Piñon Mesa Ridge

Sunday Sprocket and I drove up to Grand Junction to do a bit of shopping. I wish I would have had the stroke of brilliance just another hour earlier but at about 2pm I decided I’d had enough of the “city” and decided to head for Piñon Mesa—the prominence point of Mesa County. As it turned out, the short mid-November day was too short to accommodate about 13 miles of snowy driving and the short, but partially off trail, hike to the summit. I’ll definitely be back though—I couldn’t believe how close the La Sals and the Abajos looked from here!

Road to Pinon Mesa

Grand Valley

Snow and sunshine

Sprocket

Even though we didn’t get to the summit, walking through the cold, crisp sunlight made my heart so happy. Spending some time outside with Sprocket doing a bit racing and laughing through the snow and a little quiet staring off in the distance was just what I needed.

View from Pinion Mesa ridge

Snow and sunshine

Late afternoon. Early winter.

Sprocket

Sunset over Grand Valley

4 thoughts on “Piñon Mesa Ridge”

  1. Nice photos! Never could have guessed I’d see anyone blogging about Pinon Mesa. Too obscure for most Colorado peakbaggers.

    I was there in 2006, when it was dry, May I think. Not the most exciting summit, but a pretty area.

    Good choice not to press on, would be a bummer to get the jeep stuck in snow, that far out.

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