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Quick Facts

Sliderock Trail

Beginning Elevation: 10,400 Feet (3241.9 Meters)
Difficulty: More Difficult
Elevation Gain: 1,400 Feet (436.4 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 11,800 Feet (3678.3 Meters)
Length: 2.2 Miles (3.67 Kilometers)
Trail Number: 622
Usage: Heavy
USGS Maps: La Plata, Monument Hill
Vehicle Accessibility: Four-wheel Drive Vehicle High clearance needed for the last section of the road.

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General Description

The Sliderock Trail is a small portion of the Colorado Trail. This trail offers excellent views and photographic opportunities, especially on Kennebec Pass. A consideration is the exposure on this trail, especially in the areas at or above timberline. High country storms can move in quickly, so be prepared for inclement weather.

No water is available on this trail. The first section of trail climbs up several switchbacks, then eases around the ridge. The trail then breaks out of the timber and cuts upward across a sloped field. This trail also offers access to Cumberland Mountain.

Directions from Durango, Colorado: Access 1: Turn west on 25th Street in Durango. This is County Road 204 and it turns into Junction Creek Road (Forest Road 171). In another 3 miles the road crosses a cattle guard and turns into dirt. Keep going north another 17.5 miles to Champion Venture Road. Go 0.7 miles to where the trail crosses the road. Limited parking is available here.Access 2: Drive west on U.S. Highway 160 from Durango for 15 miles to La Plata Canyon turn-off (County Road 124, Forest Road 571).

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

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking Sliderock Trail
ICON Mountain Climbing Cumberland Mountain accessible
ICON Viewing Scenery Kennebec Pass, excellent views and photo opportunities

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.

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Frequently Asked Questions
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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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