Public access to the trail requires hikers to wade the Florida River. There is a private bridge about 1/2 mile north of the parking area. Remember to ask permission before crossing private property. The trail is very steep for the first 1.5 miles with about a 1,200 foot rise in elevation as the trail reaches Horse Thief Park on the top of Missionary Ridge. The trail is heavily used during the hunting seasons.
Directions from Durango, Colorado: Take Florida Road (County Road 240) east out of Durango for approximately 12 miles to the junction with County Road 243 to the upper (north) end of Lemon Reservoir. Forest Service public parking and services are available here.
Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend .