The .65 mile Mesa Verde Trail is a steep connector trail. It comes up from the River Trail from two junctions.
NOTE: Horseback riding and mountain biking are not allowed on all sections of the Mesa Verde Trail.
Both meet up at the top of the Monkey Face climbing area.
The first junction is just past the backside of Asterisk Pass. It takes a right up the hill to go past the Mesa Verde Wall climbing area. Follow it to the base of Monkey Face.
The second junction is reached by staying along the River Trail, then taking a right at the sign for Mesa Verde/Summit Trails. The trail doubles back past the First Kiss climbing area before reaching the base of The Monkey.
From the base of Monkey Face go down the hill back towards the River Trail toward the first junction and continue on the trail until it descends to the river and back to the bridge.
See the TIP below for some more "up" time via the Misery Ridge Loop.
TIP: DO THE MISERY RIDGE LOOP
Want to make a loop with the ridge for some up close time with The Monkey? At the base of the Monkey, follow the stairs and switchbacks up the Misery Ridge Trail.
Once at the top follow it along the ridge until it descends down a steep scree path back to the bridge.
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