Broken Mesa Rim
The Broken Mesa Rim trail starts at the Mesa Rim trailhead that is reached via a short, ¼ mile access road off of the Cottonwood Road about 7.3 miles north of the Red Hills Parkway. The moderately difficult to strenuous, single-track, rocky (lava) trail is about 4.3 miles long and climbs about 435 feet to the top of Broken Mesa. The trail follows the rim south dropping about 710 feet to the junction with the Ice House trail with a total up and down elevation change of about 1450 feet. The first ½ mile of the route may be via either a dirt switchback trail or a pipeline road. The trail passes through terrain that is mostly burnt pinion/juniper habitat with a good deal of “cheat” grass. Overall, rough and rocky, lava rock substrate may be of concern to some equestrians or bikers. The trail does, however, offer excellent views of the Yellow Knolls, the Pine Valley Mountains, and surrounding areas. From the southern end of the Broken Mesa Rim trail, it is possible to ride or hike the upper section of the Ice House trail (about 3.5 miles long) to reach the Danish Ranch Road to the north and loop back to the Mesa Rim trailhead. Visitors may also choose to ride or hike the Ice House trail to the south and exit the area through the Middleton Powerline and Mill Creek trails to reach a vehicle parking trailhead. The trail lies entirely on lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management within the Red Cliffs NCA.