Purgatory Creek / Animas River Trails Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"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."