Explore the most popular mountain biking trails in San Juan National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

backpacking
1 day ago

Drove from Southern AZ to hike this trail with my one of my favorite hiking buddies. So very worth it! This is a beautiful trail that hugs rivers and creeks, starts in an aspen forest and ends at the Animas River and a ponderosa forest. Thousands of wild strawberries are in bloom for miles along the trail. the weather is predictably unpredictable this time of year, but as the Scandinavians say, "There is no bad weather, only bad preparation. " We backpacked through this trail and as the main review says, you can make this trail as long as you want because of all the side-trails. We headed up towards Chicago Basin and were not disappointed. definitely plan on rain and emergency shelter for day hikes. The thunderstorms, hail and sleet were interrupted by sunshine and 80 degree heat. Even with all the different weather patterns, it was one of the best backpacking trips of my life. People like to head out to the big name parks- Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Havasupai, Yellowstone, Zion...and they are wonderful places, but they're crowded and not anymore beautiful then this little trek.

Had such an amazing trip, I'm thinking about returning in a couple of weeks! Don't forget to soak in Trimble Hot Springs after your hike!

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

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!

Poorly maintained access road meant the total trail distance was 11.5 miles. Very lightly trafficked trail with wonderful views at the top. Definitely recommend this trail.

hiking
12 days ago

Loved this trail! Perfect if you’re looking for a simple day-hike. Only negative is the trail isn’t marked very well, in my opinion. We will definitely be back.

Beautiful views, especially from the summit. A few felled trees across the trail, being removed. A couple remaining ice troughs, largely melted. Only a few scattered wild flowers, likely related to drought. Great hike.

Not marked well

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
24 days ago

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

Trail starts in the corrals! Really pretty incline hike with a nice view at the top. I'll be heading back when the aspens have some leaves.

Lots of variation in scenery on this hike and all beautiful, can’t wait to see it when the aspens have bloomed. The view from missionary ridge is one of my favorites

Very muddy and the snow made it a very tough hike. Great views in some areas though. Not sure if going to the top of it seemed worth it.
Confusing to get too, horse corral look for the signs. Might be a better hike closer to summer time.

hiking
2 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.

really great views!

snowshoeing
4 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 running
4 months ago

Unlike the other reviewer, I did not ever see a sign that the trail was closed. The trail was relatively flat and great for trail running. The only negatives are that it isn’t particularly well marked at portions, it runs along the road, and it’s really more of a piecemeal combination of other trails. Overall, though, great for trail running or for a long but relatively easy hike.

wonderful trail to hike!

hiking
4 months ago

The view at the top is worth it!

this trail was the perfect speed for my level. the nature scenery was beautiful and kind.

hiking
4 months ago

Pretty good trail also long. But it’s my first time hiking in a while so I just scaled the mountain directly up lol but good trail.

Cool trail. The upper part is closed until the spring to protect the winter range of deer and elk. Still a nice walk with views of Durango.

hiking
5 months ago

Most trails in this system are fairly easy, well-signed, and a nice hike. We’ve done 1&2, but today we hiked the 3.7 mile West Loop. Best start is to park at Junction Creek Rd milepost 5. The trail is right at the side (high) of the road.

This is a great hiking trail. Beautiful scenery, friendly people. Lookout for runners and mountain bikers. Share the trail

Decent views, nothing spectacular but it was a good day trip close to town

Fun hike. I left my Canon DSLR somewhere on it though. Anybody see it?

Great morning hike! Steep and snowy towards the top on Thanksgiving weekend, yak tracks or hiking poles would be a good idea. Trailhead was a bit awkward as you have to go through a cattle gate to get in... there was a path through the grass to the left that distracted us initially. Go through the green cattle gate to start! I added some photos. Enjoy!

Only four stars for the amount of cow pies. Great views, nice challenging incline but still a casual hike.

Easy multi-use trail with lots of opportunities for solitude.

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