High Country

The hall pass

For those looking for a longer trip, these trails in the high country of the San Juan Mountains are the perfect way to get off the grid for a full day or more.

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All High country trail systems


Cascade Creek Trail

Cascade Creek follows along the western base of the mountain and often sees less traffic than other popular high-country trails in the area.

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Cunningham Gulch

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.

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East Fork Trail

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.

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Graysill Trail

Graysill Trail spurs from the Colorado Trail (at high country) to Cascade Creek Trail and gains/ascends 1,770 feet in 3 miles.

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Purgatory Trail System

Divinity Flow Trail, or Purgatory Flow Trail, located at Purgatory Resort, is a 1.5 mile intermediate trail, and Durango’s longest downhill flow trail.

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Silverton Area Trails

Near Silverton you’ll find a number of thirteeners that can be completed as day hikes, including Kendall Mountain, Kendall Peak and Stony Peak.

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Weminuche Wilderness Trails

Within the wilderness area you can hike to high alpine valleys, mountain peaks and pristine lakes on hundreds of miles of marked trails in one of the largest wilderness areas in the U.S.

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West Lime Creek

West Lime Creek Trail (FS #679) follows provides access to a variety of high-country trails, waterfalls, dispersed campsites and excellent views.

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