Home | Getting Started | Gift Center | Gear Store | Topo Maps | My Wildernet | Newsletter Signup

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

Quick Facts

Pass Trail

Average Time: Full Day
Beginning Elevation: 10,600 Feet (3304.2 Meters)
Difficulty: More Difficult
Elevation Gain: 1,400 Feet (436.4 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 12,000 Feet (3740.6 Meters)
Length, One-way: 2.2 Miles (3.67 Kilometers)
Recommended Season: Early to MidSeason
Trail Number: 500
Usage: Heavy
USGS Maps: Engineer Mountain

Outfitters and Guides

Satellite and Topo Map

General Description

Pass Trail provides the quickest access to Engineer Mountain. It climbs above the highway up moderate switchbacks. From there, it is a gradual climb up to the base of Engineer Mountain. Much of the trail is through the heavily wooded northern slope where snow can linger into the summer.

Toward the top, the trail breaks out into some beautiful alpine meadows at the base of Engineer Mountain. If you want to keep going you can follow the Engineer Mountain Trail north towards Jura Knob. You can also use Coal Creek or Deer Creek Trails to make a nice loop trip.

Directions from Durango, Colorado: Access 1: Take U.S. Hwy 550 approximately 30 miles north of Durango to just past the pull-off area on the top of Coal Bank Pass. To reach the parking area, turn at the "Pass Trail, Engineer Mountain" trailhead sign.Access 2: Approximately 30 miles north of Durango, turn left at Engineer Mountain Trailhead. Follow this trail five miles to intersect with Pass Trail at the base of Engineer Mountain

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

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

Add your own trip Report! Newly re-released feature. One of the most popular features on Wildernet, trip reports allow you to share your experiences with others. This is an invaluable resource for determining what to expect on your outdoor adventure, so please participate! To prevent spamming, you must be a registered user of Wildernet in order to submit a trip report

Time of Day: varies
Length of Time: couple hours
Difficulty: Easy
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Not Recommended
Report: This may be the most crowded trail in the area. Went on a tuesday in July and saw 20 or 30 people. Tried it this past June and it was virtually impassable due to large amounts of snow. Nice view up top, but it quickly becomes very exposed, and not conducive to people such as myself who are afraid of heights.
Conditions: Snow, mud, rain.

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking Pass Trail
ICON Viewing Scenery Beautiful alpine meadows at the base of Engineer Mountain

Related Activities
Coal Creek Trail - The Coal Creek Trail climbs up through fairly steep terrain, passing through a predominately coniferous forest. There are occasional breaks in the trees that offer scenic views of the West Needles.

Deer Creek Trail - This trail can be a moderate, scenic day hike or an overnighter when combined with other trails. Fishing opportunities are available.

Engineer Mountain Trail - This trail is in good shape and offers loop possibilities and a wide range of native wildflowers in July and August as you travel through the various zones.

More Information
Frequently Asked Questions
Email the Local Ranger

Visitor Information:

Columbine Ranger District, 367 South Pearl Street, P.O. Box 439 , Bayfield, CO, 81122, Phone: 970-884-2512, Fax: 970-884-2428, TTY: 970-884-1433


About Wildernet |  Email to a Friend  |  Disclaimer |  Privacy |  Contact Us  | Comments & Suggestions
Advertisers & Sponsors |  Owners & Operators |  Tourism Promotors
©1995-2019 Interactive Outdoors Inc. All rights reserved.