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Durango Region Backpacking Trips/Trails Index

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Backpacking Trips/Trails List

TIP: To find the trails below on the map above: (1) remember the trail name below; (2) click the "list" icon in the upper left corner of the map above; (3) an alphabetized list of markers with trail names will appear; (4) click the trail you want in that list; and (5) its marker will be expanded on the map.

Trip Name / Link to Description 1-Way (mi) Rise (ft) Difficulty
Animas River Trail #675. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet.
See chapter "5 Purgatory Creek / Animas River Trails" in Falcon Guides book Hiking Colorado's Weminuche and South San Juan Wilderness Areas.
6.7 + approach +1,600 Strenuous
Bear Creek, Little, Trail #609. USFS webpage. 2.6    
Bear Creek Trail #607. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet. USFS map. 14.0 +3,240 Easy to Moderate
Big Bend Trail #519. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet. 6.0 + approach -2,200 Strenuous
Blackhawk Trail #501. Part of the Colorado Trail. USFS webpage. 10.9    
Box Canyon Trail #617 / Box Canyon Spur Trail #171. USFS webpage. USFS Transfer Campgound webpage.
See chapter "2. Big Al Trail and West Mancos River Loop" in Colorado Mountain Club book Pack Guide: The Best Durango Hikes.
6.5    
Burnt Timber Trail #667. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet.
See chapter "7 Endlich Mesa / Burnt Timber Shuttle Hike" in Falcon Guides book Hiking Colorado's Weminuche and South San Juan Wilderness Areas.
7.0 +3,100 Strenuous
Calico National Recreation Trail, Lower, #211. (Also known as #208.) USFS webpage. 13.2 +2,400 Strenuous
Canyons of the Ancients National Monument Trail System. (Bureau of Land Management. BLM webpage. BLM map (downloads very slowly).
See chapter "17. Sand Canyon Loop" in Colorado Mountain Club book Pack Guide: The Best Durango Hikes.
See section "X Sand Canyon" in Falcon Guides book Hiking Colorado.
     
Cascade Creek Trail #510. (Also known as #815.) USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet.
See chapter "3. Cascade Creek Trail" in Colorado Mountain Club book Pack Guide: The Best Durango Hikes.
6.0 +2,000 Strenuous
Cave Basin Trail #530. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet.
See chapter "10 Cave Basin Trail" in Falcon Guides book Hiking Colorado's Weminuche and South San Juan Wilderness Areas.
4.5 +1,560 Moderate
Chicken Creek Trail #615. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet. USFS map. USFS Transfer Campgound webpage. 7.8 +1,000 Moderate
City Reservoir Trail #542. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet. 7.7 + approach -583 Strenuous
Clear Creek Trail #550. USFS webpage. 6.0 -2,800  
Coal Creek Trail #677. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet.
See chapter "48 Pass and Coal Creek Loop" in Falcon Guides book Hiking Colorado.
3.0 +1,400 Strenuous
Colorado Trail -- Segment 24. South and west from Stony Pass to Molas Pass. Follows Continental Divide National Scenic Trail #813, Elk Creek Trail #503, and Molas Pass Trail #665. These three trails are listed separately on this page.
See chapter for Segment 24 in Colorado Mountain Club's book The Colorado Trail.
20.2 +3,475
-5,119
 
Colorado Trail -- Segment 25. West from Molas Pass to Bolam Pass Road. Follows Twin Sisters Trail #555 and Rico-Silverton Trail #507. These two trails are listed separately on this page.
See chapter for Segment 25 in Colorado Mountain Club's book The Colorado Trail.
20.9 +3,799
-3,578
 
Colorado Trail -- Segment 26. South from Bolam Pass Road to Hotel Draw Road. Follows Blackhawk Trail #501. This trail is listed separately on this page.
See chapter for Segment 26 in Colorado Mountain Club's book The Colorado Trail.
10.9 +1,827
-2,551
 
Colorado Trail -- Segment 27. South from Hotel Draw Road to Kennebec Trailhead. Follows Highline Trail #520. This trail is listed separately on this page.
See chapter for Segment 27 in Colorado Mountain Club's book The Colorado Trail.
20.6 +4,186
-2,922
 
Colorado Trail -- Segment 28. South from Kennebec Trailhead to Junction Creek Trailhead. Follows Sliderock Trail #622 and Junction Creek Trail #553. These two trails are listed separately on this page.
See chapter for Segment 28 in Colorado Mountain Club's book The Colorado Trail.
See chapter "6. Colorado Trail -- Gudy's Rest" in Colorado Mountain Club book Pack Guide: The Best Durango Hikes.
See chapter "18. Slide Rock and Kennebec Trails" in Colorado Mountain Club book Pack Guide: The Best Durango Hikes.
21.5 +1,897
-6,557
 
