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West Mesa Loop

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Length

6.7 Miles 10.8 Kilometers

89%

Runnable

Elevation

1,000' 305 m

Ascent

-1,001' -305 m

Descent

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

20%

Max Grade (11°)

5,205' 1,586 m

High

4,300' 1,311 m

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A nice introduction to the joys of Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.

Matthew Kidd

Overview [Suggest Changes]

This is a loop that follows the West Mesa Fire Road and West Mesa Trail, exploring several features of Cuyamaca Rancho State Park. Though you are running on a road for 60% of the loop, it doesn't feel that way because it is a narrow dirt road.
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The loop begins at the base of Arrowmakers Ridge, where archaeologists discovered thousands of late prehistoric projectile points. Airplane Monument is at 1.7 miles, just west of the road at the information symbol, halfway into a gentle rise. The monument is a Liberty 12-cylinder aircraft engine mounted on stones, from a DH-4B biplane that crashed on December 7, 1922, killing both the pilot and his traveling companion.

About 0.1 miles beyond the monument, the trail reverses direction, ascending Airplane Ridge on the southwest edge of the loop, and offering good views of the park.

At 3.2 miles, the fire road peters out, though Burnt Pine Fire Rd continues northwest. Ignore this road and continue northeast along a singletrack and through often tall grasses. At 4.5 mile, pickup West Mesa Fire Road again to complete the loop.

This run is best done in spring or early summer when the vegetation is most verdant.

Flora & Fauna [Suggest Changes]

Stellar’s jays, scrub jays, acorn woodpeckers, black-headed grossbeak, and lazuli bunting.

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