First Fork and Red Creek Loop

Durango, Colorado 81302

First Fork and Red Creek Loop

First Fork and Red Creek Loop Professional Guide

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"The First Fork Trail follows a sparkling little creek up to Missionary Ridge northeast of Durango. Although parts of this forest burned in 2002, the vegetation is lush and trees are growing again. The trail travels through a forest of Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, Gambel oak, and aspen.

After joining the Missionary Ridge Trail, head northeast through mixed conifer and aspen forests and several beautiful meadows, with occasional views north to the craggy San Juan Mountains. Return via Red Creek Trail, which drops down several steep switchbacks, then past huge aspens. A beautiful hike when aspens are golden!"

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"The First Fork Trail follows a sparkling little creek up to Missionary Ridge northeast of Durango. Although parts of this forest burned in 2002, the vegetation is lush and trees are growing again. The trail travels through a forest of Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, Gambel oak, and aspen. After joining the Missionary Ridge Trail, head northeast through mixed conifer and aspen forests and several beautiful meadows, with occasional views north to the craggy San Juan Mountains. Return via Red Creek Trail, which drops down several steep switchbacks, then past huge aspens. A beautiful hike when aspens are golden!" Read more

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Trail Information

Durango
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
10
Distance
2,150 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
4.5 to 7 hours
Duration
Best from May through Oct
Season
San Juan National Forest, Columbine Ranger District, Bayfield; 970-884- 2512; www.fs.usda.gov/sanjuan
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Dec 2018