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

Quick Facts

Graysill Trail

Beginning Elevation: 9,600 Feet (2992.5 Meters)
Difficulty: More Difficult
Elevation Gain: 2,120 Feet (660.8 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 11,720 Feet (3653.4 Meters)
Length: 3.0 Miles (5.0 Kilometers)
Trail Number: 506
Usage: Light
USGS Maps: Engineer Mountain




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General Description

This trail provides a quick and easy way out of Cascade Canyon. From the bottom of Cascade Creek, the trail backs up north-facing slope to Cascade Divide Road. Trail is sign posted through old timber cuts below the road. There is no water on this trail. The main attraction from this trail is to get to the Rico-Silverton Trail instead of going all the way to the end of Cascade Creek.

Directions from Durango, Colorado: 30 miles north of Durango on U.S. Highway 550, turn west on the Cascade dirt road (frontage access sign). This road eventually turns to 4WD but there is a little cul-de-sac area just past the flume where some parking is available. If continuing, follow the dirt road approximately 3/4 of a mile to a red gate before a cabin on the right. Open the gate and follow the road until it dead ends at the trailhead. Follow Cascade Creek Trail to the Graysill Junction.

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



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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking Graysill Trail
Yes



Related Activities
Chris Park Group Site - There are three sites each of which accommodates up to 75 people that are available by reservation only. The park is mostly flat and open with partial shaded provided by a few large Ponderosa pines.

Engine Creek Trail - Getting to the trail involves a bit of hiking, so planning an overnight is helpful. There is a good campsite at timberline with great views.

Haviland Lake - Haviland Lake Fishing site is a scenic area located about one mile off U.S. Highway 550. Fishing can be good and row boating is permissible.

Haviland Lake Campground - Haviland Lake Campground has scenic and convenient campsites a mile off of U.S. 550. With the Hermosa Cliffs in the background, morning views across the reservoir are memorable.

Sig Creek Campground - Sig Creek Campground is six miles west of the Purgatory resort, on the Hermosa Park Road (Forest Road 578). Nine sites on four acres sit on a south-facing hillside about 0.25 mile from the East Fork of Hermosa Creek.



More Information

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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