Trail Name: Martin Mesa Cyn Trail
Best Use: Hiking
Best Time for Use: Spring, Summer, Fall
Difficulty: Intermediate icon-intermediate
Length: 4.8 miles (7.8 km) out and back from the trailhead
Start Elevation: 5,560 ft (1,695 m) Maximum Elev: 1,440 ft, (440 m) gain – 0 ft. (0 m) loss
Trail Surface and Use: Sandy ephemeral stream bottom. Rarely used.
Trail Head Access: Suitable for 2WD, good clearance auto in dry weather. 4WD in poor weather.
Trail Head Coordinates: 659,800 E; 4,250,900 N UTM Zone 12 WGS84
Best Feature: A good exposure to “Canyoneering” on a small scale. Trail furthest out point provides fantastic views of the Paradox Valley.
Cautions: Few – be careful during times of strong thunderstorms.

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Description: From the trailhead, follow the drainage upstream. A small 8 ft (2.4 m) rock ledge in the creek bottom about 0.75 mi (1,200 m) from the trailhead requires diverting out of the drainage bottom or a boost up to get around. At the high point, panoramic views into the Paradox Valley and the La Sal Mountains are possible. Last 0.25 miles (200 m) to the high point is through a grid of historic, abandoned mineral exploration drill roads.

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