Trails

 

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The GMNC maintains and grooms 54 kilometers (32.4 miles) of ski trails at three different trail systems on the Grand Mesa: Skyway, County Line, and Ward.

Skyway Trail System

Skyway offers pristine skate skiing and many challenging routes. All trails are groomed for both classic and skate skiing, and the Skyway warming hut is located just 100 yards from the trailhead. It is the staging area for kids and adult lessons as well as Nordic ski races; therefore, dogs are discouraged on the Skyway trails. You can enjoying skiing with your dog at County Line, Ward, or any of the other many trails on the Grand Mesa. The Skyway Trail System is connected to County Line via two trails, Scales Lake and Kannah Crossing. Both crossings traverse the snowmobile trail to Electric Mountain Lodge. Please exercise caution when crossing the snowmobile corridor.

County Line Trail System

County Line is a favorite area for families, skijors, and dogs. All trails are groomed for both classic and skate skiing. Many families choose to use County Line because of the safe parking and the ease of skiing the relatively flat Tower Trail. You can ski from County Line to the Skyway system via either Scales Lake or Kannah Crossing. The snowmobile corridor that bisects Scales and Kannah Crossings marks the boundary for skiing with your dog.

Ward Trail System

Ward offers fantastic classic skiing as well as access to the best backcountry skiing of the three trailheads. The main Ward Trail climbs almost 1000 feet over 5.5 kilometers from the south to the north trailhead. Numerous signed backcountry routes offer un-groomed, pristine skiing as well as outstanding views. Dogs are welcome. The system can be accessed either from the north trailhead (off of the Grand Mesa Visitor’s Center road, just east of the Center) or the south trailhead (off of highway 65 on the Cedaredge side). The system offers both groomed and backcountry trails through beautiful aspen and pine forests. The vertical terrain includes some hillsides perfect for Telemark skiers looking for turns.

Snowshoeing

The best trails for snowshoeing on the Grand Mesa are at Mesa Lakes, Griffith Lakes, and Ward Lake. In addition, Skyway now has one designated 2 km trail for snowshoeing.

We encourage you to enjoy the pleasures of snowshoeing off-trail. If you snowshoe on the groomed trails, please walk single file to the side of the trail to prevent collisions with skiers and avoid damaging the set classic tracks. In soft conditions, snowshoes create deep holes in the trail that can create a safety hazard to skiers. Look behind you to see what kind of tracks you’re leaving, and act accordingly.

Snowbikes

The Unite States Forest Service (USFS) prohibits snowbikes on the Skyway, County Line, and Ward Trail Systems. Snowbikes, also known as fat bikes, are typically allowed on snow packed roads and snowmobile trails.

Please check with the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forest Service Office to determine where snowbikes are allowed:

2777 Crossroads Blvd, Suite 1
Grand Junction, CO 81506
970-242-8211