Kitchen Mesa Trail

Carson National Forest, New Mexico

Elevation Gain1,372ft
Trailhead Elevation6,523ft
Elevation Min/Max6510/7108ft
Elevation Start/End6523/6523ft

Kitchen Mesa Trail

Kitchen Mesa Trail is a hiking trail in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico. It is within Carson National Forest. It is 1.9 miles long and begins at 6,523 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,372 feet.

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100 Hikes in New Mexico (The Mountaineers Books)
Craig Martin
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"The Ghost Ranch area, with its naked redrock landscape, is more characteristic of northern Arizona or southern Utah than it is of New Mexico. The brick-red mudstones of the Chinle Formation—massive river delta deposits from the age of the early dinosaurs—dominate Ghost Ranch. Above the Chinle are soaring cliffs of yellow-brown Entrada Sandstone capped by gray lake deposits of the Todilto Formation. The trip to the top of Kitchen Mesa takes hikers into the heart of this wilderness of stone, leading to breathtaking views of rocks, cliffs, and Abiquiu Lake to the south."

Kitchen Mesa Trail Trip Reports

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GREAT hike! The description is absolutely accurate - you do hike along a creek then come to a bit of bouldering, finally reaching the box canyon. It is a wonderful, rewarding hike. The hike up to the Camp leads to some beautiful views, very much worth the effort (it's a bit steep at times).

Don't forget your bug spray!! There are fleas in the area carrying plague. We doused ourselves in bug spray and had no problems.
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Box canyon was superb. The waterfall was running! Ghost Ranch no longer allows access to Mesa Montosa due to falling shale. We tried to find it anyway but to no avail.

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Trail Information

Carson National Forest
Nearby City
Carson National Forest
Skill Level
USGS Ghost Ranch
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