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

Quick Facts

Deer Creek Trail

Beginning Elevation: 9,800 Feet (3054.9 Meters)
Difficulty: More Difficult
Elevation Gain: 1,100 Feet (342.9 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 10,900 Feet (3397.8 Meters)
Length, One-way: 3.0 Miles (5.0 Kilometers)
Trail Number: 678
Usage: Light
USGS Maps: Engineer Mountain

Satellite and Topo Map

General Description

Deer Creek provides some excellent views of the West Needle Mountains along with moderate hiking and good access to other trails. This trail is a great day hike, but can be combined with other trails such as Coal Creek and Engineer Mountain Trails for an overnighter. The trail ascends through some aspens, then switchbacks up a gully right above a small limestone cliff band. The trail continues through some nice meadows parallel to Deer Creek, then it more or less disappears. The other option is to keep going straight up the valley/bowl to Engineer Mountain Trail.

Directions from Durango, Colorado: Approximately 38 miles north of Durango on U.S. Highway 550, drive into the hairpin turn and over Deer Creek. Continue another 1/8 of a mile or so to the dirt pull-off on the south side of the road. The trailhead begins on the north side of the road.

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

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Combine with other trails such as Coal Creek and Engineer Mountain Trails
ICON Cold Water Fishing Deer Creek
ICON Hiking & Walking Deer Creek Trail
ICON Viewing Scenery West Needle Mountains

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.

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.

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

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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