“A short but satisfying loop around the mesa to end with some flow lines.”
— Michael Linde
You can ride up the truck road and the Mesa Trail Loop is very easy. Going up the singletrack side is more challenging.
Watch for rattlesnakes in the early morning/late afternoon hours!
A short, steep climb to the top of the mesa with views of Pike's Peak and Castle Rock while riding the perimeter of an old rhyolite quarry. Return down through the flow trails into Rhyolite Park.
Start in the Rhyolite Park parking lot, ride the paved trail to reach the Madge Trail
. Turn left to follow the singletrack as it works its way to the mesa above. Once on top, it's easier to travel clockwise and enjoy the views as you keep climbing. At the southwest corner, the grade begins to gently head down to a sandy section of curvy trail before returning back along the edge.
Riding the mesa in the opposite direction involves a more challenging climb through the sandy section. But, turning around when you return to the intersection is a great way to add some mileage before continuing down. Whether you do just the one loop, or add the reverse loop, head down the Quarry Mesa Access Road
and then hang a left on the Access Road Connector
Riders will briefly find themselves on a paved path that allows access to the Bike Park Entrance Trail
by a short connector. Follow this up to reach any of the three flow lines that descend to the corral. You may even want to try them all, or the nearby jump lines before calling it quits and heading back to the parking lot.
History & Background
Quarry Mesa is an old rhyolite quarry. Rhyolite is a rock much like sandstone but when the rock chips they break on sharp lines. They were used in building construction early on in Castle Rock.