Molas Pass BikingHikingTrail RunningWinter Recreation


Notes: 6.25.20 Snow on North Face but passable

Trail Length
Distance from Durango
41 miles
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Molas Pass

Biking, Hiking, Trail Running, Winter Recreation
Durango to TH

41 Miles




Trail Length

Part of the Colorado Trail (High Country) system.

A popular place for high country trail access just north of Durango, Molas Pass is a scenic overlook of surrounding mountains and valleys. The Colorado Trail (High Country) crosses Highway 550 near the top of Molas Pass.

On the west side of the road, just north of Molas Pass Overlook, is Little Molas Lake. Little Molas Lake offers campsites and a trailhead for the Colorado Trail. North of Little Molas Lake on Highway 550 is Big Molas Lake, with a larger more developed campground. Big Molas Lake is popular during warm seasons for fishing, hiking, and established campsites.

Map & Directions

Map Coordinates: 37.737195, -107.697378

Where's the Trailhead?


Molas Pass Overlook and Parking Area

From 9th Street and Main Avenue in Durango, head west on 9th Street toward Camino Del Rio (Highway 550). Turn right (north) onto Highway 550 and continue for 47.5 miles over Molas and Coal Bank Passes towards Silverton, Colorado.

From Silverton, turn left at the intersection before town to stay on Highway 550 north. In 2 miles turn left onto CR 7/FS Road 585 near Mineral Creek and continue for 7 miles to the trailhead and parking area.


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Trip Reports and Recent Photos

Colorado Trail at Molas Pass

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Submitted by: Dan Brown


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