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Missionary Ridge

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

7.0 mile 11.3 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,452' 442 m
Descent: -699' -213 m
High: 10,145' 3,092 m
Low: 9,288' 2,831 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 22% (12°)

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Trail shared by Missy Thompson

A rough and rugged ride along Missionary Ridge with spectacular views.

Missy Thompson

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Description

Ride up FS 071 and take the first road to the left, after a short bit you'll see the trail on your right. The first part of the trail climbs steeply and can be quite loose. You'll pass the auction with Haflin Creek Trail but keep heading uphill. The trail will level off and join with a road at 0.9mi, keep straight on the road and drop down a short steep hill.

The road will make a hard right, but the trail continues straight and can be hard to see. There is often a cairn marking this point. The trail descends for a bit, passing the junction with First Fork at approximately 2.25mi. The trail then generally climbs, with a couple decent length descents, before leveling off for the last ~1.2 miles to the junction with Stevens Creek Trail. The trail contours nicely along the ridge, dropping back and forth to the east and west and offering great views of the San Juans and Florida River valley.

This trail is in the Missionary Ridge burn area and thus it frequently sees downed trees. Trails 2000 typically clears the deadfall in the spring. The best time to ride is just after the trees have been cleared. This trail also doesn't see a great amount of use and is prone to being overgrown in spots. While there are no particularly large obstacles, the consistently rough terrain makes this for a tough one. However, the views of the San Juans and Florida River valley are spectacular and well worth the trip.

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Oct 14, 2017
Emily Shell
Beautiful!
Jul 15, 2017
Todd Van Selus

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  3.6 from 5 votes

#6

in Durango

#15108

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#6

in Durango

#1,336

in Colorado

#15,108

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At the top, about to shred the gnar.  Big bikes and full faces not required but are certainly handy and fun on this trail.  Hit it in the spring before the leaves pop out and make the corners blind.
Jul 2, 2014 near Durango, CO
San Juan views
Jul 20, 2015 near Durango, CO
Where the trail levels off, approaching the junction with Stevens Creek Trail
Jul 20, 2015 near Durango, CO
Aspens, wildflowers and singletrack
Jul 20, 2015 near Durango, CO
Singletrack through the old burn
Jul 20, 2015 near Durango, CO

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