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Animas Mountain Loop

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5.7 Miles 9.2 Kilometers



1,492' 455 m


-1,494' -455 m



Avg Grade (6°)


Max Grade (20°)

8,175' 2,492 m


6,719' 2,048 m


Shared By Jason Lampenrider



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

Jason Lampenrider

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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.


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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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
Tobi and the boys.
Jul 5, 2017
Tony Fietz
Jun 15, 2017
Kori Neessen
Oct 24, 2016
Robert Welch
Extremely rocky! Very difficult ascent. The descent was a little less technical, but still tricky in many spots. 5.7mi

Trail Ratings

  3.4 from 20 votes


  3.4 from 20 votes
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Loose rocky trail. Rutted. Mostly double track....not single. Horrible line. Don't bother with this one. Oct 22, 2015
If you stay on the East and west trail it's great, just avoid the old double track in the middle. Jun 27, 2018
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In the vicinity of 43 deg l…
Ģnöfudør Ðrænk   In the vicinity of 43 deg l…
Calling this a mountain bike trail is either simple-minded or a practical joke. Yes you can get a mountain bike up and down it, but I enjoyed my last colonoscopy more than this trail. Most of the "trail" is a rutted double track obstacle course of baseballs and baby skulls. Oct 8, 2018

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