Haflin Creek

HARD 25 reviews
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Haflin Creek is a 7.6 mile out and back trail located near Durango, Colorado. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking and mountain biking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,916 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

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mountain biking

1 month ago

Hard with switchbacks and some ominous views for the feint of heart...me. Views were very good and enjoyed it, make sure your ready for a hard hike.

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2 months ago

This trail was hard for me, but a lot of fun. I went in late May. First the trail zigzags up a steep, rocky slope which is very pretty but also may be a little scary if you're afraid of heights. From this part you'll get some great views of the Animas River and the surrounding area.

After the rocky bit the trail then turns east and heads up Missionary Ridge which burned many years ago. There are still numerous dead trees which sometimes fall and block the trail, but l was easily able to get around them.

The young aspen forest growing up in the burned area is easily the most biodiverse spot I've seen while hiking in Durango. Of course, what you'll see varies with the seasons, but if you're in to plants/flowers/butterflies/birds/etc. this is a great trail for you if you can handle the terrain. The beginning of this forest area is also the only place at which the trail flattens out, giving you a little break before resuming the ascent.

After getting above the forest area the trail runs through an area filled with scrub oak and various small plants, including flowers. From here you can look back west and see some great views. At the very top, you can look down the valley and see a small bit of the river and highway in the distance. Here, the trail joins up with another Missionary Ridge trail; you can choose to continue on that or turn around and hike back down.

This trail took me about 6 hours out and back, but I'd estimate more skilled hikers could do it in considerably less time, as I stopped several times to rest and take photos. Overall it was really fun, and great exercise.

Monday, May 29, 2017

This is a hike for a good workout. Go early due to it being hot. Or in spring or late fall.

Monday, May 29, 2017

This trail has some awesome views of the valley. The climb is a real workout it is up or down no in between mostly steep. The best views are at the halfway point. If you have done the ice lake trail in Silverton you know that trail is strenuous. I kind of felt this one was a little more of a workout. Oh there is not much of a creek probably a better climb in early may when the run off is at its peak.

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Sunday, October 02, 2016

up all the way through forest that burned in 2002. some newer growth Aspen and scuba oak. Nice view from top of ridge at the end of long difficult climb.

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Saturday, May 14, 2016

Start early if its hot. I took the Haflin Creek trail up and then came south to a service road to Edgemont Trail back to CR240.

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Saturday, March 19, 2016

Perfect for a spring day! It would have been hot in summer because of lack of tree cover, but because of that, it meant no snow on the trail. Which is rare around here in March. The first mile is all uphill switch backs. Get ready. But the views are great and the wind is beautiful to listen to. Will definitely be back !

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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Started this hike at 11:00 am and wished I started it much earlier as there is little shade on a warm day. If you don't like switch backs this is not the trail for you as there is a lot of climb. The views of course are very nice even though this is an old burned area. The Missionary Ridge trail connection is the goal for most and is 4.5 miles in making this a 9 mile roundtrip to that location. There are a lot of trees accross the trail in maybe a dozen places. Definitely a nice day hike and worth the time.

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