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Indian Mesa Trail

Easy/Intermediate
 2.0 (3)

An unexciting out-and-back dirt road; adds a few miles if you're already out at Rabbit Mountain.


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2.3

Miles

3.6

KM

93%

Runnable

5,748' 1,752 m

High

5,493' 1,674 m

Low

250' 76 m

Up

269' 82 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

17%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Runner Notes

A smooth, dirt doubletrack/road with no shade. Definitely opt for the singletrack trails in the area if given the choise.

Description

Be ready for a potentially hot and dry run as you head up and down this wide, smooth doubletrack/dirt road into the Little Thompson River Valley. The wide dirt path starts with an unrelenting uphill that will get your heart pumping as you climb to the ridgeline.

After that, you'll be rewarded with a nice cruiser downhill, but don't get too comfortable. You'll reach a gate which marks the turnaround point. Beyond this gate is private property so if you choose to run this far, your only option is to turn around and head back up the hill the way you came. There are some Initial views west of Mount Meeker and Long's Peak and views north of Berthoud and into Larimer County that make this trail more pleasant.

Flora & Fauna

Mule deer and coyotes. Birds such as magpies, meadowlarks, robins, bluebirds, sparrows, wrens, and hawks. Rattlesnakes in the summer.

A great variety of plants with the highlights being prickly poppies, locoweed, asters, larkspur, coral bells, and sage. Some ponderosa pine and juniper up on the hillside.

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Shared By:

Kristen Arendt

Trail Ratings

  2.0 from 3 votes

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#2,931

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Photos

Rabbit Mountain Open Space
Mar 9, 2015 near Lyons, CO
Abundant wildflowers along the trail in early summer.
Jun 3, 2016 near Lyons, CO
Snowy peaks in the distance from this well-placed bench.
Jun 3, 2016 near Lyons, CO
Views south down the front range foothills.
Jun 3, 2016 near Lyons, CO
Good views of the high peaks in the west.
Jun 3, 2016 near Lyons, CO
Lots of wildflowers in the meadows near the parking area.
Jun 3, 2016 near Lyons, CO

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