North of Durango and south of Silverton at Molas Pass, a nice 20 mile section of the Colorado Trail starts at 10,880 feet and runs through an 1879 burn area with views of the Grenadiers and La Plata Mountains. Camp in the West Lime Creek drainage, seven miles in. At mile ten, a small alpine lake is hidden by willows on a rise, and three miles farther, high falls plunge into a gorge at Cascade Creek. Proceed over a saddle into the Hermosa Creek Drainage at mile 18, where it leads to Bolam Road.
To reach the hiking trailhead from Silverton, drive south 5.5 miles on US550 to a road on the left marked Molas Trail. Go two-tenths of a mile on this dirt road to the Colorado Trail.
Overall, Molas Pass Backpack Trail is the 4th most popular hiking trail of all 72 hikes in Colorado.