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Clear Creek Trail

Basics
Location:
North of Durango
Setting:
Mountainous
Length:
12 mile roundtrip
Difficulty:
Difficult
Time:
6 to 7 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
10200 feet
Elevation Change:
-2800 feet
Season:
Summer - Fall

Description

Dropping 2,800 feet from Junction Creek Road with very little uphill in between, this trail is all downhill! Basically it runs next to the creek, so there is ample water—although it should always be filtered, to avoid Giardia. Fishing is also a possibility. There are several camp spots along the way, especially near the bottom of the trail. There are bears in this area, so caution should be used. There is no bridge crossing Hermosa Creek.

Clear Creek and Hermosa Creek are rated fair for cutthroat and rainbow.

Details

Location:
North of Durango
Setting:
Mountainous
Length:
12 mile roundtrip
Difficulty:
Difficult
Time:
6 to 7 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
10200
Elevation Change:
-2800
Season:
Summer - Fall
Useful Map(s):
USGS Quad: Monument Hill

Map + Directions

Basic Directions

1)Heading north on Main Street in Durango, turn left (west) on 25 th street until it turns into Junction Creek Road (FDR #171). Follow this road for approximately 22 miles. Trailhead is on the north side of the road.

2)Up Hermosa Creek Trail about 5 miles.


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