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

Quick Facts

Youngs Canyon Trail

Beginning Elevation: 8,200 Feet (2556.1 Meters)
Difficulty: Most Difficult
Elevation Gain: 2,040 Feet (635.9 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 10,240 Feet (3192.0 Meters)
Length, One-way: 4.5 Miles (7.5 Kilometers)
Trail Number: 546A
Usage: Light Except during hunting seasons
USGS Maps: Lemon Reservoir

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General Description

Public access to the trail requires hikers to wade the Florida River. There is a private bridge about 1/2 mile north of the parking area. Remember to ask permission before crossing private property. The trail is very steep for the first 1.5 miles with about a 1,200 foot rise in elevation as the trail reaches Horse Thief Park on the top of Missionary Ridge. The trail is heavily used during the hunting seasons.

Directions from Durango, Colorado: Take Florida Road (County Road 240) east out of Durango for approximately 12 miles to the junction with County Road 243 to the upper (north) end of Lemon Reservoir. Forest Service public parking and services are available here.

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

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Camping Lemon Reservoir
ICON Cold Water Fishing Lemon Reservoir
ICON Hiking & Walking Youngs Canyon Trail
ICON Hunting Heavily used in season

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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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