Hiking The Missionary Ridge Trail

The 47th most popular hiking trail in Colorado.

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Near Durango, the Missionary Ridge Trail is a 8.2 mile route with 2,700 feet of vertical. This trail is excellent during late spring through mid-fall, due to its relatively low elevation and southeast-facing slopes. The trail winds through timber on the lower section, but opens up farther along the trail. The trail climbs steeply for two miles at the beginning, then dips and climbs up to mile 7. From this point, the last 1.2 miles is level to the junction with Stevens Creek Trail. You will find rock ledges, water bars, fallen trees, and switchbacks on this varied trail. This trail is excellent for viewing the fall colors of the Gambel oak and aspen trees. It is not uncommon to see large game such as elk and mule deer in the Missionary Ridge Trail area.

To reach the hiking trailhead from US550 in Durango, head east on 32nd Street and travel to the end, turning left (north) on County Road 250. After just over 5 miles of travel, youll see a sign (on the right (east) side of the road) for Haflin Creek, park here.

Overall, Missionary Ridge Trail is the 47th most popular hiking trail of all 72 hikes in Colorado. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Missionary Ridge Trail including Molas Pass Backpack Trail and Animas River Trail.

Missionary Ridge Trail Hiking Map



Local Contact(s):  San Juan National Forest (970) 247-4874; Durango Visitors (800) GO DURANGO; CO Visitors (800) COLORADO.

Recommended Book:  "100 Classic Hikes Colorado" from Scott Warren

Recommended Map:  "Durango Trail Map" from National Geographic

Best Season:  Jun. - Oct.

Average Difficulty:  Difficult

Base Camp:  Durango Hostel (970) 247-9905; Riverhouse B&B (800) 254-4775; NFS Pine River Campground

Luxury Loding:  Tamarron Resort; Strater Hotel (800) 247-4431

Breakfast Restaurant:  Durango Diner; Durango Coffee Company

Reference Source:  click here http://www.fs.usda.gov/sanjuan/

Date Published:  12/31/2015

Date Updated:  6/25/2016

ID:  19305

Missionary Ridge Trail Hiking Map


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