West Bench Cross Country Ski


The West Bench Trail #501 begins at the information sign and travels southward where it crosses a wooden bridge over Mesa Creek. It intersects a natural road and heads northwest paralleling the road.  When the road ends the trail goes back to a single track and intersects a fence line. After passing through a rock slide and crossing a stream bed it enters an open meadow and then into aspen and spruce/fir. It continues on through meadows and spruce/fir forests, crossing a stream several times before ending at the forest boundary information sign.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: This trail is not groomed.
Open Season: December - April
Closest Towns: Mesa, CO

General Information


From Cedaredge, follow State Hwy 65 for approximately 21 miles to Mesa Lakes. The West Bench Trail #501 starts at the Trailhead across form Mesa Lakes Ranger Station.


Across from Mesa Lakes Ranger Station.  T.  11S.,  R.  96W.,  Sec.  34.  U.S.G.S. Map:  Skyway.


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  Area/Length : 
5.5 miles

  Elevation : 
9,800 feet