Animas Mountain Trail

MODERATE 73 reviews
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Animas Mountain Trail is a 5.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Durango, Colorado that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
5.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1535 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

snowshoeing

trail running

forest

views

snow

Great 6 mile loop that you can extend by taking the many side trails that all link back up. Easily accessible from town. You will see lots of climbers and folks bouldering. Still a good bit of snow through March and in the morning, quite icy, so bring YakTrax or similar. Great 6 mile loop that you can extend by taking the many side trails that all link back up. Easily accessible from town. You will see lots of climbers and folks bouldering. Still a good bit of snow through March and in the morning, quite icy, so bring YakTrax or similar.

10 hours ago

hiking
1 day ago

Great trail for views and a workout. I started at 8:30 and saw a few people coming down with dogs at the beginning, but then just one or two trail runners until I was almost back at the start. I went counterclockwise and enjoyed great views. Wear good shoes, as there is a lot of rock! I would skip if it had rained, as it would be a muddy mess. It's a climb the entire way, so I would skip this with young kids.. Also, go early because it gets hot with not a ton of shade. Wildflowers we're starting to bloom!

1 day ago

We did this loop counterclockwise which requires a steep climb at the beginning on the East Trail. Great views on the East Trail and good wildflowers but few views coming down the West Trail. We started about 7:00 AM on a Sunday so we saw few people until we were coming out the last mile at about 9:30. Great hike!

1 day ago

We did this loop counterclockwise which requires a steep climb at the beginning on the East Trail. Great views on the East Trail and good wildflowers but few views coming down the West Trail. We started about 7:00 AM on a Sunday so we saw few people until we were coming out the last mile at about 9:30. Great hike!

3 days ago

4 days ago

Nice trail when trails further north are still snowy/muddy.

backpacking
11 days ago

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16 days ago

Perfect for trail running! I definitely recommend counterclockwise.

hiking
21 days ago

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hiking
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1 month ago

Wonderful trail system with so many options! Bouldering opportunities galore.

1 month ago

1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

Animas Mountain Trail was closed in late March for wintering elk. Still plenty of hiking to do from this trailhead, including a nice four mile loop through ponderosa forest. Great bouldering opportunities, and views of the nearby mountains.

2 months ago

2 months ago

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Nice trail! Close to town, pretty views, mid March this year it's completely dry and warm!