18-Nov-2014 -- Traveling south from 40N 109W through Grand Junction and up the Grand Mesa from the north I arrived at the Scotland Trail trailhead (the closest place to park) at 3:32pm under mostly cloudy skies and a temperature of 23°F. From here my GPS showed a distance of 0.58mi to the point. Six inches of snow from three days before covered the ground and made me quickly lose the trail. But this didn’t matter much I don’t think, as the trees/brush were never so dense nor the terrain so steep that I couldn’t cut my own path.
The point lies across a meadow in a stand of aspens and scattered conifers. Zeroing out took a little longer than usual with the snow and tree cover. This was a beautiful spot and I was happy to see some of the famed Grand Mesa, which I had never been to except for one trip to Powderhorn Ski Resort a few winters ago. I would love to return in the summer – the options for recreation and camping seemed incredible. After zeroing and pictures, I was back to the car by 4:22pm, fifty minutes after I had started. I continued driving down the south side of the mesa (watching an incredible sunset from various switchbacks as I ate some of the dinner I had packed) through Delta back up toward Grand Junction and finally Glade Park, where I would spend the night in my car in preparation for an early trip to 39N 109W the next morning.