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Fort Lewis Trail/Rim Trail can be accessed by climbing from the bottom of Chapman or drive up to the top by Fort Lewis College and follow around the college’s Rim Drive. The Rim Trail is a great, relatively easy hike which offers great views of town.
Nature Trail/Sky Steps: Centennial Nature Trail at Fort Lewis is a mile trail that connects Fort Lewis College and Durango. It offers a beautiful view of Durango and an up-close look at nature. It is also the site of the Sky Steps, a 500 step stairway that extends from town to the college. The Nature Trail begins at the south edge of the college, near the chapel and descends 300 feet. After a series of turns, the hike comes to an end at E. 10th Street and 6th Avenue. From Durango, follow North College Drive, or 8th Avenue, to Rim Drive. Parking is available across from the chapel. This is the downhill version of the nature trail hike.
Lion’s Den: Lion’s Den Trail is a relatively easy hike, great for kids. As with all trails in the area, there is a chance of wildlife sightings. This path is a multi-use trail, so hikers should use caution since the trail is also used by bikers. The trail is located across from Fort Lewis College Recreation Complex, complete with a playground, covered picnic areas, restrooms and softball fields. From Durango, follow E. 3rd Avenue northeast to merge with Florida Road. Continue 1.7 miles, turning right on College Drive. Follow uphill for 1 mile and take the 2nd right west onto Rim Drive. Follow for mile to the edge of the mesa. Turn left into the first dirt parking lot on your right. Or turn right and follow Rim Drive north to Lion’s Den, where off-road parking is available on the left.
Lamp Post: A short trail from the 8th street hill up to College
Squawker: Behind the FLC dorms, head to Goeglein Gulch to connect to Talker and over to Powerline.
Talker: Goeglein Gulch road up to Powerline
Shocker: Powerline down to Goeglein Gulch where you can cross the road and head up Shocker to the College.
From Durango, follow North College Drive, or 8th Avenue, to Rim Drive. Parking is available across from the chapel. Or, access from Chapman Hill Parking Lot: From Durango follow E. 3rd Avenue northeast to merge with Florida Road. Take Florida and travel straight through the roundabout; after the roundabout, Chapman Hill is on your right hand side.
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