Volunteers sought to finish Grand Mesa trail

Volunteers are needed to finish a final stretch of a trail on Grand Mesa, the culmination of a two-year effort.

The Mesa Top trail, which is currently seven-and-a-half miles long and intended to connect Colorado Highway 65 with the recently completed Flowing Park trail, needs less than another mile to be finished, according to a release from the Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association, or COPMOBA.

“The trail skirts natural ponds, sneaks along a narrow hidden bench and bursts out onto the very edge of Grand Mesa with unparalleled views of the Elk and San Juan mountain ranges,” the release says.

COPMOBA and others are targeting Aug. 9 and Aug. 10 as work days. No experience is necessary, while tools and team leaders will be provided by COPMOBA. Bring sturdy shoes, gloves, eye protection, long pants or shin guards. Pack a lunch, bring water, sunscreen, insect repellent and extra clothing.

They’ll meet at Flowing Park Reservoir between 8:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. From Grand Junction, take Interstate 70 east and then exit 49. Take Highway 65 for 31 miles and look for the Mesa Top trailhead just past the Lands End Road intersection.

A campout is planned the night of Aug. 9 for interested parties.

Call Dan at 270-8575 for more information.


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