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Missionary Ridge Trail System BikingHikingTrail Running

Condition
Good

Notes: Trail reporter Terry states that First Fork Trail in good condition. A couple of patches of snow and mud but mostly dry. Red Creek Trail in good condition as well. Missionary Ridge still snowy near Red Creek Trail.

Trail Length
28 miles
Distance from Durango
10 miles
Directions
Gain
ft
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Missionary Ridge Trail System

Biking, Hiking, Trail Running
Durango to TH

10 Miles

Gain
Condition

Good

Trail Length

28 Miles


The Missionary Ridge trail network is an unknown gem even to most locals. There are multiple trailheads that offer a selection of generally snow-free, three-season hikes in the low country. In spring, aspen corridors are carpeted with purple larkspur and sunny dandelion. Spears of lupine and wood’s rose fill green glades with sublime fragrance. Look out from the well-earned ridge top to the La Plata range and the San Juan Mountains. Great review in The Durango Herald.

 

Map & Directions

Map Coordinates: 37.339732, -107.798406

Where's the Trailhead?

dIRECTIONS TO TRAILHEAD

To main trailhead:

Drive 4.3 miles on CR 240 east from its junction with East Animas Road, to the first entrance of Durango Hills subdivision. Turn left on paved CR 249 and set your odometer to 0.0. At 0.3 miles, turn left on Nusbaum. At 1.0 miles, go straight on Stagecoach and FS 071. At miles 2.0, turn left and downhill, passing a spur to the right. Follow FS 071 signs to the top. At 2.2 miles, turn right on Silver Mesa, then continue straight on Silver Mesa at 2.6. At 3.0, you’ve reached the trailhead. Or, if you prefer to hike UP: (Watch for downhill bikes) At U.S. Highway 550 and Trimble Lane (County Road 252), zero-out your trip meter and drive east. At 0.9 mile, turn left/north on East Animas Road (County Road 250). At 3.6 miles, turn right at the Stevens Creek Trailhead. There is room for only one vehicle. Drop a car and head back south on County Road 250. The roomy parking lot for the Haflin Creek Trailhead is on the left at 7.5 miles. Alternatively, if you wish to go directly to Haflin from Durango, it is 5.4 miles north from the corner of East Animas Road and Florida Road (County Road 240), on the right.

 

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