Highline Trail to Taylor Lake

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Highline Trail to Taylor Lake is a 2.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Durango, Colorado that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

2.8 miles
200 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly



mountain biking

nature trips






wild flowers



15 days ago

Off reading vehicle preferred, something with high ground clearance, correct tires, and awd/4wd will help. Road is pretty steep in some spots, big rocks. Last bit of the road is 5 miles to the trail top going 5mph, do the math.

16 days ago

The day started out driving up to the Notch. We hike down to where the road end on the other side of the Notch. Very nice views there of Durango. In the drive back down, we saw the lake on the other side. We decided to hike there also. Good easy hike with awesome views of the mountains. Arrived at the lake and the dogs had field day playing in the water. 4-wheel is recommended to get up there but saw a few grocery getters making the trip. Another good weekend in Colorado.

1 month ago

*This trail is closed due to fire as of 7/2/18* We did not know until we reached the top. But read on:
The ride up definitely requires a high clearance vehicle - very rocky, bumpy with areas where we needed 4 wheel drive. Amazing scenery the whole way up - allow for an hour drive. Brilliant wild flowers, , waterfalls, and lush green colors everywhere. We were disappointed to learn upon getting to the top (trailhead) that the trail was closed due to the fast encroaching fires. We could see smoke in the distance. While we couldn’t hike this trail, the ranger there let us walk to the cliff edge for amazing views, as well as walk up to the gulch (about a mile) for views of the other side of the ridge. It was breathtaking. I can only imagine the beauty of the trail we couldn’t go on, but what we did hike/walk sufficed in views!! Absolutely worth the trip. I just hope the fire didn’t/doesn’t reach this amazing area.

2 months ago

Did this hike over Memorial Day weekend. A bit too early for the wildflower extravaganza, but beautiful nonetheless. Columbine Basin still had snow and the waterfall by the lake was in full bloom. This is a good hike for out of town guests because although it is a flat, easy hike, it still offers high-country views — right from the parking lot. A 4-wheel-drive vehicle is needed for the bumpy ride up to the trailhead.

5 months ago

Thursday, June 22, 2017

We didn't even get to make the trip 'cause the access road was way too off-road-y to even get to the trailhead. If you don't have an off-road vehicle, this trail is not for you.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Thursday, June 15, 2017

We've hiked this several times. In July the wildflowers are incredible! Indian paintbrush, corn lily, larkspur. The trail at times can be quite wet, be warned. Just before Taylor Lake there is a trail Junction that goes off to the right climbing above Taylor Lake 500' to Indian Ridge heading north. I'd suggest hiking up at least a ways for a great look over Taylor Lake across the valley to both Cumberland and Columbus basins. You can also circle south of the lake to the pass above Bear Creek Canyon about a mile past Taylor Lake. Nice day hike area if you have a vehicle capable of getting to the trailhead.

3 days ago

Thursday, August 03, 2017

off road driving
Tuesday, September 22, 2015

mountain biking
Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Sunday, August 18, 2013