A high altitude out-and-back to "Overview Point", or the "backdoor" to the popular Chicago Basin / Highland Mary Lakes areas. A high altitude out-and-back, or the "backdoor" to the popular Chicago Basin / Highland Mary Lakes areas. Trail climbs across the upper contours of a sloped mesa that ends at the south ridgelines of the Chicago Basin. At the Lime Mesa trail's end is a great "Overview Point" which gives a view to several of the 14'ers in the heart of the San Juan Mtns. The trail keeps mainly to open treeless alpine meadows at the upper end, after passing through a few alpine spruce / fir groves near the trailhead.
Lime Mesa is a 7.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Durango, CO that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and horses and is accessible from June until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.
dog friendly hiking horseback riding views