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Wilson Mesa Trail

Beginning Elevation: 8,200 Feet (2556.1 Meters)
Difficulty: More Difficult
Elevation Gain: 1,800 Feet (561.1 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 10,000 Feet (3117.2 Meters)
Length: 6.6 Miles (11.0 Kilometers)
Trail Number: 1800
Usage: Light

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General Description

This trail is located north of Meeker and south of Craig. The begins near the end of the Morapos Creek Road. The trail heads in an easterly direction through open meadows and aspen. After 1/2 mile, it drops into a fork of Morapos Creek and climbs up to a ridge top to the Wymore Lake Trail junction. The trail then drops into the main fork of Morapos Creek, crosses it, and again climbs a small ridge before dropping gradually into the east fork of Morapos Creek. After following this intermittent stream about 3/4 mile, the trail leaves the bottom and switchbacks up to a bald ridge, then through aspen stands to Wilson Mesa, approximately 3 1/2 miles from the origin. From Wilson Mesa, the Elkhead Mountains stand out to the north and Axial Basin to the west. The trail now turns south following the divide between Morapos Creek and Pine Creek for three miles emerging in the west end of Salt Park where it junctions with the Salt Park Trail #1114.

Directions from Meeker: Wilson Mesa Trial is located 46 miles north of Meeker. Drive north of Meeker on State Highway 13 for 34 miles to the Morapos Creek Road junction. Turn right and go 12 miles to the forest boundary. The Morapos Trailhead campground is 1/4 mile ahead on your left. The trailhead is 300 yards further at the end of the road. The Wilson Mesa Trail begins at the northwest corner of the parking lot.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: May through November (NOTE: Always open. Beware of severe Winter conditions.) .

Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Open Updated: 2000-05-26 18:02:00.0

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Recreation Opportunities
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Related Activities
Salt Park Trail - The Salt Park Trail begins at the end of the Morapos Creek Road, north of Meeker. It leads to Salt Park, north of Sleepy Cat Peak and links to a number of other trails.

Sleepy Cat General Forest Area - The Sleepy Cat area offers access to a number of four-wheel drive roads, trails, and hunting. It is located in the northwest portion of the Blanco Ranger District, northeast of Meeker.


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