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Haviland Lake Trail is a 3.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Durango, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until September. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 3.8 miles Elevation Gain: 554 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

camping

cross country skiing

fishing

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

bird watching

running

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

Please be sure to come prepared and to check the weather forecast ahead of time for this trail. It has been reported that this area is subject to dramatic changes in the weather.

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snow
1 month ago

Enjoyed snowshoeing here today!

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snow
1 month ago

Snow shoeing in the snow fall!

hiking
2 months ago

Actually snowshoed down into Chris park campground

hiking
4 months ago

There really isn’t a Haviland Lake Trail. There is a whole trail system East of Haviland Lake which is what this loop is apart of. Technically, the route shown here is Haviland Veiw > Cowboy Cutoff > Waterfog trot > Wagon > Miners trace. This route clocks more like 5.5 miles too. I’ve uploaded a photo of the whole trail system if anyone is interested since the trails system is not shown on the app for some reason. As others have mentioned, lots of trails interconnect. Trails are poorly marked and without the app, one could easily spend more time than planned. Lots of horse poop. As for the day, Not a big pay off view to be found, but a nice Late fall day hike. Parts were covered in packed snow. Elberts creek is raging due to the lake being drained. I took the log across the creek. My partner went barefoot through it. The waterfall and creek crossing were the highlights. Compared to many hikes in the area, this is one of the easier ones for sure.

hiking
5 months ago

Great quick hike! Beautiful setting trough the woods along a creek with water falls.

This trail is wonderful. We are beginners and had an easy time. It is about 70% shade. There is one part of the trail where the creek has overrun the path but we got across by balancing on a log. The water was about 2 feet deep, or we would’ve just walked through. The only downside to the hike is that there is horse poop the entire way. People really need to have a bag behind their horses. It’s a shame. It borders on littering.

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike through the pines, beside small falls, then out in the sunshine. We saw a huge Great Horned Owl. All Trails came in handy keeping us from accidentally diverting onto other trails. Will definitely come back to this area to hike other loop trails here.

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6 months ago

Hilly, water crossing, waterfall. Good for a short hike. Dog friendly

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6 months ago

Beautiful trail! Way too many forks. Download your map. Lots of horse poo. Pretty stream for some of it and Mountain Views. Rocky. More like 4.2 mls

hiking
6 months ago

Very pleasant walk through the woods.

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muddy
off trail
rocky
7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Lovely trail! Half of the trail has sun exposure and the other half is woodsy - basically be sure to bring sunscreen and bug spray. There are a few turn offs so I agree that downloading the map was very helpful in certain spots.

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bugs
8 months ago

Definitely would do this trail again. There were lots of mosquitos/bugs due to the weather (rain) this year. The trail isn’t mapped well, but using the app while on the trail helped. We didn’t do the whole trial because it wasn’t marked well of which way to go so we went shorter, but it was very enjoyable. Starting right seems like it would be the easier hike, but starting from the left wasn’t bad. There is about an equal amount of shade to sunny and narrow trail and open spaces. The lake is also really nice and you can hear and see streams along the path.

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bugs
8 months ago

Great hike. bugs present but not too bad if you keep moving.

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bugs
8 months ago

Agree with several of the reviews regarding trail markings so be prepared with a map or a good overview of the trail options. My stars are based on the mosquitos, if with kids who are not accustomed, be ready for a shorter hike!

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bugs
8 months ago

Mostly wooded with some nice meadows... I went in June and there were swarms of mosquitoes, especially in the lower areas. I was in the area for a limited time and, while the hike was pleasant (and very accessible, even if you’re struggling with the altitude, which I was!) I probably would not have selected this hike if I had it to do again, but would do a bit more research into what the area has to offer. Download the map - we would have taken several wrong turns without it. The trail is not marked.

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snow
11 months ago

Having worked in La Plata county and knowing search and rescue volunteers, I find it unforgivable that trails in areas where the weather can turn at any moment and getting lost isn’t just a “bummer,” it could get you killed are more often than not not marked at all. It is a beautiful network of trails with a system that could easily be expanded, the cross country skiing tags on some portions of some trails. Great for dogs-I brought mine and she had a great time-and a fairly decent workout. “Moderate” is accurate. But bring your gps device and changes for weather. Without the AllTrails app I would probably still be wandering around!

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Mon Oct 01 2018

Did with baby and dog - challenging but doable.

Mon Sep 10 2018

Nice hike for kids and dogs. Lots of trees and shade.

Mon Sep 03 2018

This trail has many trails interlinked with it but if you drive past where the GPS drops you off and find the actual trail head it is a nice little loop. Not challenging or any great views by any means, but it's a nice loop to do in the morning to get some exercise and be in nature.

Fri Aug 17 2018

Pros: 70% shade Cons: no signage, manure everywhere, no cave access— walked by 3 times, but never found, no good views.

Tue Aug 07 2018

Beautiful lake - the trail could use some better markings - it is easy to wander off but overall a good portion of shade and relatively flat.

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Fri Aug 03 2018

Trail is very pleasant but could have better markings. Great for day hiking with family or pets.

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Mon Jul 30 2018

Very nice trail. Difficult to navigate. Lots of beautiful scenery, a couple waterfalls, cool mining site. Lots of shade. Worth the trek. This is also a horse trail so watch out for horse poo.

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Sun Jul 29 2018

We did this walk with kids (both under 10) and found it fairly easy. Most of the trail is nice - unremarkable - but nice enough. The sections along the creek are pretty and the trees provide a bit of shade on a hot day. The kids also liked the old mine and other remains along the trail. We did not do the section that over looks the lake.

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Fri Jul 06 2018

Shady trail. The first part is great because you hike near a creek and come across an old mine. Trail isn’t marked well so it was a bit hard to navigate. Bring your lunch and enjoy it overlooking the lake!

Fri Jul 06 2018

Great hot weather hike! Very serene with some short interval hills. Much of the hike is tree covered for great shade.

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Sat May 12 2018

Loved this trail! Perfect if you’re looking for a simple day-hike. Only negative is the trail isn’t marked very well, in my opinion. We will definitely be back.

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