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Hermosa Creek Trail

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 4.3 (6)

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


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18.6

Miles

30.0

KM

Point to Point

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

Features Birding · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

Description

The Hermosa Creek Trail is one of the best and most popular trails in the Durango area. 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 rugged. Expect some loose, rocky and rooted conditions.

This the end of your pure descent. 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 hike, which gains about 500 ft in a mile.

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.

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Missy Thompson

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  4.3 from 6 votes

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The trail is a bit sandy and loose in places.
Oct 20, 2015 near Rico, CO

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Jul 22, 2021
MacKenzie Domilise
May 24, 2020
Ken Shafer
It's a little longer than they say according to my Garmin 23mi — 14h 00m
Jul 13, 2019
Eric Knorr
4mi
May 31, 2018
Brooke Bonner
4mi
Dec 28, 2017
Craig S