Animas Mountain is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Durango, Colorado. It is 5.2 miles long and begins at 6,636 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 10.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,943 feet. Animas City Mountain (elevation 8,169 feet) can be seen along the trail.
Animas Mountain Professional Reviews and Guides
"Highlights include views of town and the surrounding area. This ride offers a great workout and a good downhill test. If you feel good after this ride, you're in great shape. It is located just north of Durango on Animas City Mountain. Tread: 5.9 miles on singletrack. Much of the trail is on an old road, but it's more like singletrack than anything else."
--John Peel, Mountain Biking Durango (Falcon Guides).
"This is a short ride that nonetheless dishes out the physical punishment. Most of the pain comes as a result of the first few hills, which rise from the trailhead at a startling angle, completely ransacked with babyhead rocks. Conquering these first few pitches of pure brutality without pushing your bike requires a superhuman effort. While locked in mortal combat with this little hill, it becomes apparent why Durango produces some the strongest climbers in the sport of cycling. Trail Surface: 100% singletrack/widetrack Lay of the Land: Sloping, forested mesa-top just northwest of Durango."
--Robert Hurst, Mountain Biking Colorado's San Juan Mountains: Durango and Telluride (Falcon Guides).
"Durango residents have long enjoyed both the beautiful pine forests and the spectacular scenery that a visit to the top of nearby Animas City Mountain provides. Managed by the Bureau of Land Management, the trail that loops across this mountain’s sloping summit is currently designated as a combination hiking, biking, and equestrian route. The locally prominent mountain was named after Animas City, which actually preceded Durango by a few years. First settled in the 1870s, Animas City was a bit standoffish in 1880 when General Palmer brought his Denver and Rio Grande Railroad to southwestern Colorado. Miffed by the rebuff, Palmer established his own town 2 miles to the south and named it after the Mexican city of Durango. Over the years Durango outgrew its civic rival and eventually annexed it."
--Scott S. Warren, 100 Classic Hikes in Colorado (The Mountaineers Books).
"The Animas Mountain Trail is a convenient 5.8-mile loop for which the trailhead is located within the city limits of Durango. Popular with locals, this trail offers a quick getaway from the city without the long drive to and from the trailhead. Because of its great access, beautiful Animas Valley views, and gradual uphill grade, this 5.8-mile loop on the Animas City Mountain is a local favorite and ideal warm-up for visitors to the area before hitting the big peaks. The trail travels along the eastern rim through a pinyon-juniper and scrub oak forest for the first section of the hike, offers spectacular views of the San Juan Mountains, and then snakes its way through a ponderosa forest on the western side of the mountain before returning to the city."
--JD Tanner and Emily Ressler-Tanner, Hiking the Four Corners (Falcon Guides).
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