Purgatory Trail

EASY 58 reviews

Purgatory Trail is a 7.6 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
7.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1738 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.

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Lovely- good descent in- and out - lovely views- we didn't go all the way to the campgrounds. Lots of aspens.

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1 month ago

Gorgeous fall colors & panoramic views

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1 month ago

We LOVED this trail! Coming from Ohio, the elevation was challenging for us. An easy Colorado trail is equivalent to a moderate to difficult trail back home. The fall colors were amazing, no picture could ever do it justice, you MUST see this place in the fall!! Quite a few people with dogs off leash, but they were all friendly and minded their owners so no issues there. I could spend all day here!

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3 months ago

Loved this trail. Kid friendly (our 3.5 year old mainly rode in the carrier). Pretty views, pretty aspens. Rocky terrain, but not too bad.

3 months ago

Trail drops down 1000 ft into a valley with a beautiful stream. Walk along the stream for about a mile or two through a beautiful meadow. However, it then takes you up about 500 ft and doesn't seem to return to the water, though some cool overlooks along the way. The estimated distance was 5 miles, but the trail goes quite a ways beyond what is marked on alltrails. It was an 8 mile round trip for me via my apple watch and I didn't even go to the end of the trail. Would recommend stopping shortly after you leave the meadow. Wear pants because of the brush and bring backup bug spray depending on time of year and time of day.

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3 months ago

Amazing views. Hikes through Birch tree groves. The river is spectacular and wild raspberries are your reward if you go all the way to the end of the trail (according to this map).