Hiking The Molas Pass Backpack Trail

The 4th most popular hiking trail in Colorado.

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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. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Molas Pass Backpack Trail including Animas River Trail and Missionary Ridge Trail.

Colorado Trail Near Durango (CO/US)

Colorado Trail Near Durango (CO/US)

Molas Pass Backpack Trail Hiking Map



Local Contact(s):  San Juan National Forest (970) 247-4874; Durango Visitors (800) GO DURANGO; CO Visitors (800) COLORADO; Colorado Trail Ranch, Durango (800) 323-3833; Continental Divide Packtrips, Durango (970) 259-6259; Echo Basin Ranch, Durango (800) 426-1890.

Recommended Book:  "Hiking Colorado" from Maryann Gaug

Recommended Map:  "Durango Trail Map" from National Geographic

Best Season:  Jun. - Oct.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  Durango Hostel (970) 247-9905; Silverton Hostel

Luxury Loding:  Blue Lake Ranch (970) 385-4537

Breakfast Restaurant:  Durango Diner; Durango Coffee Company

Reference Source:  click here http://www.coloradotrail.org/

GPS:  37.7391, -107.6977

Date Published:  12/26/2015

Date Updated:  8/2/2016

ID:  6854

Molas Pass Backpack Trail Hiking Map


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