This trail provides trail access to the lower portions of Taylor Mesa. The trail follows Loading Pen Canyon for a short way before climbing a ridgeline to the west and going to the Taylor Mesa Rim. The trail passes through ponderosa pine, oakbrush, and aspen while climbing steeply to the rim and joining with road 201 on Taylor Mesa. This trail is named for loading pens and chutes where livestock was loaded on the old railroad. Remains of these can be seen across Hwy. 145 near the Dolores River from the trail beginning.
Directions from Stoner, Colorado: Travel about 2.0 miles north on Colorado State Hwy 145 to trailhead.
Summer through Fall .