ElevationAscent: 198' 60 m
Descent: -160' -49 m
High: 4,706' 1,434 m
Low: 4,523' 1,378 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 16% (9°)
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“Excellent, scenic, slickrock singletrack.”— Condor77 77
The trail tops out and then travels toward Mescal Mountain, a gigantic red sandstone butte. The meat of the route is a traverse on the southern side along a long continuous slickrock ledge.
After some smooth red dirt, there's one big push onto the first section of slickrock. Once on the sandstone surface you'll run along a fairly level elevation, occasionally going up down or around short sections of steps or boulders.
As Mescal Trail rounds the butte on the west end, the view becomes breathtaking into Boynton Canyon. Take in the scenery before a descent to the end of the trail. Turn right here to access Deadmans Pass, or bear left to connect to Aerie.
Land Manager: USFS - Coconino National Forest Office
Jun 6, 2019: Travel, smoke impacts expected from Coldwater Fire
Jun 4, 2019: Rain slows progression of Coldwater Fire