Highline Trail to Taylor Lake

EASY 10 reviews
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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 beautiful wild flowers 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.

DISTANCE
2.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
200 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
24 days 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.

backpacking
8 months ago

Loved this beautiful little trail.

hiking
11 months ago

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.

backpacking
Sunday, June 18, 2017

hiking
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.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

off road driving
Tuesday, September 22, 2015

mountain biking
Wednesday, October 08, 2014

hiking
Sunday, August 18, 2013