Columbine Lake Trail #509. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet.
See chapter "7. Columbine Lake Trail" in Colorado Mountain Club book Pack Guide: The Best Durango Hikes.
5.0 +2,600 Strenuous
Continental Divide National Scenic Trail #813. From Weminuche Pass North to Stony Pass. Part of the Colorado Trail. USFS webpage.
See chapter "37 Weminuche Pass to Stony Pass" in Falcon Guides book Hiking Colorado's Weminuche and South San Juan Wilderness Areas.
27.7 + approach   Strenuous
Continental Divide National Scenic Trail #813. From Stony Pass North via Maggie Gulch to Pole Creek West Fork.      
Corral Draw Trail #521. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet. 5.0 -2,345 Strenuous
Crater Lake Trail #623. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet.
See chapter "3 Crater Lake" in Falcon Guides book Hiking Colorado's Weminuche and South San Juan Wilderness Areas.
See chapter "8. Crater Lake Trail" in Colorado Mountain Club book Pack Guide: The Best Durango Hikes.
See chapter "37 - Crater Lake" in Altitude Publishing's book The Best Hikes of Colorado.
5.5 +800 Strenuous
Cunningham Gulch Trail #502. (Line but no number on USFS forest map.) Mountain Travel Guide webpage.
See chapter "1 Highland Mary Lakes Loop" in Falcon Guides book Hiking Colorado's Weminuche and South San Juan Wilderness Areas.
2.5 +1,400 Strenuous
Deer Creek Trail #678. USFS webpage. 4.5    
Divide Lakes Trail #539. USFS webpage.
See chapter "12 Divide Lakes" in Falcon Guides book Hiking Colorado's Weminuche and South San Juan Wilderness Areas.
2.1 + approach
Dry Fork Trail #616. USFS webpage. 4.1    
Durango Hills Trail #071. No information available.      
Dutch Creek Trail #516. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet. 9.7 -2,200 Strenuous
East Creek Trail #535. USFS webpage. 10.4
Elbert Creek Trail #512. USFS webpage.
See chapter "4. Castle Rock" in Colorado Mountain Club book Pack Guide: The Best Durango Hikes.
9.9    
Elk Creek, Little, Trail #515. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet. 13.0 -2,600 Strenuous
Elk Creek Trail #503. Part of the Colorado Trail. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet.
See chapter "4 Elk Park / Chicago Basin Shuttle Hike" in Falcon Guides book Hiking Colorado's Weminuche and South San Juan Wilderness Areas.
8.9 +4,500 Strenuous
Emerald Lake Trail #528. USFS quicksheet.
See chapter "11 Pine River / Flint Creek Semiloop" in Falcon Guides book Hiking Colorado's Weminuche and South San Juan Wilderness Areas.
11.8 + approach   Strenuous
Endlich Mesa Trail #534. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet.
See chapter "7 Endlich Mesa / Burnt Timber Shuttle Hike" in Falcon Guides book Hiking Colorado's Weminuche and South San Juan Wilderness Areas.
21.1 +1,200 Strenuous
Endlich Mesa Trail (Lower) #534. (Southern end also known as Freeman Park Trail.) (#548 on USFS forest map.) USFS webpage. 6.0    
Engine Creek Trail #657. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet. 7.0 + approach -2,600 Strenuous
Engineer Mountain Trail #508. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet.
See chapter "48 Pass and Coal Creek Loop" in Falcon Guides book Hiking Colorado.
11.0 +2,000 Strenuous
First Fork Trail #727. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet.
See chapter "49 First Fork and Red Creek Loop" in Falcon Guides book Hiking Colorado.
3.4 +1,700 Strenuous
Flint Creek Trail #527. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet.
See chapter "11 Pine River / Flint Creek Semiloop" in Falcon Guides book Hiking Colorado's Weminuche and South San Juan Wilderness Areas.
10.0 + approach   Strenuous
Gold Run Trail #618. USFS webpage. USFS map. USFS Transfer Campgound webpage. 2.2    
Goulding Creek Trail #517. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet. 2.7 +2,100 Strenuous
Granite Lake Trail #540 via Pine River Trail #523. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet.
See chapter "13 Granite Lake" in Falcon Guides book Hiking Colorado's Weminuche and South San Juan Wilderness Areas.
1.0 + approach   Strenuous
Graysill Trail #506. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet. 4.5 + approach +2,120 Strenuous
Grindstone Trail #608 / Loop Trail #658 / Trail 614. USFS Grindstone Trail webpage. USFS Loop Trail webpage. 4.2 + approach /
5.0 + approach
   
