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

Quick Facts

Molas Trail

Average Time: 10,000 Feet (3117.2 Meters)
Difficulty: More Difficult
Ending Elevation: 8,900 Feet (2774.3 Meters)
Length, One-way: 4 Miles (6.67 Kilometers)
Trail Number: 665
Usage: Heavy
USGS Maps: Snowdon

Satellite and Topo Map

General Description

Molas Pass Area
Copyright: F.A. Kingwell
Molas Pass Area
This trail definitely goes down which means coming back up is work. Luckily, you may opt to take the Elk Creek Trail (Forest Development Trail 503) or you can catch the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge train at Elk Creek. The first part of the trail gently descends through some pretty meadows next to the creek. Here you will fine excellent views of the Grenadiers and Needles. The trail then begins to drop sharply down the 1,500 foot descent to the Animas River.

Directions from Durango, Colorado: Drive 46 miles north of Durango on U.S. Highway 550. About 1 mile north of Molas Pass, turn east into the Molas Lake access road. There is plenty of parking available next to the highway and at the trailhead. The trail leads off from the southwestern side of the lake.

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

Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Short and scenic for the first mile or so (good day trip) then it drops steeply toward the river Updated: 2003-09-03 12:16:00.0

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking Molas Trail

Related Activities
Elk Creek Trail - A very popular trail! The Narrow Gauge Railroad has a stop at "Elk Creek" and this trail gives access to the Continental Divide and Weminuche Wilderness.

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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