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.
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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.
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