Animas Mountain Loop

 13 votes

5.7 Miles 9.2 Kilometers

100%

Singletrack

1,492' 455 m

Ascent

-1,494' -455 m

Descent

8,175' 2,492 m

High

6,719' 2,048 m

Low

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

37%

Max Grade (20°)

Unknown

8,175' 2,492 m

High

6,719' 2,048 m

Low

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

37%

Max Grade (20°)

A fun and rocky singletrack climb and descent of Animas Mountain.

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Seasonally closed fall to spring. Check locally for specific dates. Watch out for hikers.
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 and fast 3-mile descent. Riding clockwise is a less rocky 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. Be ready to walk a few segments.

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 (though still quite rocky) 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.

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Jul 6, 2016
Ray Benton
Loose rock and huge steps on the climb made this tough for an intermediate rider, but it is a great trail that should be experienced at least by foot. 5.7mi
Feb 3, 2016
Joe Theine
Sep 16, 2015
Daniel Sv
Insane climb. It looks like a hiking trail for the first 3 miles. Fun descent though :). Did it counterclockwise. 5.8mi — 2h 33m
Aug 4, 2015
Bill Ryder
1h 17m
Sep 2, 2014
Robert Stump
Fun? Okay, sure. 5.7mi — 2h 09m
May 28, 2014
Karen N Burkhart
did the left side and came back down 2.5mi
Jul 21, 2013
Jason Lampenrider

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  3.2 from 13 votes

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