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Animas Mountain Loop

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 3.3 (24) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

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


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5.7

Miles

9.2

KM

100%

Singletrack

8,175' 2,492 m

High

6,719' 2,048 m

Low

1,492' 455 m

Up

1,494' 455 m

Down

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

37%

Max Grade (20°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

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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 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.

Contacts

Shared By:

Jason Lampenrider

Trail Ratings

  3.3 from 24 votes

#1807

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  3.3 from 24 votes
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Photos

Late afternoon view from Animas City Mountain, well worth the ride.
Sep 2, 2014 near Durango, CO
The top of Animas Mountain - It's a lot of work for a singlespeeder!  This is looking north toward US 550.
Jul 29, 2013 near Durango, CO
Stopping to enjoy the North Animas Valley
Jul 21, 2013 near Durango, CO
Pointing out the La Platas
Jul 21, 2013 near Durango, CO
Climbing up from Durango
Jul 21, 2013 near Durango, CO

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Jun 20, 2020
Tony Rizzo
Great ride. Did clockwise so it was smoother ride up and rocky technical descent. Great views! — 1h 25m
May 25, 2020
Gary T.
Added in Sailing Hawk 10.1mi — 2h 10m
Jun 20, 2019
Brigham Taplin
Sep 29, 2018
Colin Hughes
Sep 16, 2018
Trevor Johnson
Trail is tough but a great ride and a fantastic down after the up. 5.7mi
May 19, 2018
Gordon Esplin
Jul 16, 2017
Zach Nella
Right side is rocky to the top. Left is rocky at the beginning but evens out. 6mi
Jul 15, 2017
R E
Tobi and the boys.