Haflin Creek Trail #557. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet. 5.0 +3,000 Strenuous
Hermosa Creek East Fork Trail. Labeled "BRNRT" on Latitude 40 Degrees Durango Colorado Trails Recreation Topo Map. No information available.      
Hermosa Creek South Fork Trail #549. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet. 10.0 + approach -2,400 Strenuous
Hermosa Creek Trail #514. USFS webpage. 20.0    
Highland Mary Lakes Trail #606. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet.
See chapter "1 Highland Mary Lakes Loop" in Falcon Guides book Hiking Colorado's Weminuche and South San Juan Wilderness Areas.
See chapter "12. Highland Mary and Verde Lakes" in Colorado Mountain Club book Pack Guide: The Best Durango Hikes.
4.0 +1,690 Strenuous
Highline Loop National Recreation Trail #520 / #607 / #608. USFS quicksheet. 17.0 loop + approach   Strenuous
Highline Trail #520. (Also known as Indian Ridge Trail.) Part of the Colorado Trail. USFS webpage. Mountain Travel Guide webpage. 17.0    
Hoffheins Connection Trail #611. USFS webpage. 1.2 + approach    
Hope Lake Trail #410. (Line but no number on USFS forest map.) USFS webpage. 3.2    
Ice Lake Trail #505. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet. ORIC Trip Map/Description Sheet (EE).
See chapter "13. Ice Lake Basin Loop" in Colorado Mountain Club book Pack Guide: The Best Durango Hikes.
See chapter "68 Ice Lake Trail Waterfalls" in Falcon Guides book Hiking Waterfalls in Colorado.
See section "W Ice Lake Trail" in Falcon Guides book Hiking Colorado.
See chapter "41 San Juan County: Vermilion Peak" in Falcon Guides book Hiking Colorado's Summits.
ORIC FAVORITE
4.5 +2,420 Strenuous
Jones Creek Trail #518. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet. 3.25 +1,700 Strenuous
Junction Creek Trail #553.  Part of the Colorado Trail. (Line but no number on USFS forest map.) USFS webpage. 19.2 +4,790 Strenuous
Kitti Mack Mine Trail. TRAILDAMAGE.com webpage.      
Lime Mesa Trail #676. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet.
See chapter "6 Lime Mesa" in Falcon Guides book Hiking Colorado's Weminuche and South San Juan Wilderness Areas.
See chapter "14. Lime Mesa Trail to Mountain View Crest" in Colorado Mountain Club book Pack Guide: The Best Durango Hikes.
7.7 +1,100 Strenuous
Maggie Gulch Trail. Part of Continental Divide National Scenic Trail #813. TRAILDAMAGE.com webpage.
See description "Maggie Gulch Rd 588" on Latitude 40 Degrees Telluride / Silverton / Ouray Colorado Trails Recreation Topo Map.
4.0    
Minnie Gulch Trail. TRAILDAMAGE.com webpage.
See description "Minnie Gulch Rd 587" on Latitude 40 Degrees Telluride / Silverton / Ouray Colorado Trails Recreation Topo Map.
     
