Purgatory Trail

EASY 23 reviews

Purgatory Trail is a 5.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Durango, Colorado that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, birding, and horses and is best used from March until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
5.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1046 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

horseback riding

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

rocky

This trail is used for Camping. Heads down on Switchbacks, in to the forest. Opens up in Purgatory Flats area on Cascade Creek. A rest stop for main camp site, then from there you cam hike different trails.

21 days ago

2 months ago

I went with my family this March. It was covered with snow, and with our feet sinking every 15 steps, the trail was much harder than the "easy" rating. However, the snowy mountains and frozen creeks were beautiful. If you have the gear for the winter hike, I highly recommend it!

backpacking
4 months ago

A beautiful hike. It was an amazing way to spend the day. Breath taking views.

5 months ago

5 months ago

7 months ago

Incredible views!!

7 months ago

Gorgeous views .. Easy hike

backpacking
7 months ago

Beautiful fall mountain views lead you to an aqua oasis and much more on this easy day hike.

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

9 months ago

Great little trip to the creek. Valley views are excellent.

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Gorgeous views of the mountains and a beautiful walk along the Animas river. Recommend having Off as mosquitos were numerous. My phone showed the trail as being 5.9 miles and we did not quite make it to the bridge and picnic tables. Some may find the 1000' climb back out challenging. Worth every minute!!

9 months ago

What an awesome hike! Definitely recommend this to anyone in the Durango area. Gorgeous views, and if you leave early enough you're alone on the trail.

hiking
10 months ago

11 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

We hiked the first part. Very nice trail. Worked well with my family (5yr, 3yr, 1.5 yr) though the youngest spent most of the time in a pack, but was able to some of the smoother parts. Most of trail going out was a gentle downhill slope (with some steeper switchbacks). We stopped at a beautiful overlook of the flats below and the snowy peaked tops beyond. Then hiked back up to the car.

hiking
Sunday, August 02, 2015

Saturday, May 30, 2015

camping
Saturday, March 28, 2015

Ski Area is a Great place to camp. I camped near a ski area road.2004,June