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Quick Facts

West Lime 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 Miles (5.0 Kilometers)
Recommended Season: Spring Best time to view Waterfalls
Trail Number: 679
Usage: Moderate
USGS Maps: Engineer Mountain, Ophir

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General Description

The trail leads off on the north side of West Lime Creek and follows it for several miles, crosses it and leaves. There are several waterfalls along the creek. In July and August the wildflowers are usually prolific. The trail fades out below the Twin Sisters.

Directions from Durango, Colorado: Drive 39 miles north from Durango on U.S. Highway 550. The trailhead is approximately 1 mile north of the low point between Coal Bank and Molas Pass on the big, sweeping hairpin turn. Parking is available on the east side of the road in the large turn-out south of the trailhead.

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

Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Limited parking on the highway. The trail follows the Creek up. Updated: 2003-09-03 12:15:00.0

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking West Lime Creek Trail
ICON Viewing Scenery Several waterfalls; wildflowers in July and August

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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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