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Quick Facts

Engineer Mountain Trail

Beginning Elevation: 9,000 Feet (2805.5 Meters)
Difficulty: More Difficult
Length, One-way: 11 Miles (18.33 Kilometers)
Recommended Season: July and August Good months for viewing wildflowers.
Trail Number: 508
Usage: Moderate
USGS Maps: Engineer Mountain

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General Description

Engineer Mountain
Copyright: F.A. Kingwell
Engineer Mountain
The trail is in good shape and maintains an even uphill grade. It offers access to Engineer Mountain and the possibility for loop hikes to get views of both the lower valley and the Needle and Grenadier Mountain Ranges. The trail is primarily located on south facing slopes and is usually accessible during late spring. Both of the trailhead access points are good for viewing native wildflowers in July and August. The trail begins in spruce-fir forest and gradually winds up to subalpine tundra. Be sure to carry ample water.

Directions from Durango, Colorado: Access 1: Travel 31 miles north of Durango on U.S. Highway 550 to the Engineer Mountain Guard Station. The station is reached by going 2/3's of a mile past Cascade Village and turning west for about 100 yards on Forest Road 817. The trailhead is on the north side of the road just past the cattle guard.

Directions from Durango, Colorado: Access 2: Travel approximately 37 miles north of Durango on U.S. 550 Highway and at the top of Coal Bank Pass turn west on the dirt road and follow it 50 yards to the Pass Creek Trail 500.

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

Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Rock scrambling and exposure on the way to the peak. Watch for lightening. Updated: 2001-07-30 14:45:00.0

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking Engineer Mountain Trail
ICON Viewing Scenery Variety of wildflowers in July and August

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

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.

Pass Trail - This is the quickest access to Engineer Mountain. You can also combine this trail with Coal Creek or Deer Creek Trails to make a nice loop trip.

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


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