- Northeast of Durango, near Pagosa Springs
- 24 mile roundtrip
- 12 to 14 hours
- Trailhead Elevation:
- 7700 feet
- Summer - Fall
Twelve miles in length, this trail turns left shortly after leaving the trailhead, drops down, and follows the northwest side of the river. This is a relatively easy trail for the first 3.5 miles. The trail continues 8.5 miles above a box canyon and ends at the end of First Fork Road (FDR 662). The Piedra Area boundary is about 6 miles from the trailhead.
1)PIEDRA RIVER TRAILHEAD - From Pagosa Springs travel west on U.S. Hwy. 160 to Piedra Road (FDR 631), then north on Piedra Rd. for 14.5 miles. Cross the Piedra River, then continue about 300 yards to the signed trailhead on the left. Trailhead elevation is 7,700 feet.
2)FIRST FORK TRAILHEAD - From Pagosa Springs travel 22 miles west on U.S. Hwy. 160 to First Fork Road (FDR 622). Turn north and continue about 12 miles to the trailhead at road's end. Trailhead elevation is 7,200 feet.