#52 on the Top 100 list, this climb travels into the Grand Mesa National Forest (Grand Mesa is the largest flat-topped mountain in the world) and shares its summit with Top 100 climb #24, Grand Mesa North (21.4 miles, 6.1%, 5,726' gained - which begins 40 miles to the north of the Cedaredge start for Grand Mesa South). The other Top 100 climb in the vicinity is #61 East Portal 50 miles south (3.3 miles 11.6% average grade, 1,966' of climbing). This is a scenic and challenging climb, particularly if done as an out-and-back with Grand Mesa North.
Start of climb is at the north end of Cedar Ridge.
Enter Grand Mesa National Forest at mile 12.
Summit on a dreary day - looking south.
Steepest ¼ mile begins at mile 9.7 (9.1%); steepest mile begins at mile 10.6 (6.7%)