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Hermosa Creek Trail

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 4.2 (57)

One of Durango's best - a scenic ride following Hermosa Creek.


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18.6

Miles

30.0

KM

Singletrack

8,876' 2,705 m

High

7,485' 2,281 m

Low

1,182' 360 m

Up

2,333' 711 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

27%

Max Grade (15°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Allowed

Description

The Hermosa Creek Trail is one of the best and most popular rides in the Durango area. The trail is most frequently ridden as a shuttle from the trailhead above Durango Mountain Resort ski area, on Hermosa Park Road. to the trailhead on Lower Hermosa Road and that is how the trail is mapped here. While this direction gives you a big descent, keep in mind that there is quite a bit of climbing. If you dont want the shuttle, this trail makes for great out and backs as far as you desire from either end.

The trail starts in the alpine setting of Hermosa Park, but quickly joins the creek, which it closely follows for the first 6.5 miles. This first 6.5 miles is gently descending doubletrack that is generally smooth, with some rocky sections. There are several trail junctions along the trail, most of which are well marked. The first junction is with Corral Draw Trail at 3 miles. At 4.8 miles you'll cross a bridge, and the junction with the Elbert Creek Trail, shortly after you'll pass Big Bend Creek Trail. At 5.7 miles you'll cross another bridge back over Hermosa Creek, and at 6.5 miles you'll reach a small meadow and the junction with the Salt Creek Trail. The trail becomes singletrack at this point and becomes more technical, expect some loose, rocky and rooted conditions.

This the end of your pure descent, the rollers start gently, but gradually get bigger. After a short, rocky descent you'll reach the junction with the South Fork Hermosa Creek Trail at about 10.5 miles. What feels to be the first significant climb comes at mile 12.5, it only gains ~150 ft of vertical, but gives you a taste of what is coming. After the top of this climb you'll descend steeply to the junction with the Clear Creek Trail at ~13.7 miles. This brings you to the most significant climb of the ride, which gains about 500 ft in a mile. The start and end of this climb are steep and will mean walking for many, but the middle is generally rideable. The junction with Dutch Creek Trail will signal an end of the climbing and from here the trail mostly descends. The last 2-3 mi of trail are wider and obviously see more use. This is a popular section of trail, so while it may be tempting to let it fly, be aware of other trail users!

There are frequently a number of large puddles on the Hermosa Creek Trail, so plan to get muddy and dont widen the trail by trying to avoid puddles!

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Missy Thompson

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  4.2 from 57 votes

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Photos

Great views to be had on this trail.
Jul 7, 2013 near Rico, CO
A rider drifts the open, flowy singletrack of the Hermosa Creek Trail as it weaves through the pine-littered forests of Durango.
Jan 21, 2017 near Durango, CO
Creekside cruising along the the Hermosa Creek Trail.
Jul 19, 2013 near Rico, CO
You'll parallel the creek for the whole ride.
Jul 7, 2013 near Rico, CO
The grade on the trail isn't too steep. It is fast to ride this trail both ways.
Jul 7, 2013 near Rico, CO
Cliffs and creek--signatures of the Hermosa Creek Trail
Sep 6, 2014 near Rico, CO

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Oct 2, 2020
Benjamin Lehrbach
beautiful ride! the uphills towards the end of the ride were pretty tough, but wow, so worth it 20.4mi — 2h 45m
Aug 21, 2020
Peter Byrne
Aug 7, 2020
Private User
Jul 16, 2020
Cole Gregorie
Mixture of black and blue. The blue is Flowie and fun the black is technical and arduous
Jul 8, 2020
John Watkins
Long day in and out of saddle. Rode with a friend who wanted to take on the challenge but was maybe not ready for it. Climbs at end were tough 31.2mi — 6h 00m
Jul 3, 2020
Craig Hoffman
Jun 4, 2020
Roll On
Wildflowers, flow, rock gardens and excellent camping at trailhead. Highly recommended! 10mi
May 27, 2020
Joe Black

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