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    Hermosa Creek

    Hermosa Creek Special Management Area, Colorado
    Distance9.1mi
    Elevation Gain3,220ft
    Trailhead Elevation8,853ft
    Top8,880ft
    Elevation Min/Max7993/8880ft
    Elevation Start/End8853/8853ft

    Hermosa Creek

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    Tucson, AZ
    Adventurer | 334 pts
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    6/22/2006
    If ridden from the top as a shuttle for the first 7 miles it's an ATV trail. For a half mile trail is descending to Hermosa Creek. With enough rocks and roots to keep you occupied as you watch the creek, then the singletrack begins. At about 10 miles you'll leave the creek and begin climbing and descending the canyon walls for the rest of the ride, making the second half much tougher, so bring energy food to prepare for climbs. The route stays obvious, crossing a couple of bridges. At about 20 miles the singletrack ends and a 3.5 mile pavement descent to the highway begins, easy coast.
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    College Heights, CO
    Pathfinder | 90 pts
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    5/29/2006
    So as not to deal with a car shuttle, we rode this as an out and back. This is a beautiful trail, and didn't disappoint. This was definitely the most crowded trial I've ridden in and around Durango, and was most likely due to the Memorial Day holiday. We had encounters with hikers, other mountain bikes, and a couple of motorcycles. Every one was super-courteous, and friendly, which is pretty typical of the trails around the area. Although the trail is single-track, it is wider than a lot of other trails in the area. The trail is nicely shaded, and would be a good choice for a hot day.
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    Edmond, OK
    Trailblazer | 502 pts
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    7/20/2004
    I've done this one twice, and would do again. Good flow, mostly downhill when starting from the north (recommended). Avoid mid-day and later in summer (thunderstorms - I got caught in one and it was quite scary)
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    Seattle, WA
    Trailblazer | 3048 pts
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    6/25/2002
    I have shuttled this ride and thoroughly enjoyed the long scenic cruise down. If you can meet up with some local Durango riders and get a ride to the top, you will have extra energy to bomb down this great trail.
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    Trail Information

    Hermosa Creek Special Management Area
    Nearby City
    Hermosa Creek Special Management Area
    Parks
    Dog-friendly
    Accessibility
    Hunting, Fishing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, ATV/OHV
    Additional Use
    Views, Waterfalls
    Features
    Durango Trails 2000, PO Box 3868, Durango 81302; (970) 259-4682; www.trails2000.org Southwest Colorado Cycling Association (SWCCA), PO Box 1302, Cortez 81321; www.swcocycling.com
    Local Contacts
    USGS Hermosa Peak, Elk Creek, Monument Hill, Hermosa; Trails Illustrated map #504: Durango, Silverton, Telluride, Pagosa Springs, and Cortez; Bicycle on Public Lands of Southwest Colorado routes map; DeLorme: Colorado Atlas & Gazetteer: Pages 76 C-2 and 86 A-2, A-3.
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