike and only two fisherman were at Lost Lake when we got there. It was a beautiful day with some clouds and a nice breeze to make the 70 degree temps feel even better. There were tons of wildflowers in bloom too that made the hike that much more enjoyable. Having done multiple hikes on the Mesa before we knew to load up on mosquito spray. It came in handy as there were a few spots along the hike where they were pretty thick.

One note that might be important to others looking to do this hike. The directions that All Trails gives to the trailhead will put you on the trail but not where the map shows the trailhead. The All Trails starting point is a free parking area where the actual trailhead as shown on the map is inside the Mesa National Forest Mesa Lakes picnic and camping area which is a fee area ($6 self pay at the entrance).

8 months ago

Beautiful short hike. Bug spray is highly recommended.

Loved this hike! We missed the turn off to go up to lost lake and ended up walking the perimeter of south Mesa lake before we realized. Also beautiful! We eventually walked back and found the correct trail to get up there. Was pretty easy. Has a few places to stop off to rest on the way up. We went last September and the trees were all yellow! Definitely recommend around that time.

8 months ago

Had a great day today on the Mesa

Easy trail with more than a few mosquitoes but it got better as the trail went on. very nice views of the lake. there were some trees down on the trail .

Download the map beforehand. The trail is not well marked and it would be very easy to get lost.
Fantastic views, and good clean mountain air. There's nothing better.
Use a good bug spray and apply it liberally.
If you use the cheap stuff, the mosquitoes and knats consider it a seasoning.

scenic driving
9 months ago

Wonder views and a very scenic drive. Wanted to hike a few trails but snow is still covering the trails that I wanted to hike

10 months ago

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