Pass Creek

San Juan National Forest, Colorado

Distance2.4mi
Elevation Gain1,477ft
Trailhead Elevation10,681ft
Top11,665ft
Elevation Min/Max10681/11665ft
Elevation Start/End10681/10681ft

Pass Creek

Pass Creek is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in San Juan County, Colorado. It is within San Juan National Forest. It is 2.4 miles long and begins at 10,681 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,477 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking. This trail connects with the following: Engineer Mountain.

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Bob D’Antonio, Maryann Gaug, Stewart Green, Linda B. Mullally, and Tracy Salcedo-Chourré.
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"This hike makes a loop above Coal Bank Pass via Pass Creek Trail (Trail 500) to the foot of impressive Engineer Mountain, then north on the Engineer Mountain Trail (Trail 508) to return on Coal Creek Trail (Trail 677). The wildflowers are spectacular on many sections of this hike during July and early August. Several places offer great views of the West Needle Mountains in the Weminuche Wilderness to the east and north to the mountains between Silverton and Telluride. The final 1.3 miles of the hike are along US 550 and can be avoided with a car shuttle." Read more
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Maryann Gaug, Revised by Sandy Heise
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"This hike makes a loop above Coal Bank Pass via Pass Creek Trail (Trail 500) to the foot of impressive Engineer Mountain, then north on the Engineer Mountain Trail (Trail 508) to return on Coal Creek Trail (Trail 677). The wildflowers are spectacular on many sections of this hike during July and early August. Several places offer great views of the West Needle Mountains in the Weminuche Wilderness to the east and north to the mountains between Silverton and Telluride. The final 1.3 miles of the hike are along US 550 and can be avoided with a car shuttle." Read more
"The Pass Creek Trail to Engineer Mountain summit is a Durango, Colorado, classic hike. Locals and visitors alike flock to this area in the summertime for first-time highaltitude experiences or to train for some of those Colorado 14ers. This 6.6-mile out-and-back hike takes hikers to almost 13,000 feet above sea level. The gradual ascent makes the hike ideal for first-timers. The network of trails in the area also attracts bikers and horseback riders. The easy access to the trail from US 550 makes Engineer Mountain a great option for a half-day outing in the summer. The fact that the highway is plowed in the winter also makes it an option for those looking to practice their winter backcountry travel skills. The rest area at Coal Bank Pass provides restrooms for before and after the hike." Read more

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7/14/2006
One of my favorite day hikes! The opening climb can be a little rough if you don't start early enough to avoid the humidity. Very beautiful hike with great photo ops along the way. Camping at the base of Engineer is awesome if you can beat some of the summer rains. If you don't reach the base by noon, beware of fast rolling clouds bringing plenty of lightning!
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San Juan National Forest
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San Juan National Forest
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Dog-friendly
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Difficult
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San Juan National Forest, 15 Burnett Ct., Durango, CO 81301; (970) 2474874; www.fs.usda.gov/main/sanjuan/home
Local Contacts
USGS: Engineer Mountain, CO; National Geographic Trails Illustrated: #141
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