on Purgatory Trail

hiking
19 hours ago

Great trail with lovely view. Hiked down to river and back. Thought return trip uphill may have been a slog but was not too bad. Shaded and cool on the upper part with superb views of mountains particularly on lower part. Highly recommend.

hiking
1 day ago

Rad. Bring big your dog.

hiking
8 days ago

Beautiful hike- perfect distance from top to bottom. Trail is in great condition. Dogs had a blast!

Nice trail. We were on foot and had a lot of competition with bicycles. It was not a problem, just unexpected. Despite the charred trees after the 2018 fire, the views were majestic. This one was nice this time of year due to the lower altitude- no snow.

hiking
9 days ago

Really beautiful trail with quite the change in scenery. Aspen forests, open meadows, canyon cliffs and pine forests. The trail descends at first and then it is a stead up and down all the way to the Animas. We backpacked in and camped right along the Animas which was beautiful (took us 2.5 hours to get there). My only complaint is that next to no one was wearing masks. We brought ours and it took us 0.5 seconds the equip them when encountering others.

hiking
9 days ago

Beautiful hike. TONS of aspens. Definitely a lot of ups and downs in elevation. So be prepared. Also some narrow portions of the trail with steep drop offs.

hiking
10 days ago

beautiful trial! lots of up and down so be prepared - it isn't just a straight drop into the valley.

on Purgatory Trail

11 days ago

love, love , love. a bit of everything, elevation, views, meadow, water....

hiking
rocky
14 days ago

This was a nice hike from Purgatory Ski Resort down to the Animas River. The trail is shaded and well marked.

hiking
17 days ago

Beautiful trail. Almost completely dry, lots of water, and amazing views! Goes down into a canton so coming back you go up but it’s not very strenuous besides a few switchbacks.

hiking
blowdown
muddy
23 days ago

Great hike. Nice trailhead, parking and info signs. No markings along trail. I used All Trails track when I reached the meadow, couple of trail options. I also used it to do the loop at the end, worth doing. There's a couple of small muddy areas and a couple of trees to climb over. Beautiful views and scenery

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

hiking
icy
snow
1 month ago

Stunning hike. I went in late April so the beginning of the trail was a bit snowy/icy. Beautiful waterfalls on the way down then the river at the bottom. Amazing views. Highly recommend!

It ain’t easy that for sure

snowshoeing
3 months ago

Great snowshoeing trail. Gorgeous views. Remember to save enough energy to come back up!

hiking
icy
off trail
scramble
washed out
4 months ago

hiking
snow
5 months ago

Great day snowshoeing. Trail visible. Parking was limited. Stunning views all around. As mention below, switch backs to the river below means you have to go back up. So with snow plan accordingly. Kid friendly.

We did this hike back in mid-July. It’s a lovely hike from a spur off Junction Creek Rd. Nice switchbacks through pines lead to the “slide” where the trail narrows and people with a fear of heights might have problems. Sadly we couldn’t make it all the way up as we hit winter snow avalanche remains and weren’t willing to fight our way through or around it. If you do make it up you can take the trail to the left to the remains of Muldoon Mine. Great explorations there.

hiking
7 months ago

Definitely dog friendly and an easy scenic hike. But what goes down must come up! Very nice hike!

hiking
8 months ago

Gorgeous trail! We had small children with us, so we only made it a little over 3 miles round trip, but we were able to make it over to see the creek. The views were stunning the whole way. Would love to come back and do this again.

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful fall hike!

We’ve hiked this trail several times and we love it. It’s a little too easy at first as you are hiking down switchbacks to the valley/river floor. Just remember you have to come back up the same way after almost 10 miles of out and back. Once you have hiked through the valley or next to the river you ascend reasonably slowly up the side of the mountain and have nice views of the river. The trail has a sheer side which adds drama at a few points, but it feels safe enough for kids that are not overly adventurous/crazy. Once you hike around the side of the mountain you hike back down to the valley where the rivers intersect. Walk across the footbridge and follow the trail to the train tracks. The train coming across the trestle/bridge makes for some great photos. They run at different times depending on the season, but we start to see them at 10:30 in the am and 3ish in the afternoon. Call the DRR office and ask about flagging the train down on its way back into town in the afternoon. It was only $35, and had the best views...and you or some of your party don’t have to hike back up those switchbacks.

horseback riding
no shade
scramble
9 months ago

Beautiful trail especially in the beginning, pretty crazy to see the extensive burn scar. We didn't think about the lack of shade due to the lack of trees from the fire. Very different from years past, but definitely worth seeing. The mud slides made some parts of the path tricky on horseback.

hiking
9 months ago

Great hike.

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