Explore the most popular wildlife trails near Durango with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
4 days ago

I don’t think this is a hard trail. We did it on a Sunday morning. We passed 34 mountain bikers and nine hikers. A lot of shade, a good well marked trail. Took us 3 hours; about 9 miles total from the parking area and back. We went to the right. Counterclockwise was better with the bikers coming the other way.

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.

Beautiful lake - the trail could use some better markings - it is easy to wander off but overall a good portion of shade and relatively flat.

DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS VIA C.R. 204 then 171. It is still closed after Animas Overlook due to 416/Burro Fires. Call San Juan Forest Service before you attempt. Found out the laborious and time consuming way.. Call 970-247-4874 before you go.

Cannot review trail yet : ( sadly
So bummed.

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
11 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

hiking
13 days ago

Trail is very pleasant but could have better markings. Great for day hiking with family or pets.

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.

hiking
17 days ago

Very nice trail. Difficult to navigate. Lots of beautiful scenery, a couple waterfalls, cool mining site. Lots of shade. Worth the trek. This is also a horse trail so watch out for horse poo.

We did this walk with kids (both under 10) and found it fairly easy. Most of the trail is nice - unremarkable - but nice enough. The sections along the creek are pretty and the trees provide a bit of shade on a hot day. The kids also liked the old mine and other remains along the trail.
We did not do the section that over looks the lake.

mountain biking
18 days ago

This is a nice paved (cement and asphalt) trail following along the Animas River. The trail is wide and not difficult at all as there are only a couple of mild inclines along the way. It gives a nice look at Durango from ground level. I gave it a four due to its ease but also that it is a nice tour through Durango. We biked from 32nd ave on the north end to the south end just south of the new water treatment plant being built. We then walked from 32nd north to the end of the trail which is less than a mile and not worth doing.

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.

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
23 days ago

Great day hike. My GPS tracked 9.2 miles in total. We started up on the left loop which is less rocky with better forest cover.

hiking
23 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.

We began the day thinking we would drive up La Plata Canyon and hike the high line trail to Taylor Lake.....the signage isn’t great up there so we decided to follow the one sign that pointed us towards Kennebac Pass. The views were amazing and the hike is easy. Again, the signage not being great we ended up finding an abandoned mine off the trail - there was some slipper points to the mine but glad we stumbled upon this gem of a hike. We didn’t make the whole hike as we turned around after the mine and went back! It was a perfect hike for the kids 6 and 9!

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.

Not a hike by any means, just a nice area with some beautiful views. Love taking my dog off leash here because it’s close to where I live

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 Haviland Lake Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Shady trail. The first part is great because you hike near a creek and come across an old mine. Trail isn’t marked well so it was a bit hard to navigate. Bring your lunch and enjoy it overlooking the lake!

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.

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