Overview: Mesquite Trail runs from Loma Verde Trail to Cactus Forest Trail. Along the way, it dips into multiple washes and provides decent views of Tanque Verde Ridge and Tanque Verde Peak.
Hike:: From Loma Verde Trail, head south on Mesquite Trail. You will soon cross a medium size wash and begin to climb a small hill. As you climb, the trail will gradually begin to head southwest as it approaches Cactus Forest Drive. Although you will never actually intersect with the roadway, the trail approach to within about 15 feet of the road at its closest point. Fortunately, this single lane roadway is mostly obscured by creosote and other native plants and it doesn't see much vehicle traffic most days of the week. If you aren't looking for it, you may even pass it by without noticing.
After your brief glance of Cactus Forest Drive, Mesquite Trail will begin to head northwest and back into the desert. The trail dips in and out of multiple small washes as it approaches Cactus Forest Trail. At .9 miles you will arrive at the marked intersection where Mesquite Trail ends. Looking east from the trail marker, you are just able to see Mica Mountain as it sticks out behind Tanque Verde Peak.
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