Once you turn the corner onto the northern side of the mesa, you’ll think you’ve left the rocks behind. While you walk through the trees two hundred feet above Austin Bluffs Pkwy, be sure to notice the changes in the terrain. On this northern face there is another minor trail split that is not marked. It doesn’t really matter which one you take, except that the left hand one will require more climbing at the end. Also, this face of the mtn. retains snow in the spring; so be careful of your footing if you’re hiking before it all melts. Toward the end of this section, you’ll come across some more fascinating rock formations along the rim of the mesa. Enjoy.