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1,995 mi 3,211 km of trail 17 Recommended Routes

Easy Trails 68 Trails Intermediate Trails 169 Trails Hard Trails 138 Trails
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Recommended Routes in San Juan National Forest - 14

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Favorite The vastness of the Weminuche Wilderness is breathtaking!
Difficult

Highland Mary Lakes Loop

7.8 mi 12.5 km 1,824' Up 555.88 m Up 1,824' Down 555.87 m Down

Silverton, CO
Favorite Sunrise from Windom Peak.
Very Difficult

Chicago Basin 14er Grand Slam

28.9 mi 46.5 km 12,167' Up 3708.44 m Up 12,167' Down 3708.44 m Down

Silverton, CO
Favorite Dog tired at the end of a long day! He ate two suppers.
Very Difficult

Trinity and Silex Lake Route

34.4 mi 55.4 km 9,059' Up 2761.26 m Up 9,059' Down 2761.11 m Down

Silverton, CO
Favorite This is your reward after making your way through the first stretch of forest.
Intermediate/Difficult

Crater Lake and North Twilight

14.3 mi 23.0 km 3,232' Up 985.12 m Up 3,232' Down 985.02 m Down

Silverton, CO
Favorite After leaving the forest you enter a meadow and depending on the time of year you may see a field of Paintbrush with Engineer dominating the view above.
Difficult

Coalbank Pass to Molas Pass

21.7 mi 35.0 km 3,656' Up 1114.39 m Up 3,459' Down 1054.16 m Down

Silverton, CO
Favorite Sunrise from Windom Peak.
Very Difficult

Sunlight and Windom

18.9 mi 30.4 km 6,235' Up 1900.45 m Up 6,235' Down 1900.45 m Down

Silverton, CO
Favorite Hikers stroll into camp with Chicago Basin's Needle Mountains in the background. You wanna go here now, don't you?  Chicago Basin Trail
Very Difficult

Eolus Group

18.9 mi 30.5 km 5,901' Up 1798.77 m Up 5,901' Down 1798.77 m Down

Silverton, CO
Favorite Paintbrush in Mill Creek Basin.
Difficult

Columbine Lake Out-and-Back

8.1 mi 13.1 km 1,588' Up 483.89 m Up 1,589' Down 484.44 m Down

Silverton, CO

Trails in San Juan National Forest - 358

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3.4 mi 5.5 km #1Ice Lake Trail
Difficult
Silverton, CO
Difficult
Silverton, CO 57 
3.3 mi 5.4 km #2Columbine Lake Trail #509
Difficult
Silverton, CO
Difficult
Silverton, CO
2.2 mi 3.6 km #3Crater Lake Trail #562
Difficult
Pagosa Springs, CO
Difficult
Pagosa Springs, CO
1.1 mi 1.7 km #4Quartz Lake Trail #568
Intermediate/Difficult
Pagosa Springs, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Pagosa Springs, CO
23.8 mi 38.3 km #5CDT: South River Peak to Squaw Pass (CO Sec. 5)
Difficult
Pagosa Springs, CO
Difficult
Pagosa Springs, CO
3.9 mi 6.3 km #6Haflin Creek Trail # 557
Very Difficult
Durango, CO
Very Difficult
Durango, CO
0.7 mi 1.1 km #7Sunlight Peak
Very Difficult
Silverton, CO
Very Difficult
Silverton, CO
1.1 mi 1.8 km #8Mt. Eolus
Difficult
Silverton, CO
Difficult
Silverton, CO
7.3 mi 11.7 km #9Stevens Creek Trail #728
Difficult
Durango, CO
Difficult
Durango, CO
8.7 mi 14.0 km #10Whitehead Trail #674
Intermediate
Silverton, CO
Intermediate
Silverton, CO
10.6 mi 17.1 km #11CDT: Weminuche Pass to Twin Lakes (CO Sec. 7)
Intermediate/Difficult
Lake City, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Lake City, CO
8.5 mi 13.6 km #12Devil Mountain #600
Difficult
Pagosa Springs, CO
Difficult
Pagosa Springs, CO
20.7 mi 33.4 km #13CT - Segment 25: Molas Pass to Bolam Pass Road
Intermediate/Difficult
Silverton, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Silverton, CO
8.0 mi 12.9 km #14Lime Mesa Trail #676
Intermediate
Silverton, CO
Intermediate
Silverton, CO
11.7 mi 18.9 km #15Weminuche Trail #592
Intermediate/Difficult
Lake City, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Lake City, CO
3.0 mi 4.8 km #16Coal Creek Trail
Difficult
Silverton, CO
Difficult
Silverton, CO
4.0 mi 6.5 km #17Jones Creek Trail # 518
Difficult
Durango, CO
Difficult
Durango, CO
0.5 mi 0.8 km #18Big Al Trail #630
Easy
Mancos, CO
Easy
Mancos, CO
11.3 mi 18.1 km #19CT - Segment 26: Bolam Pass Road to Hotel Draw Road
Intermediate/Difficult
Rico, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Rico, CO
2.3 mi 3.7 km #20Graysill Creek Trail
Difficult
Rico, CO
Difficult
Rico, CO

Photos of San Juan National Forest - 200

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Dog tired at the end of a long day! He ate two suppers.
Jul 30, 2016 near Silverton, CO
Ice Lake Vista taken from Island Lake Trail
May 12, 2018 near Silverton, CO
A climber works his way through the scree up to the top of Storm King.
Jul 5, 2017 near Silverton, CO
The large catwalk atop Storm King offers views of Silex in the background.
Jul 5, 2017 near Silverton, CO
The vastness of the Weminuche Wilderness is breathtaking!
Jul 17, 2017 near Silverton, CO
Heading for our campsite by the pond after another long day.
Jul 30, 2016 near Silverton, CO
Sunrise from Windom Peak.
May 3, 2017 near Silverton, CO
Descending Grant/Swamp Pass to Ice Lakes Basin. Island Lake, is below and Fuller Peak, Vermillion Peak and Golden Horn stand tall in the distance.
Jul 5, 2015 near Silverton, CO