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Panoramic views of the Animas Valley

Moderate hiking trail from the end of 32nd St. West to remarkable panoramic views of the Animas... read more

Reviewed 22 May 2017
Durango, Colorado
Great day hike

Great day hike. Good elevation gain and great views of Durango. Multiple trail options and several... read more

Reviewed 9 May 2017
Jeremiah B
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Located in the San Juan National Forest, this eight-mile trail leads to the top of a mesa where you can get a fabulous view of the area. Separate trails for hikers/horseback riders and mountain bikers are marked with different colors.
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  • Average12%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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Reviewed 22 May 2017

Moderate hiking trail from the end of 32nd St. West to remarkable panoramic views of the Animas Valley, La Plata Mountains and San Juan Mountains

Thank drysubmariner
Reviewed 9 May 2017 via mobile

Great day hike. Good elevation gain and great views of Durango. Multiple trail options and several trail maps along the route. Will do again when I'm in Durango.

Thank Jeremiah B
Reviewed 7 May 2017

This is a beautiful trail, with great terrain, and rewarding views once you reach the top. It's decent elevation gain in a "short" distance, so a good warm up for us "flatlanders" who have found our way into the mountains. As mountain bikers, we rode...More

Thank cass20
Reviewed 18 July 2016

We hiked part of this trail this morning. We did not make it all the way around the loop but hiked 2 miles up and cut back on one of the other trails. This hike is not for the super beginner hiker or anyone out...More

1  Thank Cassie A
Reviewed 14 July 2016

This trail starts right out of the northwest end of town - the complete loop runs 5.5 miles and you'll gain 1,500' of vertical to the top at 8,000'. It's a regular, moderate pitch that's suitable for just about everyone. You can shorten the hike...More

1  Thank cuindurango
Reviewed 30 May 2016

Great views and not too difficult despite elevation gains. I really liked that there were trail maps at several trail junctions. Hard to get lost. It was also easy to change our route plans when there appeared to be a storm quickly approaching on a...More

Thank rcluther
Reviewed 16 May 2016

It starts out and finishes down a bit of a steep stretch, but once up it's a nice rather flat hike. There are some very beautiful boulders and rock areas. Signage is helpful.

Thank debmedh
Reviewed 7 May 2016

This is a wonderful hike very close to town with great views. I found it to be not very strenuous. It was well signed, which was much appreciated, as I was unfamiliar with the area. Lots of good bouldering in the area. Mountain biking also,...More

Thank richandtrudi
Reviewed 23 March 2016

This is definitely suited for mountain biking and the views at the top were incredible. Definitely doable for families, my sister brought my nephew and he did great! The view of Animas lake and turtle valley were great. It also had a nice steady incline...More

Thank Court6785
Reviewed 14 November 2015

This trail is Easy to Moderate difficulty. When on a morning after a rainstorm and the trail was pretty muddy. This is a good trail takes you fairly close to a steep drop off. Views are good and bountiful. Overall the trail is okay and...More

Thank Dean G
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