First Fork and Red Creek Loop Trail

HARD 11 reviews
#44 of 90 trails in

First Fork and Red Creek Loop Trail is a 9.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Durango, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers 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.

9.4 miles
2,437 feet

dog friendly



horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running




wild flowers


trail running
2 months ago

Parking is the biggest challenge with this loop. I parked at Colvig Silver Camps although it is very clearly marked No Parking - Private Property. I asked someone parked there if they thought it was alright and they assured me it was although I’d be careful. The trail starts about a mile from this area and you might be able to find a spot to pull off the road, although there is a gate and signs saying cars are not permitted after May. I ran the trail following the First Fork signs. When you reach the top of the ridge, you will be on the Missionary Ridge trail (right if you come the First Fork). The trail follows the ridge and you will be treated with stunning views on both sides of the ridge. Red Creek trail is not marked but when you get to the 2nd Missionary Ridge trail sign it will cut steeply down to the right. This trail is significantly more steep than First Fork. The trail also follows the topo map well and you can use it for security. GPS read the distance at 11.5 miles. Wildflowers were also out today and pretty to see.

3 months ago

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.

3 months ago

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

10 months ago

Sunday, June 25, 2017

We hiked up red creek trail, over on missonary trail and then down on first fork. Good views toward the top, and there was some flat area with the steep climbs. The trail is abput 10.5 miles total, nor the 8.5 listed. Overall we enjoyed the hike.

trail running
Sunday, June 04, 2017

Great trail. Killer views at the top and plenty of water (in June) for the pups. However, the whole loop is somewhere between 10-11 miles, not the 8.5 listed so prepare for a little longer day.

1 month ago

Friday, July 07, 2017

Wednesday, June 21, 2017