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mountain biking
1 day ago

This is mainly a mountain biking trail. Hikers and dogs should use caution. This is a lot of downhill terrain so mountain bikes are moving fast.

hiking
8 days ago

I don’t think this is a hard trail. We did it on a Sunday morning. We passed 34 mountain bikers and nine hikers. A lot of shade, a good well marked trail. Took us 3 hours; about 9 miles total from the parking area and back. We went to the right. Counterclockwise was better with the bikers coming the other way.

Good hike; still decent views despite some smoke. Start early - coming down the west trail doesn’t provide much shade.

nice hike with great overlook views of Durango and the Animas River as it snakes it's way South. I rate it on the easy side of moderate. mostly a gradual uphill hike. the trail is well marked and is very Rocky. start out at the TH and keep right at all the intersecting trails to see the views.

hiking
27 days ago

Great day hike. My GPS tracked 9.2 miles in total. We started up on the left loop which is less rocky with better forest cover.

hiking
27 days ago

11AM: I accepted the late start penalty of heat (for Durango). I’m glad for the instructions of the San Juan Chapter of the Colorado Mountain Club per their book “Best Durango Hikes.” This Trail was #1 in their punch list.

The best tips were about parking, proceeding counterclockwise around the mountain, “when in doubt stay right” and “make a hard left at power poles to get back to parking lot when coming down. The latter saved me from 10 minutes+ of ambling on when I was hot and hungry and ready for the road.

Thumbs up: good directions, easy trail, nice steady gain, wind whooshing through taller trees atop the plateau, being buzzed by a turkey vulture, seeing a horned lizard, and young mountain jays

Also Thumbs Up: Connecting with All Trails users who just had just read a review I posted. **small world and Gig ‘Em Ags**

Thumbs Down: Doggie poop bags left like Easter Eggs on Trail. I hope in the end they got courtes-ly carried away. I will assume the best.

Would go again, starting earlier and making enough space-time for whole loop.

Kudos to the trail runners I saw hoofing it down! You are my every day inspiration.

WENT AGAIN. 8.9.18
Still 3 stars. Started 930am and got back exactly 4 hours later with a long stop, 2 quick snack breaks, lots of pauses for views and photo snapping and an accidental detour too far over on the West side. I think I may have gotten to the top of the Sailing Hawks trails.

Logged 8.2 miles with the detour.

Note to self: go up West side going/coming because trail is more dirt than rock and makes for happy feet!

Thwarted by thunderstorms (and a bear) at Spud Lake, I hoped to redeem my workout here. 90 degree day and a 345pm start wasn’t a good idea but I thought I’d go for it. Not super clear directions to find trailhead for an out-of-Towner. I parked in what I assumed to be right place amidst lots of no-parking-here-you’ll-get-towed signs on feeder road. I was the only car so that made me nervous. Then I saw signs with red letters “10am-2pm daily” that also made me fret—was it during winter only? Was it every day? Was this why I was the only car in the lot on a weekend?

I am too compliant —didn’t go much further than the steep initial scramble and turned around for fear of a ticket or something.

Back in the parking lot a local pulled up and clarified the 10 AM - 2 PM is only during the migration season—which is not now.

I’ll re-attempt at a later date with trekking polls, a hiking partner, and a 630am start.

Starts out with a nice climb but worth it on the way back!

Not a hike by any means, just a nice area with some beautiful views. Love taking my dog off leash here because it’s close to where I live

on Animas Mountain Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Trailhead is right in town so very easy to get to. The city view side is a little loud but a good workout. Saw only about 6 people on this hike during the holiday weekend.

hiking
1 month ago

Moderate, very dry trail - rocky on & off. Beautiful views. Be sure to bring water for yourself & your dog!!

It was a mellow hike with a couple of spots at the summit with great views of the town.

1 month ago

Hard with switchbacks and some ominous views for the feint of heart...me. Views were very good and enjoyed it, make sure your ready for a hard hike.

