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Great hike. Beautiful stream filled with trout. Went on a Sunday, so saw lots of hikers and bikers. Bikers were incredibly polite and friendly. Many dogs, none of them leashed. A considerable amount of dog crap on the trail and many bags of crap left along the trail....which were there when we hiked up, and still there four hours later when we got down.

Trail from upper trailhead to Gudy’s rest, 6 miles RT. Generally easy. Good trail. Encountered deer & a few hikers, dogs & mountain bikers along the way. Shaded. Great views @ top.

hiking
9 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.

8 miles of shaded trail. Lots of hikers, dogs, and bikers were on the trail. Gudy’s Rest was easy to find and the view was pretty.

This is a great hike along the creek with a minimal elevation increase over the first 2.5 miles up to the point where the switchbacks start. A majority of the trail has shade on it so even in the heat of the day, it is a comfortable hike. Also, this hike is great for someone acclimating to the elevation gain.

This is a popular hike due to its proximity to Durango and we saw quite a few people and dogs and bikes on the trail although it was not overly crowded on a Tuesday late morning.

Beautiful view and moderate level of difficulty.

hiking
15 days ago

3.5 stars.

The Good: the quick rise from the stream bed to overlooking it at 40, 80, and 100 feet up; the conifer forest and wind whooshing through it; for me, the timing worked that I had the bench at Gudy’s Rest for 30 minutes to myself.; a Chimpumk; butterflies and the sound from the creek for most of the journey; 80% shaded; mountain bikers that were courteous; creek water to cool my head in before hearing back; amiable hikers, nude tots gleefully dipping in swimming holes; how easy it is to get to; “pay off” views at very top

The Meh: the creek bottom is perfumed by dog poo, especially on a hot day, the “heavily trafficked” amounted to about 50 people in a 4 hour span, going and coming

Logistics: clean pit toilet at trailhead; parked at lower; 8.7 miles is what I registered round trip from that location

off road driving
19 days ago

Was the starting point for an all day adventure! Great trail, moderate and transversed in high gear for some and low around obstacles. Super views.

hiking
28 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.

Go early, trail gets crowded. Beautiful wildflowers.

pretty shady and a stream nearby for 90% of walk so really good one for dogs. pretty easy. took 2.5 hrs with some jogging but also some dog stream play.

We only went 3 miles up and back down, but it was so beautiful!!! Lots of wildflowers and beautiful views of the mountains !

We went to hike this trail today (10 July 2018) and found that it is closed for an unknown time because of the 416 fire. A Park Ranger was there preventing parking at the trail head and hiking the trail. I gave it one star because I had to give a star to make the review.

Another special hike up this great trail through a sea of Wildflowers.

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.

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.

We stumbled in to this trail and Did not expect much but wow it was really good. You have to pop into the stream it's electric!

hiking
2 months ago

Great view from the top!!

trail running
2 months ago

Easy to find and well trafficked trail. I recommend going early to beat the crowds and mountain bikers. View from the top of the trail is well worth the elevation gain. If I lived in Durango, I’d make this trail a regular.

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.

The trail is in great condition as of May 2018. A lot of mountain bikers on the trail (and a few dirt bikers), but beautiful and pretty quiet aside from that. The trail has some steady climbs and would definitely be safe to run, as the path is clear and pretty rock-free the whole way. Beautiful views, too!

The hike up to Gudy's nest was lovely. Went the day the trail opens (4/16) and it was perfect. Finding the trail head was easy & experiencing the San Juan Forest so close to town was a happy surprise. This is a must-do hike if you're staying in Durango. Green, not too strenuous, birds, deer, a few friendly hikers & their canine companions, and a calming river. It checks off all my boxes for sure! (*go during the week)

Great hike. Not to difficult at all.

Great hike. 2/3 flat, 2/3 uphill. A few patches of mud and ice but not bad.

snowshoeing
7 months ago

Very difficult with snowshoes, but worth the effort. I didn't see a single person out and back, just a lot of wildlife tracks. Including big kitty. Navigating is very tricky because of the snow, so I brought my GPS watch + compass and it worked out fine. Bring an Ice axe, as some of the switchbacks can be deadly if you take a fall.

Beautiful trail! Would do it again!

Nice trail!

Great hike. Great way to get used to the elevation because it’s not a crazy amount of elevation gain but there are lots of flat stretches to regain your breath! I recommend to anyone looking for a day hike that ends in a great little spot for lunch or simply reflection.

Fairly easy trail with beautiful stream, awesome hike!

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