Part of the Fort Lewis College trail system.
Skyline Trail is a great out and back trail with an option to loop into Horse Gulch trail system. You will get your switchback training in, for sure.
This trail winds its way up Raider Ridge to a viewpoint with spectacular 360-degree views of Durango, the Animas Valley, and Horse Gulch. From the viewpoint, you can follow the Sugar trail, which connects Horse Gulch Road to Skyline, or a very technical trail along the ridge on Hyper Extended Ridge and down into Horse Gulch, or backtrack the way you came and learn how to do switchbacks going downhill! To access Skyline Trail, there is a small parking area in the Skyline subdivision.
Map & Directions
Map Coordinates: 37.293752, -107.831883
Where's the Trailhead?
dIRECTIONS TO TRAILHEAD
From 9th Street and Main Avenue in Durango, head south on Main Avenue. On 6th Street (E. College Drive) turn left and follow E. College while it continues up to Fort Lewis College Mesa. At the roundabout continue straight onto College Drive/Goeglein Gulch then turn right onto Jenkins Ranch Road. Continue straight through all the roundabouts to the end of the road and find a parking area for the Skyline trail to your right.
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Trip Reports and Recent Photos
Submitted by: Jake
Had a great time on this trail. Tons of switchbacks and a quick ascent make for a great cardio hike. Shade improves as you get closer to the ridge, then disappears as you walk the ridge. If it’s hot, make sure to bring plenty of water. Amazing view of Durango and the surrounding areas once you hit the top of the ridge. It’s worth the climb!