“A steep climb and fun descent in a mountainous setting close to Durango.
— San Juanderer
A great trail near Durango that is used more by hikers and equestrian users than bikers. The local outfitters maintain this trail really well.
Go north of Durango on CR 240 and then turn onto CR 246. This road dead ends at the TH for both First Fork and Red Creek. Look for First Fork marked on your left.
The trail begins steep and has quite a few erosion bars. The trail eventually mellows out and stays close to the creek most of the way up. The creek runs most of the year so there are a few crossings, though minor. The trails tops out on Missionary Ridge
. The best option is to go back down the well maintained trail you just climbed. However, you can go along Missionary Ridge
and drop down Haflin Creek Trail
, Red Creek, or Stevens. The Missionary Ridge
trail isn't cleared very often and you can run into endless fallen logs.