This is one of Durango's best, that is, when it has been recently cleared. Its raw and wild. Be prepared for a LONG, technical descent. The Missionary Ridge
fire of 2001 ripped through most of the trail and there are endless dead trees that fall across the trail weekly. The trail has been cleared sometime around May for the last few years, so that is the best time to hit it. Riding it in the spring is also advantageous because the vegetation is minimal and the visibility is a lot better. Later in the summer the trail gets a lot more narrow and choked out. When not cleared expect 50+ trees down.
This ride typically starts at the USFS gate at the top of 071 road at the top of Durango Hills subdivision. Leave a vehicle at the bottom of the trail for a shuttle that still requires about 700 ft of climbing. From the gate, follow the road until you see another split off to the left, take that for about 300 feet then turn right onto singletrack which is the beginning of the Missionary Ridge
Trail. Go up that for a little bit while looking for Haflin on your left. Enjoy the views and get ready for the downhill.
Haflin Creek Trail starts off fast and tight with thick vegetation. Afterwards, there are steep technical sections with loose rock. Midway down is ripping fast and flowy. The bottom of the trail will remind you of Moab, with lots of fun ledges to pop off of. Check in at 2nd Ave Sports for the latest conditions.