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Backpacking: Colorado > San Juan National Forest > Columbine Ranger District

Quick Facts

Clear Creek Trail

Beginning Elevation: 10,200 Feet (3179.6 Meters)
Difficulty: More Difficult
Elevation Gain: 2,800 Feet (872.8 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 7,400 Feet (2306.7 Meters)
Length, One-way: 6.0 Miles (10.0 Kilometers)
Recommended Season: Memorial Day through September
Trail Number: 550 Crossing Hermosa Creek during spring runoff can be hazardous. Please use extreme caution!
Usage: Moderate
USGS Maps: Monument Hill


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General Description

The trail drops 2,800 feet from Junction Creek Road with very little uphill in between! Fishing is a possibility and there are several campsites along the way, especially near the bottom. There are bears in the area, so caution should be used.

Directions from Durango, Colorado: Heading North on Main Street in Durango, turn left (west) on 25th Street until it turns into Junction Creek Road. Follow this road for approximately 22 miles. The trailhead is on the north side of the road.

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



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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking A number of sites, especially near the bottom
Yes
ICON Cold Water Fishing Hermosa Creek
Yes
ICON Hiking & Walking Clear Creek Trail
Yes



Related Activities
Dutch Creek Trail - This trail follows a 10,000 foot ridge line for the first few miles which give a panoramic view of the La Platas and Needle Mountains.

Hermosa Creek Trail - Renowned among mountain bikers, this trail offers a lengthy trip back to Hermosa, mostly paralleling the creek, with great side hikes and loop trips. This trail is also used by hikers, horses, motorcycles and ATVs.

Little Elk Creek Trail - This quiet trail offers beautiful views and during the first few miles, the La Plata Mountains, Hermosa Valley and Animas Valley are within view.

South Fork Trail (Columbine Ranger District) - This trail provides beautiful meadows, good fishing, great views and access to other trails. There are a few creek crossings and spring runoff can create challenges.



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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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