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Hiking & Walking: Colorado > San Juan National Forest > Columbine Ranger District

Quick Facts

Cunningham Gulch Trail

Beginning Elevation: 11,400 Feet (3553.6 Meters)
Difficulty: Most Difficult
Elevation Gain: 800 Feet (249.4 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 12,200 Feet (3803.0 Meters)
Length, One-way: 2.5 Miles (4.17 Kilometers)
Recommended Season: August Best month to see blooming wildflowers.
Trail Number: 502
Usage: Moderate
USGS Maps: Howardsville

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General Description

This trail provides the shortest route to the Continental Divide in this district. It offers many opportunities for rock-hunting, fishing and the observation of the flora and fauna of the high country. In August you will find the best proliferation of flowers. The Continental Divide provides photo opportunities of the Grenadier Mountains. Most of the hike is above timberline.

Directions from Silverton, Colorado: Follow U.S. Highway 550 to Silverton. Continue north through the town toward Howardsville. Approximately 3 miles past Howardsville, turn onto Cunningham Gulch Road (FDR #589) and follow this road to the trailhead. 2WD vehicles may not be able to make it to the end. About 3/4 of a mile from the trailhead there is parking available for those wishing to stop.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking Cunningham Gulch Trail
ICON Viewing Scenery Grenadier Mountains

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Visitor Information:

Durango Area Chamber Resort Association, 111 South Camino Del Rio , Durango, CO, 81301, Phone: 800-463-8726, Fax: 970-385-7884, durango@frontier.net


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