West Lime Creek BikingHikingTrail Running


Notes: 5.2.21 spring conditions

Trail Length
2.5 miles
Distance from Durango
34 miles
1100 ft
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West Lime Creek

Biking, Hiking, Trail Running
Durango to TH

34 Miles


1100 Feet



Trail Length

2.5 Miles

Photo by Hank Blum

Part of the High Country trails system at Engineer Mountain Trail

West Lime Creek Trail (FS #679) follows West Lime Creek for several miles, then crosses and leaves it. There are several waterfalls along the creek. Usually, there is an abundance of wildflowers in July and August. All water from the creek should be filtered, to prevent problems with Giardia. The trail fades out between the Twin Sisters, but with a compass and a topographic map, it is possible to navigate a route to the Twin Sisters or Colorado Trail. From here you can head north or south, climbing either of the Twin Sisters, or another high point has a spectacular view and excellent opportunities for photography. West Lime Creek Trail is part of Lime Creek Road, a motorized route with dispersed camping opportunities. Lime Creek Road also brings you to parking for Spud Mountain.

Map & Directions

Map Coordinates: 37.741264, -107.753048

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. This access point is found some 39 miles north of Durango on U.S. 550. The trailhead is about 1 mile north from the low point between Coal Bank Pass and Molas Pass, on the big, sweeping hairpin turn. Parking is on the east side of the road in the large turnout south of the trailhead. To reach the trailhead, one must cross the highway and walk roughly 40 yards up the road. The trailhead leads off on the north side of the creek.


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