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

Go early, trail gets crowded. Beautiful wildflowers.

We only went 3 miles up and back down, but it was so beautiful!!! Lots of wildflowers and beautiful views of the mountains !

Wildflowers are prime! Stunning. Pretty good workout.

Another special hike up this great trail through a sea of Wildflowers.

hiking
1 month ago

Great view from the top!!

snowshoeing
6 months ago

Very difficult with snowshoes, but worth the effort. I didn't see a single person out and back, just a lot of wildlife tracks. Including big kitty. Navigating is very tricky because of the snow, so I brought my GPS watch + compass and it worked out fine. Bring an Ice axe, as some of the switchbacks can be deadly if you take a fall.

I was only following the general outline of the loop, and kept going south beneath the face of Engineer Mountain....after awhile I felt the trail was not looking back to the trailhead and just figured it best to keep on it to the highway. So I ended up on 550, 4 miles and 1,400 feet below my car. Incredible hike....just an FYI

hiking
10 months ago

Easy to find and to navigate. Stunning views from the summit. A delightful taste of the high country outside of Durango without being overly intimidating for the relatively uninitiated.

Great first hike for flat-landers. The hike did kick my butt--glad we brought enough water. Beautiful views of alpine meadows, ponds, and vistas.

hiking
11 months ago

Though my dog and I didn't make it all the way to the rock-scattered top (because dogs are even less fond of souvenir handholds than I am), we stuck it out until the scrambling started looking a bit too dicey. Until the sharp ascent starting at Engineer's base, the hike was slow and leisurely, with a series of gently sloping switchbacks leading through fields of bobbing wildflowers and aspen groves before darting up into the forest proper. I took my time, despite the relatively high mileage for a day hike (for me, at least), and stopped to admire my favorite flowers: zauschneria, coreopsis, bluebell, prairie-fire and, later, past the tundra line, purple and blue columbine. I'm hoping to try for the summit next weekend, this time with gloves and climbing shoes and without my long-suffering pup, but I'll probably start off at Coal Bank Pass and head straight up.

hiking
11 months ago

Went up halfway and enjoyed wildflowers and amazing views

hiking
Sunday, July 16, 2017

Spectacular hike! I would rate this one as Hard. You will enjoy wild flowers everywhere along the way, including Columbines, our beautiful state flower. I would definitely hike this again!!!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Great trail. Look forward to doing it again.

I hiked this loop clockwise. I'm not sure why the previous reviewer said they couldn't find a campsite. The meadows contain many places to camp. There was even a premade fire pit at the junction of Coal Creek Trail and the spur from Engineer Mountain Trail. Beautiful hike as wildflowers were in full bloom.

hiking
Tuesday, July 04, 2017

My husband and I set out for an overnight backpacking adventure. We've hiked the pass creek trail to Engineer base/ "the meadow" several times in previous summers. We took a right where pass creek trail ends and followed until we looped around to coal creek trail. The wildflowers were beautiful! (See photos) we decided to hike back to highway 550 since we couldn't find a place to camp and it was getting cold. Coal creek trail is somewhat steep at times. Nothing major, but where there's steepness there isn't a flat spot to camp. Really enjoyed this dayhike!

Some mud. Many bikes on 4th of July weekend. Start early for solitude.

hiking
Monday, June 26, 2017

Wow. Perfect hike... I went to molas pass at road and turned around. Incredibly beautiful, there was even snow on ground!!!! Interesting hike different terrains would definitely recommend it.

hiking
Friday, June 23, 2017

Hiked up to the summit on June 19, 2017. It was a very fun hike and sometimes challenging. There was plenty of snow at the beginning of the trail and through the meadow. We lost the trail for a little bit making the hike harder and longer than it had to be. There is some rock scrambling as you get close to the top.

hiking
Sunday, June 18, 2017

backpacking
Sunday, June 18, 2017

Sunday, December 18, 2016

We love this hike! It's strenuous but has a very high return on investment with incredible views. If you are able to scrabble on shale and climb over a 4-5 ft ledge in the chimney to get to the very top, it's totally worth it. Its truly the feeling of standing on top of the world. Oh, and for only-average experienced hikers like us, there was this great gasp-and-moment-of-fear scrabbling over the chimney as we looked at the shale coved ledge we could slide off. It turned out to be a huge confidence builder as we realized after, it was no big deal.

hiking
Thursday, August 25, 2016

After a recommendation by our friend Debra VanWinegarden (see her blogspot) we enjoyed shoulder high wildflowers and gorgeous views. Our time was short so we only hiked to the "bus stop" log and after a quick snack got back to our car just in time before an afternoon storm.

hiking
Saturday, August 13, 2016

Gorgeous views. Wish I brought an actual camera and not just my phone.

mountain biking
Thursday, August 11, 2016

beautiful ,worth it

hiking
Saturday, August 06, 2016

Got up super early. TH at 6:30 and at 49 degrees. Mostly cloudy. Wildflowers were popping. Breath taking views. 2l of water was fine for a cool day. The incline up was pretty mellow and the trail is well maintained. Once up in the meadow, took a left. Went further than expected. Found out trail will take you down to Cascade Creek.

hiking
Thursday, July 23, 2015

Great day hike!

hiking
Saturday, July 11, 2015

The wild flowers are unbelievable. Bring a sweatshirt or light jacket and a good camera.

camping
Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Favorite place to camp and backpack.Picture # 8,10 is where I camped . Wide open ,next to trees.Early morning pictures 11,12. When I woke up I looked out into the valley and Elk were running through the grass. Sunny every day,great hiking.1999,june

hiking
Thursday, September 18, 2014

Pass Trail is the most popular route - Hike or Bike - up to the Meadows near the Junction of the Pass and Engineer Mountain Trails (and the scramble to the Summit of Engineer Mountain). There is substantial Parking a short way in along a Dirt Road across from and just a bit North of the Coal Bank Pass Pullout (with its Bathroom facilities) - but even this can get a bit crowded on good Summer Weekends. The first 2/3rds of the Trail is Tree-covered good-quality Single-track (with a few Snowbanks tucked alongside the Trail lasting well into June). The last 1/3rd traverses Open Meadows bathed in Wildflowers throughout most of the Summer and even into Autumn. The views from this upper portion include Engineer and Grand Turk and Sultan Mountains plus Snowdon and Twilight and even peeks of the West Needle Mountains across the other side of the Lime Creek drainage. If one still has Time and Energy, Pass Trail can be included as part of several different Loop or Shuttle Hikes.

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