Getting to the Engine Creek Trail from either direction involves some preliminary hiking, making an overnight stay helpful. There is a good central location and campsite at timberline where the trail starts down along Engine Creek, where you will have a beautiful view of Engineer Mountain and Jura Knob.
Directions from Silverton, Colorado: Access 1: Take U.S. Highway 550 north of Silverton approximately 2 miles. Take a left on South Mineral Creek (FDR 585). Go about 2 miles past South Mineral Campground and turn left at the fork in the road. Rico-Silverton Trail begins at the end of the road. Engine Creek Trail breaks from the Rico-Silverton Trail (FDT 507) off to the east about 3 miles up in an alpine saddle.
Directions from Durango: Travel approximately 30 miles north of Durango on U.S. Highway 550 and go to the hairpin turn just past Cascade Village. Turn left (west) on Cascade Creek and go to the end of the summer homes. Take Cascade Creek Trail about 4 miles. The Engine Creek Trail sign will mark the turnoff to the right.
Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend .