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

Quick Facts

Highline Loop National Recreation Trail

Beginning Elevation: 11,600 Feet (3616.0 Meters)
Difficulty: More Difficult
Length: 17.0 Miles (28.33 Kilometers)
Trail Number: 607B
Usage: Light
USGS Maps: La Plata, Orphan Butte, Wallace Ranch

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General Description

Several trails traverse the high country, including the Highline Loop National Recreational Trail. The trail travels 17.0 miles through mountain parks, aspen groves, and spruce/fir forest, and along alpine ridge tops above timberline. High elevation trail somewhat difficult to follow. Affords excellent views of Hermosa Creek.

Directions from Durango, Colorado: Take U.S. Highway 160 west of Durango for 11 miles to County Road #124 at Herperus. Turn right (north) here and travel through Mayday, following the La Plata River. This road becomes Forest Development Road #498 and the last 3 miles to Kennebec Pass are 4WD only.

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

Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Beautiful ridge and valley trail. Long, and watch the weather. Updated: 2001-11-14 12:53:00.0

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking Highline Loop National Recreation Trail
ICON Horseback Riding

Related Activities
Kroeger Campground - The campground is six miles up the canyon and shaded by a mixture of spruce, fir, aspen, and cottonwood. Expect cool nights during the summer at this elevation of 9,000 feet.

Snowslide Campground - Snowslide Campground sits 5 miles up La Plata Canyon from Highway 160. La Plata Canyon and its campgrounds are heavily used during the camping season.

Transfer Park Campground - Transfer Park Campground, at 8,600 feet, is a mile up the road from Florida Campground. The campground is 11 acres and offers cool settings under mixed conifers and small aspens.

More Information
Frequently Asked Questions
Email the Local Ranger

Visitor Information:

Columbine Ranger District, 367 South Pearl Street, P.O. Box 439 , Bayfield, CO, 81122, Phone: 970-884-2512, Fax: 970-884-2428, TTY: 970-884-1433


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