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Engineer Mountain Trail is a 12.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Silverton, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Length 12.7 mi Elevation gain 3,106 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Backpacking

Camping

Hiking

Horseback riding

Mountain biking

Rock climbing

Snowshoeing

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Lake

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Bugs

Muddy

Rocky

Scramble

Snow

Description
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This trail starts near the bottom of Coal Bank Pass on the Durango side. It climbs steadily through aspens and pine trees, and traverses under the East Face of Engineer Mountain. After a brief descent, it continues to climb north until it ends at the Colorado Trail to the west of Molas Pass.

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Reviews (136)
Photos (102)
Recordings (94)
Completed (263)
Don Marx
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HikingBugsRocky

Made the summit. The crux was the main challenge, but was not too hard. Overall a great hike with good views!

Ian Kee
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Aruna Pietrack
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Hiking

Trail was great. Got up early and started at 815. It was a climb with the switchbacks but really do able. Flattened out once you could see the mountain. From the parking area to the meadow, was a little under 3 miles and took an hour. On the way back down there were more bikers coming up and down so be aware. Didn’t go to the top but just to the meadow and walking up a bit and around was breathtaking!! The wildflowers are stunning right now!

Robert Lawrence
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Hiking

Made the summit a couple days ago. Solid climb for anyone looking for something a little different than your typical scrambly shale mountain. The chimney and scaling the face to the right, after the chimney, then climbing the natural ladder straight up was my favorite part. Probably not the best route for beginners but definitely the most fun. View was incredible. Being from Texas, growing up skiing Purg I always daydreamed about sitting on top of Engineer while riding the ski lifts. That dream came true so this was a special summit for me.

Lauren Cartwright
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HikingBugs

Just gorgeous!!! Lots of flowers blooming! And the waterfall is flowing! Trail was muddy in only a few spots. Everywhere else was dry and clear. If you’re heading to the lake, there are quite a few bugs once you make it there, but for the views it’s truly no big deal! Some snow left at the top, as well. Very easy to navigate. I started at the Coalbank trailhead at 7am and was back to my car by 1:30, just as the afternoon thunderstorm rolled in.

Alan Strauss
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Hiking

beautiful day on the trail, few other hikers but many mountain bikers. wildflowers blanketing the open hillsides made for an inspiring day

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Leila Farahani
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HikingGreat!

No snow in the way. Bit windy but a great hike with great views. Pretty flowers before the rocky top.

Daniel Herring
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Hiking

Made it to the top today. There are patches of snow now and then, but nothing that can’t be walked over. Snow isn’t present at the chimney, or past that point to the top. No special shoes or poles required.

Scuff Clough
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HikingMuddySnow

A few patch’s of snow towards the top with a sprinkling of mud, amazing views

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Sheridan Davis
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HikingIcyMuddySnow

Gorgeous trail at every turn! About 3 miles up is when the snow starts to appear. I only hiked 6 miles in, stopping at the base of the steep rocky section because it was too snowy. Still an amazing day hike, even if weather doesn’t permit the summit!

Kristen B.
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enjoyed it. we only made it to the base of the rocky spots, we started too late in the day. looking forward to the challenge of climbing to the top, but I think I'd rather go with a guide.

Lily Stalter
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Hiking

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!

M D
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Hiking

gorgeous!

Iain Mains
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Hiking

Forgot to restart app after lunch. Great hike!

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Brodie Cotton
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Megan St. John
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Dennis Cox
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HikingBugs

Beautiful wild flowers & incredible scenery

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Blue Voyage
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Hiking

Monday, August 14. Interesting day on the Engineer Trail. I was hoping someone else was there to update me on what happened to the dog? It was very traumatic for those of us dog lovers. I may also want to say... IF you have a dog and decide to hike to the tippy top... don’t. Please. Shit happens.

Ben Berk
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Hiking

On 7/8 we could barely get a mile up the trail before the snow stopped us. Today the trail was in great shape all the way to the end of the upper meadow. Only a few wet spots. The wildflowers were at their peak. Very few bugs. Lots of people on the trail.

Bob Lanese
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Hiking

Hiked up 4.75 miles to the cliffs with all of the trail easily traversed with snow being almost completely gone. We did start early (7:10 a.m.) and ran into a lot of mosquitos about 1/4 mile past second pond.

Lm Smith
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Hiking

Made it to the meadow, and the trails are still pretty wet but snow free at least until the last meadow. wildflowers are starting to bloom and should be in full force over the next few weeks. start early for the best weather as rain/snow should be expected at the top due to long winter and monsoon season.

Lm Smith
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Hiking

Made it to the meadow, and although wet, the trail is now snow free. Higher up I would be prepared for rain or snow both on the trails and from the sky. start early for the best weather. wildflowers are starting to bloom and should be in full force over the next few weeks.

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Ali Smith
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HikingSnow

I've hiked this trail before and absolutely loved it, but was unable to finish it this year as I lost the trail multiple times. There is a LOT of snow all the way down to the road. I would suggest you use a GPS app or map, because without one it is quite hard to find your way.

Mike Doocey
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HikingSnow

Great hike. We turned around at about 3.70 miles due to snow. About a 1600' ascent to the point we turned around. There were a few other hikers we met on the way up who said they also had to turn back at the snow. Summer hiking and not really prepared for the snow. Great views and a nice ascent.

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