Trails 2000

Based in Durango, Colorado, Trails 2000 is a 501c3 organization that builds and maintains trails; educates trail users and encourages connectivity on road, path and trail.
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Colorado Trail

Difficulty Rating: Easy to Difficult
Length: Varies
Usage: Hike/Bike only
System: High country
Connections: Dry Fork, Hofheins

The iconic Colorado Trail stretches 500 miles from Denver to its terminus in Durango and is one of the state’s great recreational assets. The trail travels at high elevation through the spectacular Rocky Mountains and traverses craggy peaks, alpine lakes and creeks amongst diverse ecosystems. The trail’s thru travelers experience six wilderness areas, pass through eight mountain ranges and top out a 13,271 feet, just above Coney Summit. The average elevation of the Colorado Trail is over 10,300 feet and users traveling from Denver to Durango will clock 89,354 feet of elevation gain. The trail ends only a short three miles from Durango city limits, allowing easy access from town.

Featured Trails

Colorado Trail at Junction Creek: The Colorado Trail at Junction Creek is one of the best trails in the Durango area, great for both hiking and biking. From the trailhead, you start out on a nice, flat trail that follows Junction Creek. When you reach the bridge, you will have gone about 2.5 miles. After this, the trail begins some steep switchbacks and eventually winds its way up to Gudy’s Rest, which has a sitting spot and nice view of Durango. If you are a beginner, the bridge is a good goal. The trail is quite lovely, and there are pools along the way to play or wade in.
Colorado Trail from High Point to Gudy’s: After Gudy’s Rest (along the Colorado Trail), you can turn left to head down Hofheins and loop back around from Dry Fork, back to the Colorado Trail. Or continue straight and make it to High Point and come on back down. Roundtrip to High Point on a bike is 4-5 hours. Gudy’s can be accessed from Junction Creek Trailhead or Dry Fork.
High Country Access, Rico Silverton Trail: This trail ascends two high mountain passes, thus affording excellent views and good opportunities for photography. Grizzly Peak, Rolling Mountain, and Graysill Mountain are all accessible from the Rico/Silverton Trail, providing mountain-climbing possibilities for those interested. The trail rises above timberline on two occasions, but for the most part winds through a subalpine, coniferous forest. The alpine meadows above timberline typically abound with wildflowers at the end of July and in August. Water and campsites are easily found in this area. Water in this area should be filtered, to prevent problems with Giardia. This section of the Colorado Trail is popular for high elevation routes for mountain biking. Road access to the trail is remote and 4WD, but many long loops are possible.

History

Maintenance of Colorado’s premier long distance trail is undertaken by teams of volunteers who caretake sections. Trails 2000 adopts the longest section in the state–a rugged singletrack from Champion Venture Road (near Kennebec Pass) to the town of Durango.


Getting There

To access Junction Creek Trailhead, head north on Hwy 550 in Durango, take a left hand turn at 25th street (by the Texaco). It will wind through a subdivision and continue on to a country road. Follow this until you cross a cattle guard and park your car in the parking lot.

 

Photos

Visit the Trail Conditions Report for current conditions and photos.

©2018 Trails 2000 • PO Box 3868 • Durango, CO 81301 • 970-259-4682

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