Purgatory Creek / Animas River Trails

Durango, Colorado 81301

Purgatory Creek / Animas River Trails

Purgatory Creek / Animas River Trails Professional Review and Guide

"These trails travel through scenic canyons and provide access to the Weminuche Wilderness. You’ll gain 900 feet en route and descend 1,500 feet. It’s a very long day hike to the Animas River and back, or a two- to three-day backpack if you explore Animas Canyon.

Walk about 100 yards from the trailhead, and you’ll find the trail register. After signing in, follow Purgatory Creek Trail 511 past a mix of wild roses and perhaps cows, as the area is a historical grazing area. You’ll hear and sometimes see Purgatory Creek off to the north. Descend through pines and aspens, switchbacking moderately. Cross Purgatory Creek at 0.4 mile."

Purgatory Creek / Animas River Trails Reviews

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6/7/2007
This trail seems to be the most efficient way of entering the Chicago Basin area for collecting a few 14ers. Unfortunately, the trailhead was relocated to a place which I couldn't find. If you subtract the "should have been" value from the "could have been" value and divide it by the number of attempts, I give it this trail a "3."
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Trail Information

Durango
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
19.2
Distance
900 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
2-3 days
Duration
Camping
Additional Use
Views, Wildflowers
Features
San Juan National Forest, Columbine Ranger District, Bayfield; (970) 884-2512
Local Contacts
USGS Engineer Mountain, Electra Lake, and Mountain View Crest; Trails Illustrated Weminuche Wilderness; DeLorme 3D TopoQuad CD-ROM; Maptech Terrain Navigator CD-ROM
Local Maps

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Nov 2018