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Missionary Ridge Trail BikingHikingTrail Running

Difficulty
Condition
Good

Notes: Red Creek to First Fork was mostly snow covered, but not a lot of down trees. The biggest trees were between First Fork and Hafflin. Maybe a dozen or so. And that section is almost entirely melted out. Some of the trees are quite large.

Trail Length
9 miles
Distance from Durango
10 miles
Directions
Gain
2600 ft
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Missionary Ridge Trail

Biking, Hiking, Trail Running
Durango to TH

10 Miles

Gain

2600 Feet

Condition

Good

Trail Length

9 Miles

Photo Courtesy of Missy Thompson

Part of the Missionary Ridge trails system.

Missionary Ridge Trail is a 9-mile difficult trail along the top of Missionary Ridge. This trail descends/ascends 2,600 feet depending on your direction. 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 alpine rose fill green glades with sublime fragrance. Look out from the well-earned ridgetop to the La Plata range and the San Juan Mountains. Great review in The Durango Herald.

Map & Directions

Map Coordinates: 37.384412, -107.774849

Where's the Trailhead?

dIRECTIONS TO TRAILHEAD

Missionary Ridge Trail southern access Silver Mesa Drive

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 Drive, 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.

Trailwork

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*TENTATIVE* Trail Construction: June 6th

Due to the ongoing nature of COVID-19, our trailwork kickoff has currently been postponed. While we hope we will be able to meet for our First Saturdays Trailwork in June, we are closely monitoring developments, and dates and times may change as a result. Please continue to check in here and on our social media for updated trailwork days!

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