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Animas Mountain Loop

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Rank: #1 in Durango
#55 in Colorado
#421 Overall
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“A fun and rocky singletrack climb and descent of Animas Mountain.”
Jason Lampe on Jul 21, 2013
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5.7 Miles 1,492’ Ascent 8,175’ High 9.9% Avg Grade
100% Singletrack -1,494’ Descent 6,719’ Low 17.3% Max Grade
Restrictions
Seasonally closed fall to spring. Check locally for specific dates. Watch out for hikers.
Overview
This ~6 mile 100% singletrack loop Ride begins and ends at the marked parking lot right in Durango. The top is nearly exactly 3 miles up, making for a great ride in either direction. Riding counter-clockwise is a more technical 3 mile climb followed by a fun, fast and flowy 3 mile descent. Riding clockwise is a smoother terrain 3 mile climb with a more technical 3 mile descent.
Need To Know
This loop is mostly ridden counter-clockwise. If you ride clockwise, be very aware of quickly descending riders. There is tree cover here and there, but you'll be mostly sun exposed and Durango can be hot in the summer.
Description
The more popular counter-clockwise direction is mapped here. Begin from the marked parking lot, where you'll immediately start climbing fairly technical zigzags, loose rocks, occasional short/steep sections and narrow lines, with the reward of plenty of wonderful views of Durango as you gain elevation.

When the trail begins to level out, the North Animas Valley appears, and as you crest and begin to descend, you'll see the La Platas come into view. At this point, quickly turn your focus back onto the trail for a wild and fun descent through a nicely carved and curvy singletrack trail back down the mountain to the parking lot where you began.

You'll see a few trail options (more on the way up) that serve to either cut the loop shorter, or provide variety.

This is not a long Ride, but it's a favorite in the area due to its workout climb, fast and fun descent, and close proximity to downtown Durango.
Contacts
Land Manager: BLM Colorado - Tres Rios Field Office
Local Club: Trails 2000
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COMMENTS
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 3.0 from 3 votes
Stopping to enjoy the North Animas Valley (Durango, CO)
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