Sharkstooth Trail to Centennial Peak

Durango, Colorado 81301

Sharkstooth Trail to Centennial Peak

Sharkstooth Trail to Centennial Peak Professional Review and Guide

"Besides having a name kids like, the Sharkstooth Trail leads them to destinations all hikers enjoy: a flower-filled forest jeweled by streams, a signed loop trail around a historic mining claim, a spectacular saddle for resting and lunching, and, finally, a relatively easy 13,000-foot peak to climb.

The first half of the hike begins in the shade of spruce trees. Purple flowering monkshood and larkspur touch the shoulders of some hikers, come late July and August. Within the first 0.5 mile you pass a talus slope on your left. Let your group know they are walking the edge of a rock glacier that blankets the mountain above the trail. Ice holds the talus rock together; however, summer hikers would have to search 3 to 5 feet beneath the surface of this sun-baked slope to find it. High-altitude hikers see rock glaciers on relatively shallow slopes (less than 45 degrees)."

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Trail Information

Durango
Nearby City
Kid-friendly
Accessibility
2.5
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
2-2.5 hours
Duration
Mid-June to October
Season
10,900 feet
Trailhead Elevation
13,062 feet
Top Elevation
For current conditions and more information, contact the Dolores Public Lands Center, www.fs.fed.us/r2/sanjuan or (970) 882-7296
Local Contacts
San Juan National Forest; USGS La Plata
Local Maps