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hiking
4 days ago

Great flat hike. Waterfalls aren't on this trail but on further back to the right. Great views. Will definitely hike this again.

backpacking
8 days ago

Perfect for trail running! I definitely recommend counterclockwise.

scenic driving
14 days ago

From Mesa Verde, we drove 57 miles to Durango, a neat little town and then traveled the beautiful San Juan Skyway and Million Dollar Hwy two and a half hours north and 110 miles to Montrose. The mountains were beautiful, green with aspens and firs, with blue sky and fluffy white clouds. Here were the largest mountain ranges in Rockies…Known in some circles as the most beautiful drive in America – it ranks up there with the Beartooth Hwy and Trail Ridge Road. Leaving Durango, the first major site is Trimble Hot Springs at milepost 30. Although we didn’t see it, hot sulfur water is supposed to simmer along the road… Then the route climbed 4000 ft to Coal Bank Pass- Some people detour to Alpine Slide at Purgatory (Durango Mtn. Resort) at MP 48 while others veer off on Lime Creek Rd MP 51 to see the aspen. We stopped at beautiful Andrews Lake just before the Molas Pass, with gorgeous views of the Rockies and a great picnic area among the fresh smell of fir trees. It was a nice stop – people were fishing the lake and picnicking on a knoll nearby. At MP 63 was Molas Pass (10,910 ft). This was one of the most beautiful spots on the trip, with a wide expanse of space, green meadows, fir trees, mountains and Little Molas Lake to the north. This air claims to be the cleanest in America so we took a deep breath…we could see CO’s largest wilderness (Weiminuche), and a glimpse of the CO Trail (500 mile footpath connecting Durango to Denver). Although we didn’t stop, Little Molas Lake is accessed from gravel rd. on the Hwy’s west (left) side ½ mile north of the Pass. Next came Silverton, a small mining town and the “million-dollar” highway section 23 miles from Silverton to Ouray, a beautiful drive winding along the iron stained (where Red Mtns get their name) Red Mtn skyway and cresting at 11,075 ft at Red Mtn Pass (highest paved pass in the San Juan Mtns.) then descending to awesome Uncompajgre Gorge. The Red Mountains were a beautiful contrast with the green aspens, blue sky and white clouds. We slowed down at MP 90 where Bear Creek Falls plummets 227 ft to canyon below. In quaint Ouray, we passed on walking to Box Canyon Falls at MP92 near the Box Canyon Motel South of Ouray off 550. We could have taken a left onto a gravel road (for a small fee), and seen views beneath the falls, or climbed to a steel bridge spanning the gap above the falls or taken a steep rocky trail to the top. The Uncompahgre River tumbles 285 feet through--not over, through--a cliff - the trail to the bottom of the falls is easy; to the top it is moderate to strenuous. After leaving Ouray the skyway opened wide with lots of valleys and into Ridgway. At Ridgway, we spontaneously took a left at Junction 550 and 62 toward Telluride – a 76 mile RT side trip - the Ralph Lauren ranch (with its white split rail fence) and Mt. Sneffels at 14,150 ft dominated the view at a scenic pullout at MP 14. Telluride was awesome, took the gondola up and did a couple of hikes, then stopped in the gift shop, and headed on up to Montrose as the sun was setting. Absolutely beautiful drive!

hiking
18 days ago

hiking
22 days ago

I only did a 3 mile round trip and didn't make it to the water fall. I had my 3-legged dog with me and I didn't want her to overheat. There were lots of little foot trails, none of them marked. I had no clue where to go. I made it onto a higher trail with lots of shrubs and trees. Beautiful views and lots of shade. I will definitely try this again and hopefully find the waterfall.

on Animas Mountain Trail

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hiking
24 days ago