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

Quick Facts

Shearer Creek Trail

Beginning Elevation: 7,600 Feet (2369.1 Meters)
Difficulty: More Difficult
Elevation Gain: 2,400 Feet (748.1 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 10,000 Feet (3117.2 Meters)
Length, One-way: 7.7 Miles (12.83 Kilometers)
Recommended Season: Spring Can be hot in summer
Trail Number: 558
Usage: Heavy Used heavily be horses.
USGS Maps: Rules Hill, Lemon Reservoir

Satellite and Topo Map

General Description

This trail can get long and hot in the summer, making spring an ideal hiking time. The stream needs to be crossed a couple times near the bottom of the trail. Horses use this trail heavily. Along the top of the trail, the views are quite beautiful.

Directions from Durango, Colorado: Take Florida Road (County Road 240) east out of Durango approximately 9 1/2 miles to a dirt pull-off on the left side of the road directly across from the restaurant parking lot. There are a few spaces here and other parking spaces across the road.

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

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: Joline Morrison (Bayfield, CO)
Time of Day: 7 hours
Length of Time: no
Difficulty: Hard
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Not Recommended
Report: The trail has interesting Missionary Ridge scenery for the first 4.5 miles. After that point, the trail is almost impossible to follow due to heavy brush and fallen logs. We never found the final few miles of the trail despite spending an hour bushwhacking.
Conditions: Lots of fallen trees and creek washouts make the trail difficult. It's impossible to hike quickly.
Water Availability: Plenty of water due to the numerous creek crossings.
Recommended Clothing: We hiked on a rainy day so the temperature and sun weren't a problem. The trail would be hot on a sunny day.
Suggested Accessories: Hiking sticks are highly recommended to help with creek crossings and navigating over fallen logs.

Time of Day: n/a
Length of Time: n/a
Difficulty: Easy
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Not Recommended
Report: This trail has been closed since the summer of 2002 due to the Missionary Ridge Fire.

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking Shearer Creek Trail
ICON Horseback Riding Heavily used
ICON Viewing Scenery Nice views near the top of the trail

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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