It was a beautiful day and we were hanging out at the Visitor Center when a suggestion was made... “You should hike the Mesa View Trail so that you can have more information to give visitors about the trail.”
And that is how we wound up walking here...
At 3.8 miles, by most people’s standards, it is not a long trail. Shoot it only gains about 400 feet in elevation. But this is us we are talking about. We are not known to be hikers. We’re not even really known to be walkers if you take distance covered into account. We’re better known as strollers or, better yet, amblers. 3.8 miles is a half-marathon in our speak. But we said that we would and we do like to be informed informers. So, off we went.
This (bottom right corner triangle area) is a tumbleweed river (our name for it). Very cool. They blow off the top of the mesa and pile up in a river-like flow all the way down the slope. If you go two pictures up to the one where Darlene is sitting on the bench you can see it in the left hand side of that photo.
We made it to the top! Visitor center is pretty much dead center, shiny white roof slightly right is maintenance area, our home is behind big hill on right, trail is faint but curvy off to the left on top of ridge.
From the top trail there is a great view of the Sierra Ladrones. You can also see (just right of center and in front of the mountains) a silver colored area. This is where lizard research has been done. They were flying a simulated hawk predator over them and watching their resultant reactions and movements.
Not being the fastest of hikers we’re pretty sure we made it back to the visitor center just before the search party was sent out. The Mesa View Trail is a wonderful walk and worth doing if you are ever in the area.