Timber Mesa Trail #636

Trail Highlights: Conveniently located by the Lakeside Ranger Station and paved roads, Timber Mesa offers outdoor enthusiasts easy access to great views as well as sights of historical significance. Expect to gain about 300 feet elevation as you travel from the trailhead to the top of the mesa, where you will notice a difference in tree types from mainly juniper trees and some pinon at the trailhead to large ponderosa, Gambel’s oak, and manzanita at the top. The views from the top of the trail include glimpses of the commercial area including Walmart and hospital to the north and the lush green area created by the sanitary district to the west.

For history buffs, remnants from the past may also be found. From the west side of the parking lot by the Maverick Trail kiosk is an OHV road leading to two stone chimneys from a house built by settlers in the early 20th century. Signs beside the ruins detail an interesting history of the homestead and two prominent pioneer families.

Trail details

Distance: 7.5 miles

Difficulty: Hiking — Moderate Mountain Biking — Difficult Equestrian — Moderate

Trail Parking: Yes, accommodates trailers

Trail Access: From Lakeside Ranger District office travel south on Hwy 260 0.1 mile; turn left on Porter Mountain Road. Go 2.2 miles turn, right at Penrod and Porter Mountain Junction and continue on Porter Mountain Road for 0.1 mile to trailhead entry on the left.

Trailhead GPS: N34°18’314”, W109°96’281”

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