Eastern Mojave Vegetation Mesa Top Trail, Jefferson County, Colorado  
 

Tom Schweich  

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 Crosses the top of North Table Mountain, from west to east.

Other articles:
• North Table Loop:   at Mesa Top Trl;

Locations: North Table Mountain Park.  

Junction: North Table Loop

Other articles:
• Field Notes:  Wednesday, June 1st;   Coll. No. 1502, 12 Jul 2016;
Full Size ImageDouglas Fir above the Mesa Top Trail
Full Size ImageColl. No. 1502, Pseudotsuga menziesii “Douglas Fir”  

Douglas Fir tree above the trail.

Other articles:
• Field Notes:   20 Jul 2015;
Full Size ImageMesa Top Trail on North Table Mountain.  

Trail turns east in a small canyon.

Other articles:
• Field Notes:  Coll. No. 1237, 20 Jul 2015;
Full Size ImageColl. No. 1237, Elymus canadensis  

Elymus canadensis

Other articles:
• Field Notes:   20 Jul 2015;  Coll. No. 1236, 20 Jul 2015;
Full Size ImageMuch of North Table Mountain is closed due to sensitive resources.
Full Size ImageRadio tower on North Table Mountain  

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Habitat of Coll. No. 1236, Monarda pectinata
 

Other articles:
• “Tilting Mesa Cut-Off”:   at Mesa Top Trl;
• Field Notes:   20 Jul 2015;

Locations: North Table Mountain.
Full Size ImageTrail closed due to high water in pond.  

Junction: “Tilting Mesa Cut-Off” a formerly unnamed trail between radio tower and pond to Tilting Mesa Trail, but now it has become a segment of the Mesa Top Trail.


Note: This segment of the trail is closed below.

Other articles:
• Field Notes:   Coll. No. 1500, 12 Jul 2016;   Coll. No. 1500.1, 12 Jul 2016;   Coll. No. 1500.2, 12 Jul 2016;   Coll. No. 1960, 21 Jun 2018;
Full Size ImageColl. No. 1500.1, Hordeum pusillum
Full Size ImageColl. No. 1500.2, Verbena bracteata  

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Coll. No. 1960, Ranunculus sceleratus
Trail skirts north side of pond. Location of Coll. No. 1500.1, Hordeum pusillum, Coll. No. 1500.2, Verbena bracteata.

Other articles:
• Field Notes:   20 Jul 2015;
Full Size ImagePond near Mesa Top Trail.  

Pond

Other articles:
• Tilting Mesa Trail:   at Mesa Top Trl;  

Note: This segment of the trail is closed above.

Junction: Tilting Mesa Trail

  Junction: Rim Rock Trail

Other articles:
• Cottonwood Canyon Trail:   at Mesa Top;   near Mesa Top Trl;
• Field Notes:   8 Nov 2015;
Full Size ImageJunction of Cottonwood Canyon Trail with Mesa Top Trail  

Junction: Cottonwood Canyon Trail

Other articles:
• Field Notes:   8 Nov 2015;  

Near the junction with the Cottonwood Canyon Trail.

Other articles:
• Field Notes:   Coll. No. 1804, 7 May 2018;
Full Size ImageLocation of Coll. No. 1804, Juncus sp.  

Mesa Top Trail crosses watercourse on planks.

Other articles:
• Field Notes:  Coll. No. 1137, 9 Jun 2015;
Full Size ImageHabitat of Coll. No. 1137, Lupinus argenteus
Full Size ImageColl. No. 1137, Lupinus argenteus var. argenteus  

Habitat of Coll. No. 1037, Lupinus argenteus.

Other articles:
• Field Notes:  Tuesday, June 9th;
Full Size ImageUpper part of Mesa Top Trail.  

 
  Junction: Rim Rock Trail, east.
 
The trail was closed because of washout from September 2013 storms. It has since re-opened.

Full Size ImageWaterfall beside Mesa Top Trail.  
Waterfall at rim of mesa.

Full Size ImageMesa Top Trail where it was formerly washed out.  
Mesa Top Trail in May 2018 after repair.

Other articles:
• Field Notes:  Tuesday, June 9th;
Full Size ImageMesa Top Trail just below the washout.  

View upwards across the washout to closure.

Other articles:
• Field Notes:  Tuesday, June 9th;  Coll. No. 1138, 9 Jun 2015;   Coll. No. 1803, 7 May 2018;
• Glossary:  petiolule;
Full Size ImageColl. No. 1803, Medicago lupulina.
Full Size ImageEasley Road area seen from Mesa Top Trail.  

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Habitat of Coll. No. 1138, Phacelia heterophylla
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Coll. No. 1803, Medicago lupulina
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Coll. No. 1803, Medicago lupulina
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Coll. No. 1803, Medicago lupulina
Location of Coll. No. 1803, Medicago lupulina.

Other articles:
• Field Notes:  Coll. No. 1140, 9 Jun 2015;
Full Size ImageColl. No. 1140, Aristida purpurea
Full Size ImageColl. No. 1140, Aristida purpurea var. longiseta  

Aristida purpurea, determination tentative.

Other articles:
• Field Notes:   22 May 2017;
Full Size ImageMesa Top Trail, on east side of North Table Mountain.
Full Size ImageOld road on the side of North Table Mountain.  

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North Table Loop from the Mesa Top Trail
View up the trail, just below the switchback.

Other articles:
• Field Notes:  Coll. No. 1141, 9 Jun 2015;
Full Size ImageColl. No. 1141, Astragalus drummondii
Full Size ImageInflorescence of Coll. No. 1141, Astragalus drummondii  

 

Other articles:
• Field Notes:  Tuesday, June 9th;
Full Size ImageLower end of North Table Mountain  

Inside the barrier at the lower end of the Mesa Top Trail.

Other articles:
• North Table Loop:   at Mesa Top Trl;  

Junction: North Table Loop, east.

 

 

   

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