Animas Mountain Trail

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Animas Mountain Trail is a 6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Durango, Colorado that offers the chance to see wildlife 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
6.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1519 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

rock climbing

snowshoeing

trail running

forest

views

wildlife

snow

no shade

Great 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.

hiking
16 days ago

Nice day hike easily accessible from town. I think some people get confused by the maps that are posted. There might be a couple of reasons for that. First, there are a lot of short little side 'trails' that take you to a lookout point and others that might mark a convergence of the two rightmost trails that run parallel to one another going counterclockwise up the mountain. Not all of these are necessarily on the map. It's pretty instinctive though - typically just stick to the trail that looks more used and/or does not have a line of rocks blocking the way. Second, someone mentioned that the maps do not all match along the trail. I think that is because Animas Mountain trail itself hooks up with the 'Dalla Mountain Park' trail system on the Junction Creek side (this is Sailing Hawks and series of other small trails). The picture I posted of the Dalla Mtn Park map indicates "you are here". If it helps to give you a sense of where these trail systems converge, that sign with the Dalla map is physically located where on the Animas Mountain map there is a patch of glare right by the switchbacks. I love bringing my pup up here. Just remember to pack lots of extra water (no such thing as too much) and poop bags. It can get hot even in Spring and Fall; He just takes more shade and water breaks and does fine.

backpacking
26 days 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!

walking
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

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

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.

5 months ago

wonderful trail to hike!

hiking
5 months ago

The view at the top is worth it!

hiking
5 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.

6 months ago

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.

6 months ago

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

6 months ago

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

6 months ago

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

hiking
7 months ago

Not a challenging hike but still enjoyable none the less.

7 months ago

It was hard but was worth it.

hiking
7 months ago

Great hike with our dog. There are plenty of markers along the way. We tended to keep to the outer edge of the mountain when given an option, the views were spectacular. We hiked on a Saturday in late October and only saw about seven people throughout so not very busy for so close to town.

7 months ago

Steady climb for the first few miles, but the views are totally worth it.

8 months ago

Great morning hike. Just over 2 hours at a moderate walking pace with quick scenic viewpoint stops along the way. Now off for a craft beer!

hiking
8 months ago

Came out to see fall foliage and do some hiking. Great local hike. Weather was perfect. No one else on Trail most of the way. Views did not disappoint.

8 months ago

Great in town trail - Go early when it's cool. Can be done in 1.5 - 2 hours if pushing your pace. Faster when running. Plan longer to enjoy yourself & views.

9 months ago

Go early and avoid the crowds and heat.
Great views as advertised.

hiking
9 months ago

My husband, dog, and I hiked this trail on Sunday 9/3. We started around 10:30 AM. There is almost no shade on the hike--it was hot. The directions from AllTrails are good. Parking was okay when we got there but was a little chaotic by the time we left. We went counterclockwise, per previous recommendations. The trail is well-signed; if unsure, stay to the right for the outer loop so you don't miss the views. There are beautiful views much of the way up. We clocked it at 3.6 miles to the high point. I didn't think the views at the top were as good as the ones on the way up, and due to the sun, we didn't stay at the top for long. No views on the way down. Total mileage was 6.1. It is true that the last couple maps you come to on the way down are different; we followed the power lines down so we didn't get lost going back to the parking area. The trail was busy but not packed, and almost everyone was going counterclockwise, so we didn't have to pass too many people. Lots of dogs, most of which were not leashed (though we did have our dog leashed since there were quite a few other people on the trail and the sign says dogs must be leashed). Recommended, but start early if it's a hot day.

hiking
9 months ago

We started around 10:00am and it got hot fast. There is little shade and little wind to cool you off. We went counterclockwise but ended up on a trail that wasn't the main one. It was nice but long. On the way down, the posted trail maps changed and were very confusing. We added an extra mile just trying to find the right parking lot.
The views at the top are great. We would probably do this trail again now that we know where to go, but would go when its cooler weather too.

hiking
9 months ago

We went counterclockwise. I think we started a little too late in the morning because it was blazing hot. The trail up this way has some shade but not a lot. The views of Durango are great as well as towards the James Ranch area. Little shade on the way down and nothing to see

hiking
9 months ago

Trail got really hot really fast. We went around 9:30 a.m. and would probably go much earlier next time. We had a small dog with us who didn't do well in the heat so we had to turn around. The trail is rocky but a good incline with nice views. We would do it again.

9 months ago

The trail is pretty easy and fun. I went counterclockwise which I liked because if I had gone the other way up I would have had to go uphill on a rocky surface which is harder on my knees.

trail running
10 months ago

Good trail, very run-able, not too difficult, no steep climbs, only a few rocky sections. Well marked. Too many off-leash dogs, but owners were respectful of other users and quickly corralled their pups upon seeing a runner coming up. Dogs disappeared after the first mile.

hiking
10 months ago

Animas is a really good trail for folks who are new to hiking or just have a couple hours to hike. I recently moved from Minnesota & found this hike to be pretty lowkey. It's a bit rocky so I'd make sure to pay attention to where you're placing your feet. A super great hike for a casual couple hours with friends.

hiking
10 months ago

Trail head in town! Four incredible views! Awesome!!

hiking
10 months ago

Nice hike to a great view of Durango. If you go clockwise the first 1 1/2 miles you'll eat up most of the 1,500 foot incline. Be ready to work! Well worth it.

10 months ago

Great hike with good views of Durango and the valley. Trail was well maintained and easy to follow.

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