West Bench Trail

OutAndBack • 7 mi • 0 ft

The Grand Mesa region is a mecca for snowmobilers, cross-country skiers, and snowshoers. Literally hundreds of miles of trails run all across this giant flat-top mountain. Many of these trails are shared by all types of winter enthusiasts, and they are often very crowded, so solitude is rare. However, there are several areas where snowmobiles are not allowed. Some of these trail networks, such as Skyway, County Line, and Ward Lake have groomed trails for nordic skiers and snowshoers. In fact, cross-country skiers and snowshoers account for more visits to Grand Mesa than snowmobilers. The Grand Mesa Nordic Council maintains the trail systems and can provide information about them. The maintained trail systems attract 8,000 to 10,000 skiers every year. There are also some excellent unmaintained backcountry trails on Grand Mesa. The most popular is West Bench Trail 501. About an hour from Grand Junction is a scenic area with plenty of activities available; and no snowmobile traffic is allowed to compete for the trail. The trail is rated for intermediate skiers and snowshoers. West Bench Trail is a ridgeline route with a nearly constant series of small to moderate rolling hills. The trail is marked with both Forest Service tree patches and occasional signage.
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Activity Type: Cross-Country Skiing
Nearby City: Grand Junction
Length: 7 total miles
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Intermediate
Duration: 3 hours to full day
Trailhead Elevation: 9,870 feet
Local Contacts: Grand Mesa National Forest
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