Engineer Mountain Trail is a 12.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Silverton, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.
This trail starts near the bottom of Coal Bank Pass on the Durango side. It climbs steadily through aspens and pine trees, and traverses under the East Face of Engineer Mountain. After a brief descent, it continues to climb north until it ends at the Colorado Trail to the west of Molas Pass.
We love this hike! It's strenuous but has a very high return on investment with incredible views. If you are able to scrabble on shale and climb over a 4-5 ft ledge in the chimney to get to the very top, it's totally worth it. Its truly the feeling of standing on top of the world. Oh, and for only-average experienced hikers like us, there was this great gasp-and-moment-of-fear scrabbling over the chimney as we looked at the shale coved ledge we could slide off. It turned out to be a huge confidence builder as we realized after, it was no big deal.
After a recommendation by our friend Debra VanWinegarden (see her blogspot) we enjoyed shoulder high wildflowers and gorgeous views. Our time was short so we only hiked to the "bus stop" log and after a quick snack got back to our car just in time before an afternoon storm.
Gorgeous views. Wish I brought an actual camera and not just my phone.
The wild flowers are unbelievable. Bring a sweatshirt or light jacket and a good camera.
Great hike for all levels... Even took 3&5 year old with us! They did great, with a few hand hold places!
This trail is used for the popular mountain biking route from Molas Pass to Coal Bank Pass. There are a few tough climbs and a few areas that can stay pretty sloppy and muddy if there has been any rain. But the fast and flowy sections, as well as the long and fast descent at the end, make this an amazing ride with amazing views.