Trail Name: Nyswonger Mesa Trail
Best Use: Mountain Biking, Hiking
Best Time for Use: Biking and Hiking – Spring, Summer, Fall.
Difficulty: Mountain Biking – Intermediate to Expert , Hiking – Intermediate
Length: 8.4 miles (13.5 km) from drop off on Hwy 90 back to Bedrock.
Start Elevation: 6,000 ft (1,829 m) Maximum Elev Gain and Loss from Start Elev: 1,500 ft, (457 m)gain – 2,420 ft. (738 m)loss
Trail Surface and Use: A lightly used and abandoned 2-track. Some bushwhacking up steep terrain. Note: Requires at least two to negotiate the second lift up the west buttress of Nyswonger Mesa.
Trail Head Access: Suitable for 2WD auto
Trail Head Coordinates: 675,570E; 4,247,320N UTM WGS84 Zone12
Best Feature: Exploration of hard to access Nyswonger Mesa and its western approach. Great views across the Paradox Valley and to the east into the Dolores River Canyon. Steep and technical decent back to Bedrock and Hwy 90.
Caution: No water is available. Map reading and wilderness riding skills are highly recommended.