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Quick Facts

Kennebec Pass-Junction Creek Road Trail

Beginning Elevation: 11,600 Feet (3616.0 Meters)
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 4,640 Feet (1446.4 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 6,960 Feet (2169.6 Meters)
Length: 14.5 Miles (24.17 Kilometers)
Trail Number: 553
Usage: Heavy
USGS Maps: La Plata, Monument Hill, Durango West

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General Description

This is a popular mountain bike loop near Durango which starting at Mayday, makes for a difficult workout. Alternatively, one can begin at Kennebec Pass which makes a long downhill run with most of the route on gravel road. NOTE: Care should be taken to make certain that you are indeed on the Slickrock trail from Kennebec Pass which heads generally east toward the Junction Creek Road. Numerous other trails in the vicinity could lead one astray. A common mistake is to head north into the South Fork of Hermosa Creek.

Directions from Durango, Colorado: Follow U.S. Hwy 160 11.0 miles west to Forest Access La Plata Canyon Road (County Road 124). Go north for 3.5 miles to Mayday. The gravel road can be ridden from the vicinity of Mayday, or bikes can be transported in a high clearance vehicle to Kennebec Pass, an additional 10.0 miles.

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

Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Part of the Colorado Trail. Updated: 2001-11-14 12:54:00.0

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking
ICON Mountain Biking

Related Activities
Junction Creek Campground - Junction Creek Campground is a good base camp for Durango activities. The campground is on a south-facing hillside a small distance above Junction Creek.

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 Campground - This four-acre campground has 12 sites in a small aspen grove northeast of Mancos.

Transfer Group Picnic Ground - The group picnic area has five double tables, a large group area, a serving table, and cooking grills, as well as a large fire pit and amphitheater, ideal for evening storytelling. Smaller, free family picnic sites are also available.

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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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