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Burnt Timber Trail

Basics
Location:
Northeast of Durango
Setting:
Mountainous
Length:
14 mile roundtrip
Difficulty:
Difficult
Time:
8 to 9 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
8500 feet
Elevation Change:
3100 feet
Season:
Summer - Fall

Description

The trail was named for a fire that swept through the area years ago. Large stands of aspen now flank the trail. You gain 1,000' in elevation the first mile. The trail continues climbing and meandering north to the junction with City Reservoir Trail #542 at 11,600' elevation.

Water sources and camping spots are few. The trail crosses small streams after mile 4. The alpine meadows are full of blooming wildflowers in late July and in August. This area has excellent views and photographic possibilities. As with all high- altitude areas, storms can move in rapidly, bringing severe wind, lightning, rain, snow, or hail at any time of year. Plan accordingly.

Details

Location:
Northeast of Durango
Setting:
Mountainous
Length:
14 mile roundtrip
Difficulty:
Difficult
Time:
8 to 9 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
8500
Elevation Change:
3100
Season:
Summer - Fall
Useful Map(s):
USGS Quads: Lemon Reservoir, Mountain View Crest

Map + Directions

Basic Directions

Travel east from Durango on Florida Road (CR #240) to the junction with CR #243, which goes to Lemon Reservoir. Continue about 6.5 miles to the Transfer Park Campground, traveling through the Florida Campground. The Burnt Timber Trailhead begins just outside the campground.


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