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Paul MagnantiBPL Member
@paulmagsLocale: Front Range Zoo
Don't know if there is a trail system per se, but you can definitely hike from Durango Ouray.
I did my own loop starting and ending from Silverton by using the CT and CDT, cross country travel, jeep roads and old mining trail:
Seven Days Solo in the San Juans
I don't have the maps in front of me, but IIRC you can start on the CT in Durango, follow the CDT and/or the actual Continental Divide for a bit to the Silverton area and then hook on a mix of single track, cross country, jeep track and old mining trail to Ouray.
The maps info in my link should help.
The route info the Hard Rock 100 should also be helpful. The course cuts through Silverton and starts/end in Ouray.
Look at the maps, see what is promising and cobble together your own route! It is fun. :)Jan 23, 2012 at 1:05 pm #1828557
John MyersBPL Member
@dallasLocale: North Texas
"Look at the maps, see what is promising and cobble together your own route! It is fun. :)"
+1 on what Paul said.
And some spectacular scenery along the way. That would be a great hike.
Take a lot of pictures and post a trip report when you are done please. :)
Edit: Mags, I just read your trip report and looked at the photos.
Amazing little hike. I spent a fair bit of time in the San Juans and I think the Elk Creek drainage area is one of my favorite spots. Always enjoy seeing pictures of that area. Thanks for taking the time to share your trip.
JohnJan 23, 2012 at 2:45 pm #1828597
@hknewmanLocale: Western US
I've traveled up the Animas north of Durango, though I came in at Purgatory, and there's a trail on the opposing bank from the Durango -Silverton narrow gauge train at least to Needles. If you can't keep going north, then cut across Chicago Basin to Vallecito river, then go up to the CDT/CT junction and Highland Mary Lakes/Silverton.The train is not that much of an interruption, though they caught me washing up once – poor passengers. Trying to go east from Durango itself, then cutting north, there seems to be too much private property and roads, unless you want to hitch to the Vallecito/Florida reservoir area.
Add: I've checked out some public land on the west side of the highway from Silverton to Ouray, more looking for stealth car camps to sleep before hitting the Big Blue wilderness next to Ouray and (iirc) some forest roads run perpendicular from the highway into the forest with ridges and valleys everywhere. Didn't seem like many trails go all the way. Maybe the lizard head??
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