Missionary Ridge Trail #543. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet.
See chapter "49 First Fork and Red Creek Loop" in Falcon Guides book Hiking Colorado.
8.2 +2,704 Strenuous
Molas Pass Trail #665. Part of the Colorado Trail. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet.
See chapter "2 Molas Trail to Elk Park" in Falcon Guides book Hiking Colorado's Weminuche and South San Juan Wilderness Areas.
4.0 -1,100 Strenuous
Morrison Trail #610 / Morrison Spur Trail. USFS webpage. USFS Transfer Campgound webpage. 11.3 +940 Moderate
Needle/Johnson Creeks and Chicago Basin Trail #504. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet. ORIC Trip Map/Description Sheet (E)
See chapter "4 Elk Park / Chicago Basin Shuttle Hike" in Falcon Guides book Hiking Colorado's Weminuche and South San Juan Wilderness Areas.
See chapter "38 - Chicago Basin" in Altitude Publishing's book The Best Hikes of Colorado.
See chapter "35 La Plata County: Mount Eolus" in Falcon Guides book Hiking Colorado's Summits.
ORIC FAVORITE
17.0 +4,680 Strenuous
Neglected Trail #547. USFS webpage. 6.2 + approach    
Pass Creek Trail #500. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet.
See chapter "9. Engineer Mountain" in Colorado Mountain Club book Pack Guide: The Best Durango Hikes.
See chapter "48 Pass and Coal Creek Loop" in Falcon Guides book Hiking Colorado.
2.2 +1,400 Strenuous
Piedra River First Fork Trail #538. USFS webpage. 10.0    
Pine River Trail #523. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet. USFS trailhead webpage.
See chapter "11 Pine River / Flint Creek Semiloop" in Falcon Guides book Hiking Colorado's Weminuche and South San Juan Wilderness Areas.
24.5 +2,500 Strenuous
Pine-Piedra Trail #524. (Also known as the Pine-Piedra Stock Driveway.) USFS webpage. 16.7    
Pinkerton-Flagstaff Trail #522. USFS webpage. 8.3    
Priest Gulch Trail #645 / Priest Gulch Cutoff Trail #201. USFS webpage. 7.8 +4,100 Moderate to Strenuous
Purgatory Trail #511. USFS webpage.
See chapter "5 Purgatory Creek / Animas River Trails" in Falcon Guides book Hiking Colorado's Weminuche and South San Juan Wilderness Areas.
4.5 -1,000 Moderate
Red Creek Trail #726. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet.
See chapter "49 First Fork and Red Creek Loop" in Falcon Guides book Hiking Colorado.
3.5 +1,800 Strenuous
Rico-Silverton Trail #507. Part of the Colorado Trail. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet. 8.0 +400 Strenuous
Rim Trail #613. USFS webpage. USFS Transfer Campgound webpage.
See chapter "2. Big Al Trail and West Mancos River Loop" in Colorado Mountain Club book Pack Guide: The Best Durango Hikes.
3.0 -700 Moderate
Rincon La Osa Trail #525. USFS webpage. 6.2 + approach    
Rincon La Vaca Trail #714. (Also known as Skyline Trail #564 and Opal Lake Trail.) USFS webpage. 14ers.com webpage.
See chapter "31 The Window" in Falcon Guides book Hiking Colorado's Weminuche and South San Juan Wilderness Areas
5.3 + approach    
Rock Creek Trail #655. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet. 5.0 + approach +1,800 Strenuous
Rocky Gulch / Canby Mountain Trail. No information available.      
Rough Canyon Trail #435. USFS webpage. 5.0    
Ryman Creek Trail, Lower, #734. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheeet. USFS map. 3.1 + approach    
Ryman Creek Trail, Upper, #735. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheeet. USFS map. 5.2    
Salt Creek Trail #559. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet. 6.0 + approach -2,600 Strenuous
School House Trail #660. USFS webpage. 2.0    
Section House Trail #200. USFS webpage. 2.7
Sharkstooth Trail #620. (Also known at Williams Trail #612.) USFS webpage. USFS Transfer Campgound webpage.
See chapter "5. Centennial Peak" in Colorado Mountain Club book Pack Guide: The Best Durango Hikes.
6.8    
Shearer Creek Trail #558. USFS webpage. 7.8    
Sierra Vandera Trail #524. (Also known as #541.) USFS webpage. 4.3
Sliderock Trail #622. Part of the Colorado Trail. (Line but no number on USFS forest map.) USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet. 2.2 +1,400 Strenuous
Snowslide Trail #653. USFS webpage. 4.8 + approach    
Stevens Creek Trail #728. USFS webpage. 7.3    
Tenderfoot Trail #644. USFS webpage. 4.0    
Transfer Trail #192. USFS Transfer Campgound webpage. Mountain Travel Guide webpage.
See chapter "2. Big Al Trail and West Mancos River Loop" in Colorado Mountain Club book Pack Guide: The Best Durango Hikes.
1.5 -650 Moderate
Twin Sisters Trail #555. Part of the Colorado Trail. USFS webpage. 10.9    
Vallecito Trail #529. USFS webpage.
See chapter "9 Vallecito Creek Trail" in Falcon Guides book Hiking Colorado's Weminuche and South San Juan Wilderness Areas.
See chapter "4 Elk Park / Chicago Basin Shuttle Hike" in Falcon Guides book Hiking Colorado's Weminuche and South San Juan Wilderness Areas.
19.5    
Weminuche Trail #592. USFS webpage. Mountain Travel Guide webpage.  
See chapter "12 Divide Lakes" in Falcon Guides book Hiking Colorado's Weminuche and South San Juan Wilderness Areas.
See chapter "13 Granite Lake" in Falcon Guides book Hiking Colorado's Weminuche and South San Juan Wilderness Areas.
     
West Lime Creek Trail #679. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet. 3.0 +1,100 Strenuous
West Mancos Trail #621. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet. USFS map. USFS Transfer Campgound webpage.
See chapter "2. Big Al Trail and West Mancos River Loop" in Colorado Mountain Club book Pack Guide: The Best Durango Hikes.
See chapter "11. Hesperus Mountain" in Colorado Mountain Club book Pack Guide: The Best Durango Hikes.
See chapter "37 Montezuma County: Hesperus Mountain" in Falcon Guides book Hiking Colorado's Summits.
11.0 +2,000 Moderate
Whitehead Trail #674. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet.
See chapter "1 Highland Mary Lakes Loop" in Falcon Guides book Hiking Colorado's Weminuche and South San Juan Wilderness Areas.
4.0 +1,200 Strenuous
Wildcat Trail #207. USFS webpage. 6.3    

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