Bear Town Trail Drop: $120 per person, Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Posted by ghsmith76. The vista looked great from Molas. Slept well in my tent. I highly recommend the Avalanche Brewery and the Sultan IPA which is just a few doors down from the Blair Street Hostel. Some scam was in the works, I suspected. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Bike Trails & More. All trails are detailed on this website with maps, descriptions and photos plus GPS & gpx tracks. Chicago Basin, with its promixity to 3 of Colorado's 14'ers, is a popular backpacker destination and is easy to access via the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauage Railroad. All trips are a two person minimum and include drops at the following locations: Highland Mary Lakes Trail: $50 per person. Well detailed & photographed!! The hail was large enough to hurt so I had to essentially dive into a tree and hope that lightening would not choose that tree. Goal for Day 2 was Taylor Lake which I knew would push the altitude envelop but would set me up for the next days at that elevation. It is commonly ridden in the opposite direction, however the 2015 Colorado Trail Race used the south to north course. I was able to leave my car with a friend in Colorado Springs and receive a ride to the Durango Junction Creek Trailhead. This is an excellent opportunity to explore areas that are hard to reach. Pingback: Colorado Trail – Silverton to Lake City | The Adventure Continues, Pingback: Flowers of the Colorado Trail 2019 | The Adventure Continues. Getting to Silverton is its own adventure. …, Plenty of hikers use the train to get up into the San Juan’s.One way scheduled trains take 3½ hours …, Elk Park is the last siding, wye, and flagstop before Silverton. You won’t be disappointed with the variety of places to bike in Durango. trip report by site editor Rick McCharles, day 1 | day 2 | day 3 | day 4 | info page, Durango – Silverton – Molas Pass – Lime Creek. Watch the video from their trip here… Arriving at the pass I met a European who was nearly finished the 500 mile Colorado Trail. The local Durango college, Fort Lewis, boasts three National Championships in mountain biking. The Trail – The Colorado Trail a continuous, narrow path from Denver to Durango for hiking, horseback, and bicycling. At 9,900 feet, you can expect unbeatable proximity to a number of high alpine lakes and trails, including the Ice Lake Basin trail. 18,000) by Roadrunner, the only long distance bus in and out of town. Hike back. Posted on September 11, 2019, in Backpacking, Colorado, Wilderness and tagged Blackhawk Pass, Colorado Trail, Durango, Kennebec Trailhead, Molas Pass, Silverton. The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad …  operates 45.2 miles (72.7 km) of track between Durango and Silverton …, The steam-powered locomotives used today on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad were built during the 1920s. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Oh well, live and learn. No lockers at the train station. It came clear to me why these are some of the highlight miles of the entire Colorado Trail. But if you drive out of town a few miles, you’ll find a few trails worth a hike. The seep came after 7 miles which made for an easier day since that was my only campsite option. Durango – Silverton – Molas Pass – Lime Creek Arrived Durango, Colorado (pop. Across the highway. ( Log Out /  The town lies sandwiched between high passes on Highway 550, aka the Million Dollar Highway, 23 miles south of Ouray and 50 miles north of Durango. ( Log Out /  Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Molas pass Trail Drop: $20 per person. Take in the spectacular scenery of Colorado’s San Juan Mountains and the roaring Animas River as you ride aboard a historic steam-powered locomotive with the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.. Hikers are hitching back and forth the 7 miles to Molas Pass all the time. It’s one of the longest 4x4 roads in the area and gives you access to a plethora of hiking trails, mountain lakes, and spectacular mining sites. The Indian Trail Ridge section of the Highline is fantastic. Put up your tent anywhere you like. One problem I have is loss of appetite while on the trail. This trail starts near the bottom of Coal Bank Pass on the Durango side. For 200 miles (or 320 km), the "C.T." I did have a bit of a headache at Taylor Lake, but nothing bad. The weather was fabulous and the scenery was amazing. The ticket office for the Silverton train opened at 7am. It climbs steadily through aspens and pine trees, and traverses under the East Face of Engineer Mountain. I felt like this was the season I needed to take on the Colorado Trail. I was lucky because a strike occurred very close as in the light and the sound were simultaneous. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. ( Log Out /  I started hitchhiking … in the wrong direction. Getting out of Silverton was another blunder. For adventurous things to do in Durango, just sit back and relax while our experienced guides show you why we offer the BEST Jeep trail tours in Durango. A strong motivator was the incredibly beautiful scenery that epitomize the San Juan’s. It began as the main road for the Silverton mines to connect with the east. Normally I don’t focus on the through hike concept but I did initially hope to complete the entire CT. This route will go past Purgatory Resort, Coalbank and Molas Passes. Storms were forming but I felt like they were going to miss me to the south. , An excellent hostel having closed a couple of years ago, the cheapest room I could find was US$120. I felt like this was the season I needed to take on the, Colorado Trail – Silverton to Lake City →, Colorado Trail – Silverton to Lake City | The Adventure Continues, Flowers of the Colorado Trail 2019 | The Adventure Continues, Follow The Adventure Continues on WordPress.com. The journey that you are about to embark upon follows a portion, or perhaps the entire 485 miles of recreational trail that crosses Colorado from Denver to Durango. Rico-Silverton Trailhead From 9th Street and Main Avenue in Durango, head west on 9th Street toward Camino Del Rio (Highway 550). Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Not as popular as Needleton for hikers, Elk Park is where the railroad crosses the Colorado Trail …. By July of 1882, the tracks to Silverton were completed, and … It traverses six wilderness areas and eight mountain ranges with an average elevation of 10,347 feet. You can just catch it somewhere and walk to your heart's content, or you can make a plan to walk the whole 479 miles. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. My last restaurant meal before hitting the trail.I wandered the town while my togs were drying. Climbing at high altitude was slow and tiring, but thankfully I was not getting sick so my acclimation had worked. With nearly 500 miles of length from Denver Metro to Durango, it may take up to six weeks to complete its entire length. . Problem. (Tried to skimp on kindling.). I knew that acclimating to the altitude was going to be critical for an old backpacker who was coming from an elevation of about 300′ in Oregon. I stayed on the train at both Needleton and Elk Park. I was getting acquainted with my various navigational aids: Guthook App, CT Databook, and my Garmin InReach Mini. Hikers traveling the full length of the trail from Denver to Durango will climb a cumulative 89,354 feet. I had a ride within minutes. Located approximately 50 miles from downtown, it offers a wide variety of outdoor activities and events that attract visitors looking to get out of town for the day. My trek in the Lofoten Islands of Norway got me in pretty good shape but it also meant I would get a late start on the CT. That translated to starting in Durango with the northbound goal of hiking to Denver. Colorado Trail – Silverton to Durango – day 4. trip report by site editor Rick McCharles. Nearly a full moon.more high resolution photos of day 1. My final push into Silverton at Molas Pass presented the most risky weather situation I had to deal with. Hidden in plain sight in the Albertson’s parking lot. Trip of a lifetime This amazing trail starts in Waterton Canyon near Denver and goes all the way to Durango. Day 33 - 10.3 Miles We pulled ourselves out of Silverton just after noon with enough supplies for our final 75 miles of the Colorado Trail. It is a through route, or point-to-point, stretching almost 500 miles from the dusty southern Colorado town of Durango, to Denver (Littleton to be exact). I should have left more STUFF hidden in a garbage bag.The wild flowers are shoulder high in places.I set up in a lovely spot.Failed to get the campfire going this time. Sep 11. The railroad arrived in Durango on August 5, 1881 and construction on the line to Silverton began in the fall of the same year. A local gent drove me up to the correct highway and to the best place to hitch. For lunch I hit the southern Barbecue joint – Thee Pits Again.Pork ribs, baked beans, cornbread … and very British bread pudding for desert. Yes, Silverton, now I was starting to think about those nice cold IPA brews that I would have in town. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. I was encouraged though because my body was not rebelling and I had hopes for getting stronger. 2 Comments. ( Log Out /  This portion covers from Stony Pass to Little Molas Lake. So driving to Colorado was an excellent way to acclimate. Photos cannot capture the wide and unique vista. But I did take advantage of the great viewpoint campsite just north of the seep. Summary: No precipitation throughout the week. Clear skies. Unfortunately the seep occurred in a few places and from my northbound approach I ended up choosing to filter water out of the less desirable seep which ended up clogging my Katadyn water filter with mud. The campground is located four miles off of the highway when traveling west from Silverton. Silverton and Ouray, Colorado have a variety of Jeep and ATV trails from easy graded roads up to one fairly difficult 4WD trail. But not just here, the flowers were awesome throughout my CT Trek. The Continental Divide and the Colorado Trails traverse the high country to the south and east. This elevation range has a major effect on climate. Soak up the scenes of Durango and surrounding mountains with the Animas Mountain Trail. Some Trail travelers, however, find it either more convenient to begin at the Junction Creek Trailhead, the CT’s southern terminus of about 4.5 miles from downtown Durango, or are already acclimatized to high elevations and up for the challenge of climbing from around 7,000 feet in elevation to more than 12,000 feet in the first 23 miles. I was truly in heaven. 18,000) by Roadrunner, the only long distance bus in and out of town. Durango is a biking town and riding up the Million Dollar Highway to Silverton is a classic ride. Segment hike of the Colorado Trail in 2016. It’s a moderate road that takes you 62 miles into the backcountry between Creede and Silverton. Climb over 12,000ft and explore the waterfalls, ghost towns, and wildlife of Colorado above Silverton when you book this Jeep Trail tour! Overall I believe that a late start on the CT is enhanced by taking on the northbound approach. Many had recommended the very LAST section of the 500 mile Colorado Trail – the San Juan’s – as the best part. There are over 2,000 miles of Durango bike trails and hundreds of miles of road for your biking pleasure. Rode it all the way to Silverton. ( Log Out /  I do believe this is the most beautiful portion of the CT. On my 5th day on the trail I was beginning to understand my challenges. Once I reached 11000′ feet I was sucking air. Mineral Creek offers sweeping views of remote waterfalls, fly-fishing access, old mining cabins, and wildlife viewing. 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