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Great hike. Beautiful stream filled with trout. Went on a Sunday, so saw lots of hikers and bikers. Bikers were incredibly polite and friendly. Many dogs, none of them leashed. A considerable amount of dog crap on the trail and many bags of crap left along the trail....which were there when we hiked up, and still there four hours later when we got down.

Tried hitting the trail today(8/19/18) and it’s closed due to the 416 fire and mudslides.... bummer

Trail from upper trailhead to Gudy’s rest, 6 miles RT. Generally easy. Good trail. Encountered deer & a few hikers, dogs & mountain bikers along the way. Shaded. Great views @ top.

Beautiful - we crossed the creek and went up He west side to the waterfall - about 9.5 miles round trip from the parking lot. Road to parking is very rough and it is further in than you think.

Closed as of 08/10/2018

Beautiful views!!!

Good hike; still decent views despite some smoke. Start early - coming down the west trail doesn’t provide much shade.

8 miles of shaded trail. Lots of hikers, dogs, and bikers were on the trail. Gudy’s Rest was easy to find and the view was pretty.

This is a great hike along the creek with a minimal elevation increase over the first 2.5 miles up to the point where the switchbacks start. A majority of the trail has shade on it so even in the heat of the day, it is a comfortable hike. Also, this hike is great for someone acclimating to the elevation gain.

This is a popular hike due to its proximity to Durango and we saw quite a few people and dogs and bikes on the trail although it was not overly crowded on a Tuesday late morning.

Hiked out to the bridge over Engine Creek on Cascade Creek East Fork trail. Beautiful hike was a little over 6.2 miles out and back from where I parked Jeep.

hiking
16 days ago

3.5 stars.

The Good: the quick rise from the stream bed to overlooking it at 40, 80, and 100 feet up; the conifer forest and wind whooshing through it; for me, the timing worked that I had the bench at Gudy’s Rest for 30 minutes to myself.; a Chimpumk; butterflies and the sound from the creek for most of the journey; 80% shaded; mountain bikers that were courteous; creek water to cool my head in before hearing back; amiable hikers, nude tots gleefully dipping in swimming holes; how easy it is to get to; “pay off” views at very top

The Meh: the creek bottom is perfumed by dog poo, especially on a hot day, the “heavily trafficked” amounted to about 50 people in a 4 hour span, going and coming

Logistics: clean pit toilet at trailhead; parked at lower; 8.7 miles is what I registered round trip from that location

nice hike with great overlook views of Durango and the Animas River as it snakes it's way South. I rate it on the easy side of moderate. mostly a gradual uphill hike. the trail is well marked and is very Rocky. start out at the TH and keep right at all the intersecting trails to see the views.

hiking
29 days ago

11AM: I accepted the late start penalty of heat (for Durango). I’m glad for the instructions of the San Juan Chapter of the Colorado Mountain Club per their book “Best Durango Hikes.” This Trail was #1 in their punch list.

The best tips were about parking, proceeding counterclockwise around the mountain, “when in doubt stay right” and “make a hard left at power poles to get back to parking lot when coming down. The latter saved me from 10 minutes+ of ambling on when I was hot and hungry and ready for the road.

Thumbs up: good directions, easy trail, nice steady gain, wind whooshing through taller trees atop the plateau, being buzzed by a turkey vulture, seeing a horned lizard, and young mountain jays

Also Thumbs Up: Connecting with All Trails users who just had just read a review I posted. **small world and Gig ‘Em Ags**

Thumbs Down: Doggie poop bags left like Easter Eggs on Trail. I hope in the end they got courtes-ly carried away. I will assume the best.

Would go again, starting earlier and making enough space-time for whole loop.

Kudos to the trail runners I saw hoofing it down! You are my every day inspiration.

WENT AGAIN. 8.9.18
Still 3 stars. Started 930am and got back exactly 4 hours later with a long stop, 2 quick snack breaks, lots of pauses for views and photo snapping and an accidental detour too far over on the West side. I think I may have gotten to the top of the Sailing Hawks trails.

