Marshall Mesa Valley Loop
ElevationAscent: 187' 57 m
Descent: -186' -57 m
High: 5,716' 1,742 m
Low: 5,532' 1,686 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (1°)
Max Grade: 19% (11°)
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“An easygoing, view-laden, and relaxing loop through a calm valley full of foliage and wildlife.”— Riley Ferrero
The trail is in open fields for a short while, before entering a more wooded area of pine trees. Along the upper leg of the trail is a bubbling creek and stunning views of the Flatirons and Marshall Valley, coupled with interesting and old plant life. Signs warning of coyotes are quite present throughout, so be sure to never let your dog or members of your running party wander where they shouldn't.
Along the midpoint of the upper leg is a fantastic opportunity to snag photos on a large, raised outcrop of trees and rock, which I found to be a great spot to stop and rest.
The crucial turn lays at the intersection of Marshall Mesa and Marshall Valley trails, where I turned sharply right onto the Marshall Valley in order to head back to the parking lot. This section is very flat and open, and a nice cool down after the more engaging sections of the loop.
The trail merges with the beginning section of the loop, and leads back to the parking lot, which is right across the highway (crosswalk provided) from a large convenience/novelty/gas station market.
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