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Trails:

Durango boasts some of the best trails in North America. From epic High Country rides to hour long power-lunch sessions, one can find it all in the Southwest. What's more, the terrain is varied enough to please the biggest hucksters.

At Pedal the Peaks, we don't just sell the gear to get you to the top, we can tell you how to get there and back. Considering there are over 50-plus trails in Durango - and the surrounding areas - a little advice might be just what you need to get started.

Below is a list of some of our favorite trails. There are many more trails to discover in Durango. Once again, call us if you need more information.

Horse Gulch:

From two-hour epics to 30-minute cruises, Horse Gulch is the master of the local scene in Durango. The trail head starts at 8th Avenue and 3rd Street, with a parking lot along the tree line. One can also begin the trail near Fort Lewis College. Other riders choose the Carbon Junction or Sale Barn trailheads. Whatever the case, be ready to expect good climbs and technical descents.

Durango Mountain Park:

Big air, tough climbs and more small loops than you can shake a stick at describes one of Durango's best loved trail systems. Sometimes called the "test tracks" the Durango Mountain Park trail system boasts some of the most unique riding in the area. What's more, there seems to be new trails evolving almost daily. The trail begins in a myriad of locations. We recommend you come visit us to learn more about this exciting area.

Haflin Creek:

Epic downhill riding is Haflin Creek. It is also one of the most beautiful rides you'll do in Durango. It begins off of Missionary Ridge and descends to the Animas Valley. The ride takes you through aspen meadows, pine forests and sandstone formations made by Haflin Creek. The lower portion of the trail will have you negotiating some of the tightest switch backs in all of Colorado.

Hermosa Creek Trail:

Probably one of Durango's finest epic rides is the Hermosa Creek trail. The ride takes you through the Hermosa Creek drainage, which gets you close to nature, like you wanted to be in the first place. Through a river, over bridges and past the grazing cows of summer, you won't be disappointed on the Hermosa Creek trail. One begins the trail either at the Upper Hermosa trail parking area or Lower Hermosa trail parking area. You can shuttle this beauty of a trail, loop-it on hwy 550 or do an out-and-back ride. Whatever the case, you'll be begging for more when you're finished.

Colorado Trail - Hoffheins Connection:

You won't find a better 20-miles in all of Durango. That about sums up the Colorado Trail - Hoffheins loop. The ride begins off of 25th street, which turns into Junction Creek Road. There is ample parking at the trailhead, bathrooms and awesome scenery, if you're into hanging out. Begin the long climb up to Gudy's Rest with plenty of water and food - it's going to be a long one to the top. At the top, enjoy the view of Durango and the surrounding La Plata range. Get back on your bike and head another 1/8 mile to the Hoffheins connection. Take a left and head downhill. You'll come to another intersection. You can go left and head back to Lightner Creek road or head back up the trail and onto Dry Fork Trail. Lightner Creek will lead you back to civilization and Dry Fork will lead you onward to more single track. Whatever the case, come by the shop for all your cycling needs.

Molass to Coal Bank:

It is time to go big! The high-country rides in the San Juans are not for the faint of heart. These rides are full of peril at every turn. The rides are technical, physically challenging and probably the coolest thing you'll ever do. You'll begin your day by shopping for inclement weather gear at Pedal the Peaks. Once you're through with the details, it is time to head up to Molass pass - be sure to start early! At the top of the pass, park your car, get out your camera and lube your chain, it is time to begin. Head North - like you are heading to Silverton - for approximately 200 yards. Keep looking left, until you see a Colorado Trail sign (it is right off the highway on the West side of the road). Head onto the trail and start climbing. After roughly six miles, you'll have a break, but it is back to work very soon. The trail winds through miles of mountain meadows and rich pine forests. You'll know you're at the top of the climb by the rock cropping. Soon you'll come to a junction - head left and down through a series of technical switch backs Keep heading left as your reach a meadow. Engineer mountain will be directly ahead of you. Climb, and climb out of the meadow until you reach the Clear Creek trail, which is right in front of Engineer mountain. Now it is time to head back down to Coal Bank pass. If you are the lucky type, your car should be parked and full of snacks. If you are the nutty type, then you'll be heading back up North on 550 to Molass, where you've stowed your car for the ride home.



Links:
Trails 2000
Mountain Bike Review.com
Durango Wheel Club
Chain Ring Action
NSMB.com


 


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