June 7, 2014
This trail is actually a system of 3 trails at the time of this review. The trail around the Lake is about 7.5 miles, the trail going up the Mesa Loop is about 2 miles of constant climbing, and the Mesa Loop is about 3.5 miles of wooded bliss, with some rock outcroppings over on the back-side. I even came across a couple of Caribou on the back -side of the loop. The Mesa Loop is quite flat and an easy ride once you get up there. Getting there is a challenge for the out-of-towner who isn't used to the altitude. It turned into a hike-a-bike going up the connect trail. The local map/signs show another section of the trail system that we didn't find to be built just yet. The Loop around the Lake itself is well described by others here and is quite a bit of fun. You can get back to the parking lot with using the Fisherman's Trail, just stay on the Grindstone Trail and it will get you there. I found lots of horse poop on the Mesa Loop which is disappointing. Why can't they ride elsewhere, or clean up behind themselves?