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Triangle Mesa from Cactus Park

Dominguez Canyon Wilderness | Sunday, June 18, 2023

After spending Saturday floating through The Chute of Muddy Creek, I was originally planning to spend Sunday morning hiking in the Raggeds Wilderness of the Elk Mountains. However, once I realized that Colorado Highway 133 was still closed before Somerset and didn’t feel like driving the long way around, I cancelled those plans. Instead, I decided to stay closer to home and went for a morning hike to the summit of Triangle Mesa in the Dominguez Canyon Wilderness.

I woke up early on Sunday morning and made my way over to the southern end of Cactus Park at sunrise to start the hike.

Cactus Park Morning

Cactus Park Road

Cactus Park Road

Once I reached the Cactus Park Trailhead I started hiking into the Dominguez Canyon Wilderness.

Dominguez Canyon Wilderness Sign

The trail followed the southern edge of Triangle Canyon as the canyon grew deeper.

Across the Canyon

When I reached the ridge separating Triangle Canyon from Big Dominguez Canyon, I walked over to the Big Dominguez Canyon Overlook for a hazy view into the lower part of the canyon.

Hazy Big Dominguez Canyon

Big Dominguez Canyon Overlook

Big Dominguez Canyon Overlook

As I followed the ridge between the two canyons I had good views into both of them along the way.

Triangle Canyon

Here’s a hazy view over lower Triangle Canyon to the Grand Mesa on the horizon.

Grand Mesa View

I was hoping to climb right up Triangle Mesa from the west side, but it was a little too steep and loose for me, so I hiked around to the east side and found an easier way up.

Triangle Mesa

A little arch I stumbled across as I looked for a route up Triangle Mesa.

Boulder Arch

As I climbed to the top I had a nice view over upper Big Dominguez Canyon.

Upper Big Dominguez Canyon View

Upper Big Dominguez Canyon

The view from the summit of Triangle Mesa wasn’t too bad, either.

Triangle Mesa Summit View

The Dry Fork of Big Dominguez Canyon

Dry Fork

Following the trail along the narrowest part of the ridge between the two canyons on my way back.

Across the Ridge

Cactus Flower

Cactus Flower

Here’s one final view over lower Triangle Canyon as I made my way back to the trailhead.

Lower Triangle Canyon

I’m glad I had started this hike early since it was getting pretty warm out during my hike back to the trailhead. Plus, the cedar gnats and deerflies were out and starting to bother me whenever I stopped moving. I think this is probably going to be my final desert hike of the season until things start cooling off again in the fall. Now it’s time to start getting back into the mountains!

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One Comment

  1. Fred Morris
    Fred Morris June 22, 2023

    Beutiful photos

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