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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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Overend Mountain Park (Test Tracks)

Ned Overend; photo: Scott DW Smith

Difficulty Rating: Varies
Length: Varies
Usage: All non-motorized
System: In town trails
Connections: From Ella Vita, head straight to the Animas River Trail or to the Spirit Trail in the Tech Center.

The main park area encompasses about 300 acres which does not make for a long bike ride, but oh what a ride it is! The best way to describe Overend Mountain Park is a playground for mountain bikers. Buttery singletracks, bridges, burms, banks, jumps and bumps and trails crisscrossing through green forested gullies. Want to use the force? Try Star Wars and fly down the flume like downhill with zigzags and banks to shake off any imperial tie fighters. Some of the upper trails like Hogsback, Grabens Loop and Hidden Valley offer great views of the city looking east and awesome downhill descents.

Starting from Ella Vita neighborhood, hop on the trail and take your first right at the road and head up to the County landfill. Before you start the climb, you’ll see a singletrack on your right. Follow that trail to your right and climb up, you’ll cross a bridge and continue climbing up. Follow the trail to your right, it will take you down 8 Bells, over to Perins Gulch, turn right and follow the ditch trail where you’ll see a trail continue right in front of you. Follow this to the Hidden Valley trail, where you’ll climb up, stay to your right. This will bring you to the top of Star Wars where you’ll encounter a steep descent, back to Perins Gulch, climb up 8 Bells and go right and then around to the Spirit Trail. This will bring you back to where you parked.

Featured Trails

Hidden Valley: Starting at the Hidden Valley cul de sac, head up Hidden Valley, turn right at the top where you’ll arrive at the top of Star Wars descent; keep your eyes and ears open and at the bottom, slowly turn left to Perins Gulch, head right and up 8 Bells and north over to Hogsbottom, aroudn to the Spirit Trail where you’ll come out at Elle Vita and head to the Animas River Trail or head back on Elle Vita, up and over to Brown’s ridge, down 8 bells, Perins Gulch and back to Hidden Valley
Ella Vita Trail: Take Main Street to 9th, turn right to Roosa, turn right and left again on Avendia del Sol. Park up by the Ella Vita neighborhood and ride/hike straight to the back of the area.
Spirit Trail: Access from the Leyden Street Trailhead; in Durango, take Main Avenue north and turn west onto 22nd Street. Take the 3rd left onto Montview Parkway and follow it for about 0.3 miles. Turn left onto Forest Avenue and take the 1st right onto Leyden Street. Trailhead is located at the end of Leyden Street.
Hogsback Trail: Hogsback Trail is located in Overend Mountain Park and is a great day hike right in the town of Durango. Access from the Leyden Street Trailhead; in Durango, take Main Avenue north and turn west onto 22nd Street. Take the 3rd left onto Montview Parkway and follow it for about 0.3 miles. Turn left onto Forest Avenue and take the 1st right onto Leyden Street. Trailhead is located at the end of Leyden Street.
Other Featured Trails: Ned’s Hill; Perin’s Gulch; 8 Bells

History

The creation of Overend Mountain Park in the late 1990s was an impressive feat of private and public partnership. Ed Zink, Ned Overend and Scott Fleming owned land in the large swath of open space west of Durango then known as the Test Track. Local cyclists had spent years exploring the area’s legendary singletrack and “testing” new mountain bike innovations. At the same time, plans emerged to develop a large swath of property owned by Durangoans Jake Dalla and George VandenBerg. Zink and Overend were able to help the City of Durango negotiate the purchase of the land, and Trails 2000 went to work and raised $55,000, which the City matched for its first-ever open space purchase of 55 acres. Included in the package were 15 miles of some of Durango’s most beloved trails. Trails 2000 conducted a complete overhaul to connect the trails in 2008 and built Hidden Valley, 8 Bells, and Ella Vita trails and continues to maintain the trail network today.

Getting There

Take Main Street to Montview, turn right on Forest to Leyden, left on Leyden and park at the end of the cul de sace.

 

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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