Molas Pass is a popular place for high country trail access just north of Durango.
Most commonly used as a mountain bike route, ride up Hermosa Park Road to East Fork onto Hwy 145, you can ride north up Hwy 145 to Scotch Creek and return to Hermosa.
Meeting with the Highland Mary Lakes connector, Cunningham Gulch bring you to unhindered views of Mount Rhonda, Kendall Peak, and Little Giant Peak before ending at the Colorado Trail.
Graysill Trail spurs from the Colorado Trail (at high country) to Cascade Creek Trail and gains/ascends 1,770 feet in 3 miles.
The Highland Mary Lakes trail is an exception, providing day hikers quick access to this alpine wonderland.
West Lime Creek Trail (FS #679) follows provides access to a variety of high-country trails, waterfalls, dispersed campsites and excellent views.
Coal Creek is a popular downhill bike route to the highway, accessed from Deer Creek Trail or Engineer Mountain Trail.
Engine Creek Trail is part of a loop for mountain biking and hiking starting from the Molas Pass Campground.
Cascade Creek follows along the western base of the mountain and often sees less traffic than other popular high-country trails in the area.
Pass Trail is a great mountain bike ride or hike for most everyone, located near Engineer Mountain Trail.