Sign at trailhead indicating that it’s closed as of 6/12/18 due to Stage 3 fire restrictions. Sounds like it would have been a good one though!

hiking
2 months ago

This trail was hard for me, but a lot of fun. I went in late May. First the trail zigzags up a steep, rocky slope which is very pretty but also may be a little scary if you're afraid of heights. From this part you'll get some great views of the Animas River and the surrounding area.

After the rocky bit the trail then turns east and heads up Missionary Ridge which burned many years ago. There are still numerous dead trees which sometimes fall and block the trail, but l was easily able to get around them.

The young aspen forest growing up in the burned area is easily the most biodiverse spot I've seen while hiking in Durango. Of course, what you'll see varies with the seasons, but if you're in to plants/flowers/butterflies/birds/etc. this is a great trail for you if you can handle the terrain. The beginning of this forest area is also the only place at which the trail flattens out, giving you a little break before resuming the ascent.

After getting above the forest area the trail runs through an area filled with scrub oak and various small plants, including flowers. From here you can look back west and see some great views. At the very top, you can look down the valley and see a small bit of the river and highway in the distance. Here, the trail joins up with another Missionary Ridge trail; you can choose to continue on that or turn around and hike back down.

This trail took me about 6 hours out and back, but I'd estimate more skilled hikers could do it in considerably less time, as I stopped several times to rest and take photos. Overall it was really fun, and great exercise.

Beautiful and easy trail for hiking or biking. Many different trails in the area and it is not well marked so make sure you stay aware of where you are. Can anyone tell me where the actual falls in these pictures are? We never found them.

A few good views but not in my top anything list.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice day hike easily accessible from town. I think some people get confused by the maps that are posted. There might be a couple of reasons for that. First, there are a lot of short little side 'trails' that take you to a lookout point and others that might mark a convergence of the two rightmost trails that run parallel to one another going counterclockwise up the mountain. Not all of these are necessarily on the map. It's pretty instinctive though - typically just stick to the trail that looks more used and/or does not have a line of rocks blocking the way. Second, someone mentioned that the maps do not all match along the trail. I think that is because Animas Mountain trail itself hooks up with the 'Dalla Mountain Park' trail system on the Junction Creek side (this is Sailing Hawks and series of other small trails). The picture I posted of the Dalla Mtn Park map indicates "you are here". If it helps to give you a sense of where these trail systems converge, that sign with the Dalla map is physically located where on the Animas Mountain map there is a patch of glare right by the switchbacks. I love bringing my pup up here. Just remember to pack lots of extra water (no such thing as too much) and poop bags. It can get hot even in Spring and Fall; He just takes more shade and water breaks and does fine.

hiking
2 months ago

Dry Fork Loop is a nice hike. The grade was gentle and the entire route is shaded. I hiked this trail on May 28 and had a gorgeous day.

First hike in a long time went 18 mins up and back!
Hopefully a lot more posts to come

hiking
3 months ago

The trail runs along the road through a meadow for about the first two miles, so you can easily lop 4 miles off the total distance just by driving further down the road before you start. There are lots of trails through the meadow.

You cross private property for 2/3 mile, but it's well-marked and trail users have permission as long as they stay on the trail. A bigger issue is the emergency access gate into the Bible camp; the camp belongs to First Baptist Church, so you might want to call ahead and get permission before venturing onto their property. Sometimes they have campers or vacation Bible school up there in the summer.

I had a hard time finding the back end of the loop at the camp; it's not where the GPS map says it is; just follow the road up the ridge when it forks.

No longer a loop unless you’re ok with trespassing. Trails lead right into peoples houses and driveways too. So many better and secluded trails on public land out there

hiking
3 months ago

as good a hike as I've ever done. got lost for awhile and didn't care

on Falls Creek Loop

hiking
4 months ago

This was the best hike for someone getting use to hiking or for someone just wanting a nice little Sunday hike.

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail. Great views. Worth mentioning that the top of the loop and majority of the trail is closed from December to April. But there are connections to other trails so you can still get a good hike in still.

Beautiful trail. Starts out pretty steep but so worth it!

Loved the scenery! Was such an adventure as well!

trail running
6 months ago

great trail. as short or as long as you want to make it.

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