Note that there is a Wheel Pass required to use this trail. The cost is $3 for two days or $12 for a season pass.
Getting there: Take Highway 53 north to Virginia, then exit on Second Avenue West. Continue north for about a mile until you reach 3rd Street, then turn right. The access point and parking lot are at the end of the street.
Length: The trail from Virginia to Gilbert is just over 6 miles.
Difficulty: This would probably count as a difficult trail due to the elevation change. There is a rather steep 4% grade heading south out of town toward the mine overlook park (the hill with two giant dump trucks on top).
Popularity/number of other users: There are a fair number of bicyclists and pedestrians on the trail. I don't think there were too many inline skaters out there.
Surface conditions: The trail is relatively smooth, although there are some areas where rock can get kicked up from intersecting ATV trails.
Scenery: Very scenic -- bring a camera. The old mines are interesting to look at, and supposedly the Pike River cut is one of the most photographed areas along the trail.
Nearby restaurants: There are restaurants in Virginia, and presumably there should be some places to eat in Gilbert as well.
Water: Not available at the trailhead, but there are some city parks in Virginia where water can be found. There is also a Festival Foods in the middle of town just off the trail.
Other nearby trails: There are other sections of the trail in the area. Check out the official web site at www.mesabitrail.com for more information.
Comments: This segment of the trail is very scenic, but the long uphill section south of Virginia makes this trail a challenge for most skaters.
Maps: Elevation profile south of Virginia (21KB)
Virginia to Gilbert (102KB)
Virginia detail (268KB)
Official web site: http://www.mesabitrail.com
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