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Cascade Creek Trail

Basics
Location:
North of Durango
Length:
12 mile roundtrip
Difficulty:
Difficult
Time:
7 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
9200 feet
Elevation Change:
-2000 feet
Season:
Spring, Summer, Fall

Description

There are two trails, on either side of the creek. The trail on the east is a stock driveway that is steep and muddy in spots. The trail on the west is more pleasant; it stays closer to the stream and is moderate hiking. Directly across the creek is the end of the Cascade Trail, where the west-side trail ends (or turns into Graysill Trail). It is best to cross the creek up a little ways. To the east is Graysill Trail, which continues on until it ties into the Rico-Silverton Trail. There are several beautiful views and waterfalls. Plenty of water is available, but purification is recommended to avoid Giardia.

Small brook and rainbow trout are found in the upper portion of Cascade Creek. Larger fish are found below the confluence of Cascade and Lime Creeks.

Details

Location:
North of Durango
Length:
12 mile roundtrip
Difficulty:
Difficult
Time:
7 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
9200
Elevation Change:
-2000
Season:
Spring, Summer, Fall
Useful Map(s):
USGS Quad: Engineer Mountain

Map + Directions

Basic Directions

30 miles north of Durango on U.S. 550, turn west on the Cascade dirt road (frontage access sign). This road eventually turns into 4WD, but there is a little cul-de-sac area just past the flume where there is some parking. From here follow the dirt road approximately ¾ mile to a red gate before a cabin on the right. Open the gate and follow the road until it turns to the trail.


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