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About 2.5 miles round trip, this route includes an elevation gain of about five hundred feet from one end to the other. Take the trail directly opposite from the gift shop up onto the first ridge, then bear right and onto the remnants of an old power pole road. At the second, or higher of the two wooden pylons, the trail separates from the road and is marked with rocks painted white. this trail gives a good opportunity to see China Ranch and its physical setting from above.

The first rock on the trail painted with an asterisk marks the view of the ranch. the second such asterisk marks the location of a good view of the Amargosa River canyon, which can be reached by walking down the ridge which projects to the west. The main trail ends at the first steep grade coming down China Ranch Road. The return trip can either re-trace the trail, or simply walk down China Ranch Road. This provides one with a good opportunity to explore the old gypsum mines in the canyon.

Mesa Panorama small
Mesa Trail panorama.  Click the above photo to open a larger view in a separate window.