Looking for a great trail in San Juan National Forest, Colorado? AllTrails has 115 great hiking trails, running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 55 moderate trails in San Juan National Forest ranging from 0.6 to 32.7 miles and from 6,696 to 12,893 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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The San Juan National Forest spans more than 1.8 million acres of puclic lands near Durango in the southwestern corner of Colorado. The forest encompasses three wilderness areas: Weminuche Wilderness, South San Juan Wilderness, and Lizard Head Wilderness, two of which are alpine wilderness areas. San Juan National Forest was declared by president Theodore Roosevelt in 1905 and is now also part of the Chimney Rock National Monument. The park's terrain ranges from high-desert to alpine peaks of the San Juan Mountains. Popular highlights within the park include the San Juan Skyway, a scenic drive with excellent views, and numerous hiking trails including Ice Lake Basin Trail. Activities in the park include hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and skiing. The National Forest also offers many campsites for use, including Cayton Campground. If you want some history, take a ride on the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, a historic landmark that passes through the national forest.

hiking
rocky
13 hours ago

Great trail! A few tight turns but nothing crazy. Gorgeous views and worth the trip!!!

awesome trail with amazing views at the top. went in mid October and the leaf color was absolutely outstanding, temperature perfect and trail dry and a pleasant hike!!

Great trail for a quick hike. Good for kids Our 7 yr old had no problem. Probably good for a run as well. Great views along the way. Not sure I'd call it moderate unless your average hike is paved and flat. Seems pretty easy to me.

What is shown on this map is not Dutch Creek trail. It is more of an unestablished horse path used by ranchers to gather their cattle. In hindsight, Dutch Creek trail head would start 5 miles down the Pinkerton-Flagstaff trail. Curiosity settled. Waste of time.

hiking
rocky
1 day ago

tough near the top, first 2.5 miles isn't as tough has the last 2.5 miles. Beautiful blue lake like I have never seen before. Not worth the extra mile one way to go to the upper lake.

This is a hard trail but totally worth the effort. Pictures do not do justice the the beauty of Ice Lake and Island Lake.

Such a tough hike to the lake but it’s so worth it. I read that the first Iake was rough with the switchbacks and that after it got easier.. they lied. The switch backs are like rough but after you finish them there is an opening. For me; that is when it became brutal. Once you get to the saddle, it’s pretty flat from there. The lake is well hidden. I got worried I wasn’t going to make it. The lake is phenomenal and so worth it. Such a hidden gem.

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rocky
3 days ago

It started out as a rainy weekday morning, so we had the springs to ourselves! The hottest one is on the downstream end, but there are cooler ones up from that. This was our first day at high elevation, so the steep hike out had us huffing and puffing, despite being in decent shape, but it didn’t last too long. One of the best hikes of our road trip!

Top ! A really nice hike Beautiful views of the city of Durango on the valleys and mountains The descent in the middle of small oaks that took their colors of autumn A must!

Very beautiful trail all the way to the top. A variety of different views and terrain. Photo opportunities everywhere. Lakes at the top are worth the hike. Start early, you will need the time. Unfortunately the parking area is so limited.

mountain biking
rocky
4 days ago

Nice trail for mountain biking, great parking and entry location. Good condition trail.

hiking
4 days ago

I didn't do the full trail as I was in a regular sedan, I just went to the ghost town. I got some pretty funny looks from people in their lifted 4WD trucks! That being said, the Ouray website actually lists this as being accessible by car which is why I went. You just need to pay attention to the road for dips and take it slow (I probably didn't go above 10 km/h the entire time). The town and road is quite picturesque and the histories of the families and houses was interesting. The fine tailings pile is still there from the mine and I was able to find some neat rocks in it. I highly recommend - especially if you need a rest from hiking like I did!

hiking
4 days ago

Hiked on October 7th. Started the day @ 8:30 AM in a sweater and jacket, but started taking layers off as the day warmed up and I got out of tree cover. The parking lot only had 3 other cars. Round trip took me about 7 hours. I'm from sea level, and much like my trip to Peru, I started having slight issues catching my breath at around 3400 metres, but didn't experience any headaches or other symptoms of altitude sickness. The incline is steady all the way up, but nothing difficult. The views the entire way up are incredible, and the lakes are amazing. This hike is in my top 5 for sure and I'd highly recommend it.

Lots of pine and granite cliffs. Beautiful hike the entire way and easy for kids. This was an awesome respite from the Durango desert.

hiking
4 days ago

We are from Australia and not used to climbing high altitudes. Loved the hike and camped at the lake and snowed overnight and enjoyed a winter scenery. The hike is mostly easy but more like 9 km each way and there is half a kilometre hard climb which after walking with heavy packs took our stamina. The last kilometre is easy and there is a cave near the end. It was a great hike

hiking
rocky
snow
5 days ago

soooooo loooong

hiking
rocky
5 days ago

hiking
6 days ago

Extremely rocky the whole way. It is rated moderate but for a 63 year old over weight woman hard but doable. Went left view is awesome on the way down without having to turn around. Rated 3stars because of all the rocks saw an eagle perched in tree

I only did the first 3.5/4 miles of the trail, but the leaves are gorgeous right now! I highly recommend getting out there in the next couple days if you can!

If you have a low clearance sedan like me, driving up forest road 820 to park directly at the trailhead is not recommended. I made it, and the road is fine until you are almost to the trailhead and then it is full of loose rock and I just about didn't make it. So the best idea is to alltrails and park at the bridge and walk the road to trailhead is the best idea. Or maybe you can park before the trailhead on road 820, but there are barely in pullouts to do this at. The hike was great and I did a of cross country loop from Columbine to the upper lake and to pass overlooking Bridal Veil Basin (check the topo map to see where a old trail goes to the pass).

Gradual elevation gain all the way up! Beautiful views and stunning lake.

hiking
8 days ago

Easily one of the most beautiful hikes I’ve ever completed. The views every which way are stunning. It is very challenging because of the altitude.

This trail is beautiful and easy . You are hiking down first into the canyon so you have to hike up and out . We only went in to the creek and back so 2 miles .

hiking
9 days ago

Excellent views. Hiked on October 6th , beautiful day, trees have not changed colors yet . All and mostly green. On a side note, I forgot my 2 knee caps by lake side . if anyone finds those knee caps, black colored, will kindly request to bring it down and deposit at Silverton visitors center. It will be greatly appreciated. Thanks

Drove on up before coming back. Amazing views up the road 4 miles. This overlook offers beautiful views and interesting information signs. Typos on the signs-how did that happen?!?! We will definitely be back with a picnic to enjoy at one of the picnic tables along the woodsy trail.

hiking
blowdown
private property
9 days ago

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