Love Mesa Bench #101


The Love Mesa Bench Trail #101 begins at the end of southern FSR #501.1A, South Bench Road, and ends at the northern end of FSR #501.1A, South Bench Road. This trail travels along the South Love Mesa Bench above the East Fork Escalante Creek drainage on the east. The Love Mesa is about the trail on the west. A combination of this trail, FSR #501, FSR #501.1A, and FSR #500 make about a 7.8 miles loop.

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At a Glance

Open Season: June
Usage: Light
Best Season: Summer
Restrictions: Open to hiking, horseback riding, mountain bikes, motorcycles, and OHVs less than 50" in width.
Closest Towns: Montrose, CO
Operated By: Ouray Ranger District

General Information


From Delta: Turn west on Highway 348, 6th Street. Travel west and south on HWY 348 for approximately 4 miles to 25 Mesa Road. Continue on 25 Mesa Road for approximately 18 miles the National Forest Boundary where 25 Mesa Road becomes Forest Service Road #503. Continue on FSR #503 for approximately 9.3 miles to FSR #402, Divide Road. Turn west onto FSR #402 and continue for approximately 12.8 miles to FSR #500, Love Mesa Road. Turn northeast on FSR #500 and travel for approximately 7.3 miles to FSR #501, Cabin Bench Road.  Follow FSR #501 for approximately 1.2 miles to the southern end of FSR #501.1A, South Bench Road. Continue for approximately 0.2 miles to the end of the road where the trail begins.


T. 49 N; R. 14 W; Section: 17. U.S.G.S. Map: Kelso Point. Elevation: 8,280 feet. Latitude: N38.51, Longitude: W-108.45.



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  Area/Length : 
3.4 miles

  Elevation : 
7,720 - 8,280 ft.