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Riding Along the Rim of the Grand Mesa

Flowing Park to Point Peninsula
Sunday, August 4, 2019

After spending Saturday morning hiking to the summit of Red Mountain #2 and then going to a concert in the evening, we slept in a little later on Sunday morning before heading out for the day. It has been a while since we have gone on a mountain bike ride, so we decided to head up onto the Grand Mesa for a few hours with our bikes. After looking at a map we decided to give the Flowing Park Trail a try since it looked like there wouldn’t be too much elevation gain and that it would follow along the rim of the Grand Mesa for a while offering us distant views of the surrounding landscape. While I had hoped to ride the full loop when we started, we ended up turning around when we reached Point Peninsula and returning the way we had come. Even though we didn’t ride the entire loop, I do believe this was still our longest mountain bike ride ever, so there’s that. During the last few miles of the ride back to the trailhead we got caught in a storm and were soaked by the time we arrived back at my Jeep. It was a good time!

A view of the Flowing Park Reservoir from the trailhead.

Flowing Park Reservoir

Diane riding across the top of the Grand Mesa, which is considered the largest flat-topped mountain in the world.

Grand Mesa Riding

We left the Indian Park Trail and followed the Flowing Park Trail at this intersection.

Indian Point Trail Sign

Riding through a field of wildflowers. It turned out to be a real ‘wildflower ride!’

Mesa-Top Ride

Riding along the rim of the Grand Mesa offered us plenty of far-reaching views.

Riding The Rim

We hiked out to the rocky tip of Point Peninsula and had a snack while we enjoyed the view.

Point Peninsula

Looking west from Point Peninsula over to the Uncompahgre Plateau and Big Dominguez Canyon with the La Sal Mountains barely visible on the horizon.

Point Peninsula View

Spotlight on the rim of the Grand Mesa with storm clouds moving in. We heard a few rumbles of thunder while we were at the point and knew it was probably time we started heading back.

Edge of the Grand Mesa

Following the trail back along the rim.

Flowing Park Trail

Along The Rim

The wildflowers were abundant along the trail, so I stopped for a closer look.

Wildflower

Grand Mesa Wildflowers

Diane enters a grove of aspen trees ahead of me.

Into the Trees

During our ride back the clouds grew darker and filled the sky.

Incoming Storm

A Wildflower Ride

Back to the Flowing Park Loop intersection just before it started to rain.

Flowing Park Loop Sign

We rode through a rainstorm during the last few miles back to the trailhead and got soaked!

Riding In the Rain

When we reached my Jeep it started to rain even harder than it had been.

Out of the Rain

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