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The Hermosa Creek trails connect you to a variety of high country routes from Jones Creek to Pinkerton or upper Hermosa to Bolam Pass or Hotel Draw. There are several route options including an out and back on the singletrack portion of Hermosa Creek Trail. The main trail is very obvious. You will see several trail junctions along the way, but the main Hermosa Creek Trail is always the most well-worn route. The “out” portion is 12.7 miles of rolling terrain and gentle climbing and turns around at the Dutch Creek Trail junction. Don’t make the rookie mistake believing Hermosa Creek is all downhill from Purgatory; it’s not.
Hotel Draw/Corral Creek/Hermosa Creek Loop: To access Hotel Draw / Colorado Trail / Corral Draw / Hermosa Creek Loop from the parking area, backtrack out to Hermosa Park Road and turn left. Ride on Hermosa Park Road for about 2-3 miles before turning left onto Hotel Draw at the junction with Bolam Pass Road. Climb just over 4 miles until the road levels out and look for a gate and small parking turnout on your right. Join the Colorado Trail here by turning left onto the trail. Follow the Colorado Trail about 3 miles of rolling and climbing terrain. The Colorado Trail crosses dirt roads several times in this 3 miles, but just keep an eye out for the Colorado Trail insignia. At a nice overlook point on the Colorado Trail a very obvious sign for Corral Draw Trail will point you downhill and to the left. Take this left and ride/hike mostly downhill for about 5 miles of very narrow singletrack. Nearing the end the trail takes an abrupt left turn out onto a very exposed cliff overlooking Hermosa Creek. Use caution as you descend this final section and connect with Hermosa Creek Trail. Turn left and head uphill on Hermosa Creek Trail. After about 2-3 miles you will reach the northern trailhead and the start of your route. Ride length about 12-14 miles.
Jones Creek / Pinkerton-Flagstaff / Dutch Creek Loop: To access Jones Creek / Pinkerton-Flagstaff / Dutch Creek Loop from the trailhead parking area near the bathroom, backtrack on Lower Hermosa Road, Jones Creek Trail starts several hundred yards up the road on your right. Climb Jones Creek Trail for about 5 miles where it enters a grassy meadow in a stand of aspens. Turn left here onto Pinkerton-Flagstaff Trail and continue climbing along the ridge. You will encounter several hike-a-bike sections if you are mountain biking this loop. This section along the ridge is about 4-5 miles long and it will take you some time. In a heavy aspen treed area the trail joins with Dutch Creek Trail. Turn left here and downhill. Dutch Creek Trail is a mostly downhill trail that runs along the creek and through lots of aspen groves and creek crossings. The final 1/2 mile of Dutch Creek Trail includes a hefty climb before a fast descent and a connection with Hermosa Creek Trail. Turn left on Hermosa Creek Trail and ride 4 miles back to the trailhead and the start of your ride. Ride length is approximately 19 miles.
To access Hermosa Road (upper road by Purg): Start at Purgatory Resort and park and ride up the road or /shuttle to the top parking lot at Hermosa. To access Hermosa Creek Trail Out & Back: Take 550 North from Town and turn left at Hermosa Park Road. Cross the railroad tracks and follow up the road to the southern Hermosa Creek Trailhead located about 4 miles up Lower Hermosa Road which starts near the railroad track crossing in the small town of Hermosa north of Durango. Find the trail heading north near the junction of several dirt roads near the parking area.
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