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18.6 mile 30.0 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 1,182' 360 m
Descent: -2,333' -711 m
High: 8,876' 2,705 m
Low: 7,485' 2,281 m


Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 27% (15°)


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

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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! provides regular trail condition updates.


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First off, go to Pedal the Peaks and buy the Singletrack Maps Durango Colorado Trails map. It's worth every penny. Also, Cliff is the shop owner and he is a wealth of information! We rode this trail the last weekend of April 2013, and it had just opened. My buddy and I chose to do an alternate start and ride down Corral Draw for the first section of this ride. However, he was concerned about his Subaru crossing Hermosa Creek on Local Road 550, so we had to Death March it the rest of the way up. That took a lot of the fun out of our day. But, Corral Draw was awesome! 4-inch wide, off camber trail, all gradual downhill, for over an hour. I have never been that focused on a ride! If you did go off the trail, there's nice soft grass, but you'd take quite a tumble! Every now and then there's a little rocky section to keep you on your toes! We cross the creek and joined up with Hermosa Creek trail. It was mostly fast and open, with little rock gardens here and there that we just blasted through. This was an amazing ride until the last 25%, which was mostly constant uphill for a long time. We were toasted from our Local Road 550 climb, and this uphill was NOT welcomed. I have not suffered like that in a long time, if ever. Eventually it became an effort even to push my bike. We got back to the bottom of the trail, right at dusk. Overall, this was an amazing ride. But, if I did it again, I would insist on driving all the way to the top. That Local Road climb was not a good way to start the day. Also, keep in mind, this is a long back-country ride with consequences if something goes wrong! Be prepared! Dec 14, 2013
Mike Sylvester
Oceanside, CA
Mike Sylvester   Oceanside, CA
This trail is awesome. I'm surprised it's not rated higher. This trail is pretty much near 100% single track. You can haul ass at times but beware the exposure. It's a looonnngggg way down to the creek but admittedly, you'll probably hit 645 trees on your way down so you'll stop before you get to the water. This entire area is heavily forested and stunningly beautiful. Definitely worth your time but it's not all DH by any means. There's a couple hike-a-bikes for all but the best riders. Jan 27, 2014

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