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Haflin Creek is a 7.6 mile out and back trail located near Durango, Colorado and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and mountain biking. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 7.6 miles Elevation Gain: 2,916 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

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20 days ago

about 2.5miles in it got pretty snowy and at 3 miles you would need boots to get through the deep snow.

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7 months ago

Please check National Forest rules for dogs on leash rules. San Juan NF rules say dogs must be under voice control or on a leash. This rule is pretty much Forest wide

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7 months ago

My intention was to do only half of Haflin today. With a Noon start and comfy temperatures due to partly cloudy day, I roughly accomplished it in 2 hours RT with stops and snack break. I subscribe to “any day on a mountain trail is a good day.” It was pleasant and a solid 3 stars. GOOD: I ❤️ quick ascents and solid elevation gain off the bat; the broad panorama of the valley and the dark cloud-shrouded high country could always be kept in sight in first 40 minutes walk up; the sounds of the barely gurgling creek can be caught once the trail turns up the canyon; more shade is there plus gently shuddering aspens and busily humming bees. LESSER POINTS: The roar of 550 traffic can be heard until you turn into canyon; loose top soil and fine pebbles made me skid more times than I prefer. I WOULD do it again with company. My interest waned at the half way mark, heading into the canyon’s deep cut without wide open vistas.

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9 months ago

Good strenuous hike We took 12 students and the first mile and last 3/4 mike was brutal. Especially the final trek. But all made it fine. Take lots of water. No source at top.

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10 months ago

great trail. first mile is quite tough, but as you get into the canyon it eases. good for dogs. great views. i’ve hiked twice started around 9am and it hasn’t been too hot. the trek down is hard on the knees.

Thu Nov 29 2018

Nice views going up the switchbacks, but unfortunately it comes with traffic noise. The synthetic noise pollution doesn't dissipate until you get back into the canyon a ways.

Fri Jun 22 2018

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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Mon Jun 11 2018

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.

Mon May 29 2017

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

Mon 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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Sun Oct 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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Sat 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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Sat Mar 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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Sun Apr 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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