Timber Mesa Trailhead

Area Status: Open
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Timber Mesa is a good trail of moderate difficulty just a short drive from Lakeside Ranger Station.

At a Glance

Usage: Medium
Best Season: Early spring to mid winter
Water: No
Restroom: No
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Be sure to pack plenty of sunscreen and water as there is little shade in the pinon-juniper.
 

General Information

Directions:

From Lakeside Ranger Station drive 0.2 miles on State Highway 260 towards McNary. Turn left on Porter Mountain Road (Forest Road 45). Drive 2.2 miles. Turn left at the cattle guard. Drive 75 yards to the cindered trailhead on the right.
 


General Notes:
  • Moderate for hiking
  • Moderate for horses
  • Difficult for bikes

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Day Hiking

Timber Mesa is a good trail of moderate difficulty just a short drive from Lakeside Ranger Station. The six mile trail has just a few steep climbs. The natural surface of the trail is volcanic rock, which makes for interesting bike riding.

The trail begins with a short climb to the top of Timber Mesa. The first half meanders along the edge of Timber Mesa, with good views of the meadows and Jaques Marsh below. The trail then drops off of the mesa and returns to the trailhead along an old fire road. As you are approaching the trailhead on the fire road, watch for the twin chimneys on your right. The chimneys and foundations are all that remain of the Jaques Ranch.

One of the interesting things about this trail is that it passes through several distinct ecotypes. On top of the mesa it moves in and out of ponderosa pine and manzanita scrub. Below the mesa one mainly finds pinon-juniper woodland.

 

USGS Maps: Lakeside

Elevation desc 6,640-6,960 feet
Best Season: Early spring to mid winter
Difficulty Level: Moderate

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Location

 
  Latitude : 
34.1844

  Longitude : 
-109.9633972

  Elevation : 
6,640 feet - 6,960 feet

 



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