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LOCATION One mile east of the last motels on Highway 24 you will find a turn-out on the north side of the road. Park here and go about 100 yards to the foothill where the trail begins. TRAIL TYPE This trail is for hiking only. DISTANCE This map takes you 2.1 miles, (3.4 km). on the hike, but you can continue to follow the rim as it winds west. Elevation at the trailhead is 6431 ft. with a total gain of 836 ft. DIFFICULTY Moderate Cooks Mesa is a relatively easy trail with some parts being moderately difficult. DESCRIPTION The trail follows the bench along the rim and consists of mostly rock, gravel, some short sections of sand.
EQUIPMENT No extra equipment is required to do this hike. ENVIRONMENT The best time of year to do this hike is summer and fall. SAFETY Be mindful of any ice in winter months as it will make the trail difficult and dangerous. TRAIL TIP Though this hike is beautiful anytime, we recommend you do this hike at sunrise in the warmer months. Winter hikers should be mindful of ice in shaded areas.
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