Pass and Coal Creek Loop

Silverton, Colorado

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This hike makes a loop above Coal Bank Pass via Pass Creek Trail (Trail 500) to the foot of impressive Engineer Mountain, then north on the Engineer Mountain Trail (Trail 508) to return on Coal Creek Trail (Trail 677). The wildflowers are spectacular on many sections of this hike during July and early August. Several places offer great views of the West Needle Mountains in the Weminuche Wilderness to the east and north to the mountains between Silverton and Telluride. The final 1.3 miles of the hike are along US 550 and can be avoided with a car shuttle.
Hiking Colorado

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Hiking Colorado

by Maryann Gaug, Revised by Sandy Heise (Falcon Guides)

This hike makes a loop above Coal Bank Pass via Pass Creek Trail (Trail 500) to the foot of impressive Engineer Mountain, then north on the Engineer Mountain Trail (Trail 508) to return on Coal Creek Trail (Trail 677).

The wildflowers are spectacular on many sections of this hike during July and early August. Several places offer great views of the West Needle Mountains in the Weminuche Wilderness to the east and north to the mountains between Silverton and Telluride. The final 1.3 miles of the hike are along US 550 and can be avoided with a car shuttle.

© Fourth Edition Maryann Gaug, Revised by Sandy Heise/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Silverton
Distance: 7.8
Elevation Gain: 1,700 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 3 to 5 hours
Season: Best from mid-June through Oct. Hunting season is late Aug to Oct; wearing brightly colored clothing to make yourself more visible is recommended.
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: San Juan National Forest, Columbine Ranger District, Bayfield; 970-884- 2512; www.fs.usda.gov/sanjuan
Local Maps: USGS Engineer Mountain
Driving Directions: Directions to Pass and Coal Creek Loop

Recent Trail Reviews

7/14/2006
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One of my favorite day hikes! The opening climb can be a little rough if you don't start early enough to avoid the humidity. Very beautiful hike with great photo ops along the way. Camping at the base of Engineer is awesome if you can beat some of the summer rains. If you don't reach the base by noon, beware of fast rolling clouds bringing plenty of lightning!



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