First Fork and Red Creek Loop

Durango, Colorado

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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!

First Fork and Red Creek Loop Professional Review and Guide

"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!"

Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Durango
Distance: 10
Elevation Gain: 2,150 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 4.5 to 7 hours
Season: Best from May through Oct
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: San Juan National Forest, Columbine Ranger District, Bayfield; 970-884- 2512; www.fs.usda.gov/sanjuan
Driving Directions: Directions to First Fork and Red Creek Loop

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May 2018