Cooks Mesa & Meeks Mesa

Page Type Page Type: Route
Location Lat/Lon: 38.32780°N / 111.3652°W
Additional Information Route Type: Hiking
Seasons Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Additional Information Time Required: Half a day
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Overview

Cooks Mesa is a wide ledge/small plateau that rises several hundred vertical feet on the north side of Route 24 just outside the western boundaries of Utah’s Capitol Reef national Park. On the north side of Cooks Mesa, cliffs rise another several hundred feet to a higher and bigger plateau known as Meeks Mesa. A beaten path starts on Route 24 and goes to Cooks Mesa where after 1.5 miles, it reaches a steep boulder filled gully that can be climbed to reach the top of Meeks Mesa.

Getting There

I did not see any signs for where this hike starts. From the intersections of Route 24 and 12 in eastern Torrey, Utah, drive 3.3 miles east on Route 24 and turn onto a dirt road on the north side of the road. This dirt road sits at a turn at the “northernmost part of Route 24 in that area”. I saw many people camping on that dirt road.

Route Description

The roundtrip hike described here is 5 miles long going from 6500 ft to 7600 ft.

The start of the beaten path is at an unsigned spot as noted on the map above. The path climbs a colorful dirt slope to reach the top of Cooks Mesa.

Up to Cooks Mesa, start of the trail
Up to Cooks Mesa, start of the trail

Views of Route 24 and Boulder Mountain (which is a big plateau and not a mountain) to the south.

Route 24 from Cooks Mesa
Route 24 from Cooks Mesa
Boulder Mountain (plateau) from Cooks Mesa
Boulder Mountain (plateau) from Cooks Mesa
Looking west from Cooks Mesa
Looking west from Cooks Mesa
Route 24 from Cooks Mesa
Route 24 from Cooks Mesa

Colorful canyons below Cooks Mesa.

From Cooks Mesa
From Cooks Mesa
From Cooks Mesa
From Cooks Mesa
From Cooks Mesa
From Cooks Mesa

Cliffs of Meeks Mesa rising above Cooks Mesa.

Walls of Meeks Mesa from Cooks Mesa
Walls of Meeks Mesa from Cooks Mesa

Petrified wood and other interesting rock on Cooks Mesa.

Petrified wood on Cooks Mesa
Petrified wood on Cooks Mesa
On Cooks Mesa
On Cooks Mesa

Other views from Cooks Mesa.

From Cooks Mesa
From Cooks Mesa
On Cooks Mesa
On Cooks Mesa
On Cooks Mesa
On Cooks Mesa
From Cooks Mesa
From Cooks Mesa

You will then reach the steep gully that can lead you to the top of Meeks Mesa. I did not see any signs but a beaten path left the main path and went up a dirt slope toward the gully.

Going toward the gully to Meeks Mesa
Going toward the gully to Meeks Mesa

Follow cairns among the boulders up the gully.

Up the steep gully
Up the steep gully

Near the top of the gully.

Near the top of the gully
Near the top of the gully

Views from the top of Meeks Mesa.

From Meeks Mesa
From Meeks Mesa
From Meeks Mesa
From Meeks Mesa
Boulder Mountain (plateau) from Meeks Mesa
Boulder Mountain (plateau) from Meeks Mesa
From Meeks Mesa
From Meeks Mesa
From Meeks Mesa
From Meeks Mesa
From Meeks Mesa
From Meeks Mesa
From Meeks Mesa
From Meeks Mesa



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