Logged 8.2 miles with the detour.

Note to self: go up West side going/coming because trail is more dirt than rock and makes for happy feet!

Thwarted by thunderstorms (and a bear) at Spud Lake, I hoped to redeem my workout here. 90 degree day and a 345pm start wasn’t a good idea but I thought I’d go for it. Not super clear directions to find trailhead for an out-of-Towner. I parked in what I assumed to be right place amidst lots of no-parking-here-you’ll-get-towed signs on feeder road. I was the only car so that made me nervous. Then I saw signs with red letters “10am-2pm daily” that also made me fret—was it during winter only? Was it every day? Was this why I was the only car in the lot on a weekend?

I am too compliant —didn’t go much further than the steep initial scramble and turned around for fear of a ticket or something.

Back in the parking lot a local pulled up and clarified the 10 AM - 2 PM is only during the migration season—which is not now.

I’ll re-attempt at a later date with trekking polls, a hiking partner, and a 630am start.

hiking
1 month ago

nice trail . finding only 6.2 miles to waterfall. Road very rough r we commend 4x4 or high clearance.

Great views and a nice workout.

pretty shady and a stream nearby for 90% of walk so really good one for dogs. pretty easy. took 2.5 hrs with some jogging but also some dog stream play.

We went to hike this trail today (10 July 2018) and found that it is closed for an unknown time because of the 416 fire. A Park Ranger was there preventing parking at the trail head and hiking the trail. I gave it one star because I had to give a star to make the review.

1 month ago

We connected to this trail from the Cascade Village townhomes, where we are staying. This was a quiet trail - didn’t come across any other people. But be on the lookout and prepared- we did see a mama bear and a cub. The creek was beautiful and I loved all the flowers and butterflies on the hike. The route we took had great views of Engineer Mountain!

on Animas Mountain Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Trailhead is right in town so very easy to get to. The city view side is a little loud but a good workout. Saw only about 6 people on this hike during the holiday weekend.

Enjoyable hike to relax along the creek. We had to cut it short with impending thunderstorms though.

hiking
1 month ago

Moderate, very dry trail - rocky on & off. Beautiful views. Be sure to bring water for yourself & your dog!!

It was a mellow hike with a couple of spots at the summit with great views of the town.

Sign at trailhead indicating that it’s closed as of 6/12/18 due to Stage 3 fire restrictions. Sounds like it would have been a good one though!

We stumbled in to this trail and Did not expect much but wow it was really good. You have to pop into the stream it's electric!

hiking
2 months ago

Nice day hike easily accessible from town. I think some people get confused by the maps that are posted. There might be a couple of reasons for that. First, there are a lot of short little side 'trails' that take you to a lookout point and others that might mark a convergence of the two rightmost trails that run parallel to one another going counterclockwise up the mountain. Not all of these are necessarily on the map. It's pretty instinctive though - typically just stick to the trail that looks more used and/or does not have a line of rocks blocking the way. Second, someone mentioned that the maps do not all match along the trail. I think that is because Animas Mountain trail itself hooks up with the 'Dalla Mountain Park' trail system on the Junction Creek side (this is Sailing Hawks and series of other small trails). The picture I posted of the Dalla Mtn Park map indicates "you are here". If it helps to give you a sense of where these trail systems converge, that sign with the Dalla map is physically located where on the Animas Mountain map there is a patch of glare right by the switchbacks. I love bringing my pup up here. Just remember to pack lots of extra water (no such thing as too much) and poop bags. It can get hot even in Spring and Fall; He just takes more shade and water breaks and does fine.

trail running
2 months ago

Easy to find and well trafficked trail. I recommend going early to beat the crowds and mountain bikers. View from the top of the trail is well worth the elevation gain. If I lived in Durango, I’d make this trail a regular.

Wonderful hike. There are 3 falls. The first is at the bridge, the second is off the trail where trail splits. Take the trail to the left, and the third is again on the left where the trail opens up in the large meadow. I missed the last two heading up but found them on the way down.

Good trail, beautiful views!

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