Pass Creek Trail BikingHikingTrail Running



Trail Length
2.7 miles
Distance from Durango
34 miles
1000 ft
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Pass Creek Trail

Biking, Hiking, Trail Running
Durango to TH

34 Miles


1000 Feet



Trail Length

2.7 Miles

Part of the High Country trails system.

Pass Trail is a great mountain bike ride or hike for most everyone. Climb up the Pass Creek Trail a couple miles to the base of Engineer Mountain. Turn left where the Pass Creek Trail meets the Engineer Mountain Trail just above timberline and head back down the face of Engineer through spruce, aspen, and meadow. Rejoin Hwy 550 just below the truck ramp and pedal 4 quick miles back up to your car. For a hiking variation, hike up to the base of Engineer mountain, and go for the summit, or just turn around and go back the way you came at Picnic rock (you’ll know it when you see it). Bring a lunch and have a picnic.

Map & Directions

Map Coordinates: 37.704243, -107.784033

Where's the Trailhead?


Coal Bank Pass / Engineer Mountain Trail Parking

From 9th Street and Main Avenue in Durango, head west on 9th Street toward Camino Del Rio (Highway 550). Turn right onto Camino Del Rio (HWY 550) and continue north on Hwy 550 past Purgatory Resort toward Silverton. Coal Bank Pass is 35 miles north of Durango, 13.5 miles south of Silverton, on Hwy 550. Slow down after mile marker 56 (it’s between mm 56 and 57), and you will see a parking area and restroom facility on the east side of the road at Coal Bank Pass with a pull off spot with restroom facilities (but don’t park there). Instead, there is a dirt road to the west which is close to the trail head (opposite the rest area) with a small parking area; it is hard to see, so slow down. You will see the trailhead heading north from the parking lot; start there. Make sure you have plenty of water, warm layers, and rain gear. It should take 4 hours to casually hike up and back.


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