Explore the most popular hiking trails in Hermosa Creek Wilderness Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

12 days ago

Got caught in a blizzard near Hermosa peak and hiked an additional 12 miles, but the views were amazing. Got to see the transition from fall into winter. Amazing!

17 days ago

Goes down first, then back up so save a little energy. Easy. There are a few side trails, but these seem to go to campsites. When in doubt go right. Lovely aspen groves and amazing valley with aspens. Can pick any distance on this out and back since it doesn't lead to anything amazing like an alpine lake. Colors past their prime, but worth hiking in the fall. For more info and pics visit https://etbtravelphotography.com/2018/09/30/roadtrip-to-the-rockies-from-telluride-to-durango/

Great trail, easy to follow, and great for kids. Our five year old completed the round trip down to the river and back up - circa 3 miles. It was not too crowded despite the weather and fall colors and there is plenty of parking at the trailhead.

Amazing trail. I was blown away. One of the best trials I’ve been on in the 40 or so hiked I’ve done in Colorado. Not easy by any means. For sure a moderate trail.

After hiking to the lake and back, we hiked to the pass and abandoned mine. Great weather and you could see for miles

DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS VIA C.R. 204 then 171. It is still closed after Animas Overlook due to 416/Burro Fires. Call San Juan Forest Service before you attempt. Found out the laborious and time consuming way.. Call 970-247-4874 before you go.

Cannot review trail yet : ( sadly
So bummed.

We began the day thinking we would drive up La Plata Canyon and hike the high line trail to Taylor Lake.....the signage isn’t great up there so we decided to follow the one sign that pointed us towards Kennebac Pass. The views were amazing and the hike is easy. Again, the signage not being great we ended up finding an abandoned mine off the trail - there was some slipper points to the mine but glad we stumbled upon this gem of a hike. We didn’t make the whole hike as we turned around after the mine and went back! It was a perfect hike for the kids 6 and 9!

mountain biking
3 months ago

One of the most beautiful trails in CO.

trail running
4 months ago

Great trail to do in a day. Many different terrains and moderately easy. We parked a car at the south end and started at the North.

5 months ago

Fabulous hike and well worth the 9.5 miles to the camp ground and back. Views of the river are amazing

This was really pleasant. I hiked from the trailhead to the Salt Creek connector & back, which took around 7 hours and was approximately 18 miles total. There’s a nice picnic spot at the Salt Creek connector & some nice mountain & creek views along the way. The sound of water, wind, and birds was pretty steady & peaceful. I’d rank it as moderately difficult only bc of length & time (and my adjusting to elevation). A few steep up and down parts but nothing too intense, mostly steady & rolling. Look out for mountain/dirt bikers. Recommend for hiking.

Trail is easy to moderate depending on where you are on the trail. Gorgeous views of lakes and peaks. Amazing wildflowers all along the trail in summer.

9 months ago


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Lovely- good descent in- and out - lovely views- we didn't go all the way to the campgrounds. Lots of aspens.

Monday, October 02, 2017

Gorgeous fall colors & panoramic views

Monday, October 02, 2017

We LOVED this trail! Coming from Ohio, the elevation was challenging for us. An easy Colorado trail is equivalent to a moderate to difficult trail back home. The fall colors were amazing, no picture could ever do it justice, you MUST see this place in the fall!! Quite a few people with dogs off leash, but they were all friendly and minded their owners so no issues there. I could spend all day here!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Loved this trail. Kid friendly (our 3.5 year old mainly rode in the carrier). Pretty views, pretty aspens. Rocky terrain, but not too bad.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Trail drops down 1000 ft into a valley with a beautiful stream. Walk along the stream for about a mile or two through a beautiful meadow. However, it then takes you up about 500 ft and doesn't seem to return to the water, though some cool overlooks along the way. The estimated distance was 5 miles, but the trail goes quite a ways beyond what is marked on alltrails. It was an 8 mile round trip for me via my apple watch and I didn't even go to the end of the trail. Would recommend stopping shortly after you leave the meadow. Wear pants because of the brush and bring backup bug spray depending on time of year and time of day.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Amazing views. Hikes through Birch tree groves. The river is spectacular and wild raspberries are your reward if you go all the way to the end of the trail (according to this map).

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

This is a wonderful trail with a little bit of everything on it (flat, dirt, rocky, step, views, trees, flowers, etc). It is definitely not "easy" so proper shoes and clothing are needed (cannot believe what I saw people wearing and no water on them). We hiked all the way to the Animas River where the Cascade Creek runs into it. There is a bridge that crosses and a handful of camp areas, some with picnic tables. More trails on the other side of the Animas River. Google maps said this was 7.4 miles roundtrip.

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

My husband and I did one overnight backpacking trip on 6-17-17. It was very hot both days, but at least we didn't need rain gear. We started at Purg flats trailhead and hiked 5.4 miles ( see Strava photo) to our campsite near the footbridge/ Animas river / cascade stop of the Durango Silverton train. We had the entire place to ourselves! The river was gorgeous and flowing with the start of mountain snowmelt. I will never forget the beauty and peace of the morning sun glistening on the Animas River ( see photo) .

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Brought our family to hike this trail today, ages 8 to 70, It was a nice hike down. The hike up wasn't to hard, especially if you take it slow. We're not avid hikers and are a bit out of shape, and we hiked down 1.6 miles in about an hour. Oddly, it took us less time to travel back up. Things to think about if I hike this trail again is to bring more than one bottle of water, and also to bring insect repellant which is something I don't have to usually worry about much when hiking in Albuquerque.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Easy is a misnomer for tourists coming from low elevations. Being a "reverse hike," you descend first and then hike out. We took the trail much farther toward the Animas River hiking several hundred feet above Cascade Creek and turned around at a fabulous overlook of the rivers and Pigeon and Turret peaks in the distance. Our round trip was about 8.5 miles however. The hike up to the start point was pretty hard because we'd hiked further in than planned. Wildflowers are starting to bloom! Cascade was roaring.

Saturday, June 03, 2017

This trail is ready to hike. Love it in the spring as well as the fall.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

I went with my family this March. It was covered with snow, and with our feet sinking every 15 steps, the trail was much harder than the "easy" rating. However, the snowy mountains and frozen creeks were beautiful. If you have the gear for the winter hike, I highly recommend it!

on Purgatory Trail

Friday, December 30, 2016

A beautiful hike. It was an amazing way to spend the day. Breath taking views.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Incredible views!!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Gorgeous views .. Easy hike

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