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This trail is in good shape and offers loop possibilities and a wide range of native wildflowers in July and August as you travel through the various zones.

The trail is in good shape and maintains an even uphill grade. It offers access to Engineer Mountain and the possibility for loop hikes to get views of both the lower valley and the Needle and Grenadier Mountain Ranges. The trail is primarily located on south facing slopes and is usually accessible during late spring. Both of the trailhead access points are good for viewing native wildflowers in July and August. The trail begins in spruce-fir forest and gradually winds up to subalpine tundra. Be sure to carry ample water.

Directions: From Durango, Colorado, Access 2: Travel approximately 37 miles north of Durango on U.S. 550 Highway and at the top of Coal Bank Pass turn west on the dirt road and follow it 50 yards to the Pass Creek Trail 500.

Elevation: 9,000 feet

Usage: Moderate

Difficulty: Strenuous

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San Juan National Forest, Colorado

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