Hike the Colorado Trail to Gudy's Rest



8.1 miles

Elevation Gain

1400 ft

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Added by Sarah Levant

Spectacular hike less than five miles from downtown Durango

This hike, a local favorite is less than five miles from downtown Durango. The entire hike offers beautiful views especially once your reach the top of Gudy's Rest. The trail starts off with a gradual uphill along Junction Creek. On this section of the trail, you will likely run into locals probably walking their dogs.  Continue over the wooden footbridge and enjoy the 1.5 mile hike up to Gudy's Rest. The uphill trek is mostly switchbacks but the views at Gudy's Rest are well worth it. Bring a lunch and enjoy views of Durango and the San Juan Mountains below.  Return the same way.  

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junction creek to gudys rest

This end point of the colorado trail is in my backyard! Easy access and free parking. Basically a level shaded trail for all ages,following the creek most of the way. At the bridge crossing it is uphill switchbacks til you summit at Gudys bench. Awesome viewpoint

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