Brins Mesa to Overlook Trail

Summary: A hike up to a beautiful mesa, then on to an overlook with red rock views all around

Challenge Level:  Moderate

Hiking Distance:  From the parking lot to the edge of Brins Mesa you'll hike 1.5 miles. If you hike to the scenic overlook, you'll hike another 0.7 mile, for a total round trip of about 4.4 miles

Trailhead Directions:  From the "Y" (the intersection of State Route 179 and State Route 89A), go north to Jordan Road. Turn left on Jordan Road and drive to the end. Turn left and proceed to the cul de sac and continue straight on the dirt road. You'll come to the parking lot after another 1/2 mile.


In January 2009, we hiked Brins Mesa. The land is recovering from the 2006 fire very nicely. When we reached the mesa after climbing up 550 feet, we followed the right trail about 0.7 mile and climbed up on a large rock formation for a scenic view of Mormon Canyon to the east and red rock views all around. It was magnificent! Total elevation gain from the parking lot to the scenic overlook is about 1000 feet.

Here's a link to a video from our January 2011 hike (



Click on the photos below for a bigger view



Here are photos from our February 2012 hike: 

Here are photos from other hikes to the Overlook

Guest Photos: Here's a photo taken by Lou Camp of a "balancing rock" located just below the Overlook 

For those of you who have a GPS unit, I have GPS data available for the hike which include "tracks," the route and waypoints.  


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