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Molas Trail

Basics
Location:
North of Durango
Setting:
Mountainous
Length:
8 mile roundtrip
Difficulty:
Difficult
Time:
4 to 5 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
10000 feet
Elevation Change:
-1000 feet
Season:
Summer - Fall

Description

This trail is pleasant to walk down, but walking up is work. Fortunately, there are other options, such as the Elk Creek Trail and the D. & S.N.G. train. The first part of the trail gently descends through some pretty meadows next to the creek. This section of the trail offers excellent views of the Grenadiers and Needles. The trail then begins to drop sharply down the 1,500-ft. descent to the Animas River. All water should be purified, due to problems with Giardia.

Rated good for rainbow and brook trout.

Details

Location:
North of Durango
Setting:
Mountainous
Length:
8 mile roundtrip
Difficulty:
Difficult
Time:
4 to 5 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
10000
Elevation Change:
-1000
Season:
Summer - Fall
Useful Map(s):
USGS Quad: Snowdon Peak

Map + Directions

Basic Directions

1)46 miles north of Durango on U.S. 550 and about 1 mile north of Molas Pass, turn east into the Molas Lake access road. Plenty of parking is available at the trailhead.

2)Access to this trail is also available from the Elk Creek Trail.


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