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The Best Backpacking in Durango

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Top backpacking spots in and near Durango

  • Durango, Colorado

    Hermosa Creek Trail from Hermosa

    18.74 mi / 3402 ft gain
    Hermosa Creek Trail from Hermosa is a point-to-point trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Durango, Colorado.
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  • Hesperus, Colorado

    Tomahawk Mine via Basin Creek OHV Trail

    2.16 mi / 607 ft gain
    Tomahawk Mine via Basin Creek OHV Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see local wildlife located near Hesperus, Colorado.
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  • Durango, Colorado

    Colorado Trail : Segment 28

    20.12 mi / 2385 ft gain
    Colorado Trail : Segment 28 is a point-to-point trail where you may see local wildlife located near Durango, Colorado.
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  • Bayfield, Colorado

    Pinos River Trail to Emerald Lake

    19.89 mi / 2907 ft gain
    Pinos River Trail to Emerald Lake is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a river located near Bayfield, Colorado.
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  • Bayfield, Colorado

    Pine River Trail to Weminuche Trail

    27.91 mi / 3369 ft gain
    Pine River Trail to Weminuche Trail is a point-to-point trail that takes you by a lake located near Creede, Colorado.
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  • Durango, Colorado

    Backpack into Chicago Basin from Purgatory Flats

    5.0
    26 mi / 6000 ft gain
    This hike begins at the Purgatory Flats Trailhead across from the purgatory resort. The register is about a hundred yards from the Trailhead and is located next to a trail map. From here you will begin your descent down into the flats, which is roughly a 600-700 foot descent over the course of ju...
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  • Durango, Colorado

    Colorado Trail : Segment 27

    20.4 mi / 3415 ft gain
    Colorado Trail : Segment 27 is a point-to-point trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Silverton, Colorado.
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  • Dolores, Colorado

    Priest Gulch and Highline Driveway Loop Trail

    15.44 mi / 3471 ft gain
    Priest Gulch and Highline Driveway Loop Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a river located near Dolores, Colorado.
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  • Durango, Colorado

    Summit 3 Peaks in the Chicago Basin

    5.0
    I tell people all the time that if they only do one hike in Colorado, this is it. You get a little taste of everything: Colorado history, wildlife, beautiful campsite views, 14ers, and the largest wilderness in the state.This itinerary assumes you’re hitching a ride on the train from Silverton. ...
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  • Durango, Colorado

    Windom Peak via Needle Creek Trail

    17.92 mi / 6142 ft gain
    Windom Peak via Needle Creek Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Silverton, Colorado.
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  • Durango, Colorado

    Chicago Basin

    15.44 mi / 4744 ft gain
    Chicago Basin is an out-and-back trail that takes you past scenic surroundings located near Silverton, Colorado.
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  • Durango, Colorado

    Engineer Mountain Trail

    13.04 mi / 3015 ft gain
    Engineer Mountain Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Silverton, Colorado.
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  • Durango, Colorado

    Crater Lake via Crater Lake Trail

    5.0
    11.73 mi / 2077 ft gain
    Reaching this trailhead actually begins off of Andrews Lake - you will see signs for Andrews Lake off HWY 550. I will provide directions from both Durango and Silverton at the end.  The trailhead is extremely well marked the entire way. The mileage from Andrews lake to Crater lake one way is 5.5...
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  • Durango, Colorado

    Camp at Little Molas Lake

    5.0
    1 mi / 40 ft gain
    Little Molas Lake Campground is about 1 mile off of US Highway 550 on Molas Pass just North of and on the other side of the highway from the Molas Overlook. Pro-tip: there is also another campground nearby called Molas Lake Park & Campground, so it's important to distinguish which you are hea...
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  • Durango, Colorado

    Hike the Colorado Trail: Little Molas Lake to Lime Creek

    5.0
    10 mi / 755 ft gain
    To hike this section of the Colorado Trail, you'll begin from the Little Molas Lake Campground at around 10,895-ft. Little Molas Lake Campground is about 1 mile off of US Highway 550 on Molas Pass just North of and on the other side of the highway from the Molas Overlook, which is just South of S...
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  • Durango, Colorado

    Backpack to Island Lake

    5.0
    8 mi / 3000 ft gain
    From the Ice Lakes basin Trailhead, this 8 mile round trip trail with 3000 feet of elevation gain will bring you to the Ice Lakes Basin with an abundance of beautiful lakes, especially Island Lake and Ice Lake. We camped on a little shelf above Island Lake, but you can camp anywhere you find a ni...
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