Hermosa Creek - Trail, Durango, Colorado

Hermosa Creek - Trail, Durango, Colorado

DESCRIPTION

Hermosa Creek is 21 miles of some of the best singletrack in the 4 Corners area. The most difficult part of the trail would be the descent or ascent from Dutch Creek. This is the second bridge crossing. This is one trail where discretion is the better part of valor. Take extra food and water.

USER REVIEWS

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[May 28, 2013]
dmar123
Cross Country Rider

Let me save you from doing just an ok ride to a spectacular ride...follow the directions here...with this variation you will get some high country riding and some amazing views and still experience the Hermosa Creek Trail!!

Customer Service

So if you are going to shuttle the ride you should do this variation, it offers amazing views, a great descent with some small climbs in the High country...Drive up Durango resort on the gravel road, Hang a left onto 581 towards Ebert Creek Trail. Park at Ebert Creek Trail Head. Ride up Ebert Creek Trail to Big Lick Trail. Descend Big Lick down to Hermosa Creek. This will put you at the first bridge crossing of the Hermosa creek trail. All the riding after this bridge on Hermosa is great!! Big Lick Trail is marked as a black diamond on the map but it is not hard, anyone can do it. you will be fine on any xc bike.

It would be great if more people rode this trail seems like it could use a little TLC in terms of cleaning up some of the deadfall...but this did not detract from the ride at all. Just do it you will be glad you did.


If you are itching to see the upper section of the Hermosa trail you can still now do it as an out an back(which we did) to tack on some extra miles, but honestly you are not missing anything, It is a heavily traveled double track multi use section of trail, with motorized vehicles.

Similar Products Used:

Dry Fork Trail>Colrado Trail- out n back to high point> Hoffheins Connect> Dry Fork

Horse Gulch Trails...Telegraph>Yellow Brick Road>Sidewinder>Cowboy>Sale Barn...set up a shuttle or pedal the road back

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5
VALUE
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3
[Sep 01, 2009]
fttvienna
Cross Country Rider

This trail seemed more intermediate than advanced. My family and I rode it. It was great! Really. Could not tell if you were riding up hill or down hill. Beautiful views. Great trail head
Watch for livestock. Start early you won't want to stop..............

Customer Service

Any way out of Campground

Similar Products Used:

Horse Gulch
Colorado Trail

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RATING
5
VALUE
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3
[Sep 16, 2008]
Bo Nolen
Cross Country Rider

A awsome first day trail. Not super high altitude. You will see Aspens, Lodge Pole and Pondarosa Pines. There are one or two hike a bike sections, but what self respecting CO trail dosen't have a hike a bike. Upper section is a jeep trail running next to Hermosa Creek (lots of trout) but it turns to a beautiful single track shortly. Great place to get the flow going after traveling to town for a week of ridding.

Customer Service

We were camped at Hermosa Park. A buddy and I took the truck down to the lower trail head. We road about half way up Hermosa till we met the rest of the crew who rode from the top. Once we met up we rode Dutch Creek out and and back (up and down). Read up on Dutch before you try it. Once back to Hermosa, we turned and road as a group back to the lower trail head.

I used three tubes, three liters of water, one Sneckers, one Power Bar, a whole gel flask and a sandwich bag of GORP.

There is beer at the store below the trail head.

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There are several loops on the top end of Hermosa Creek that include Hotel Draw, the Colorado Trail and one of several option for returning to Hermosa. One option for returning to Hermosa from the CT is 521 but the Secrete Trail is better. Stay away from 519. The Secrete Trail is not marked and I will say nothing further as I fear the pack of Durango locals who swore me to secrecy might show up at my house and puncture my tires.

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5
VALUE
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3
[Oct 16, 2007]
uofabill
Cross Country Rider


Five us rode this trail on 10/01/07 at the urging of one of our riding buddies. He said it was a "must do" trail. I think we all agreed.
We shuttled to the upper TH past the ski area and left a car at the Lower TH.
The upper part is spectacular, pretty wide and mostly downhill. Gorgeous Scenery, we were about a week early to catch the aspens at their peak.
I was expecting a lot of creek crossings, instead there are bridges over most of the bigger water which is sweet.
It took us about 4.5 hrs which included some stops for snacks and photos and general gawking at the mountain.
We'd been warned about "the climb out at the end." Just before that came we met two local, shaved legged, local guys riding up. They pointed back over their shoulders from where they'd come and said, "you're gonna have trouble back there!" From the way they looked we were pretty sure they were right.....they were!
The first part of the climb is close to impossibly steep but then turns into "just a hard climb," or trudge as the case might be.
In the end that was a acceptable price to pay for what came before.
It lived up to our expectations.

Customer Service

Shuttle to Upper TH and ride down to Lower Hermosa TH or Hermosa.

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5
VALUE
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4
[Jun 25, 2007]
T-1977
Cross Country Rider

I decided upon the "Jones-Dutch-Hermosa Loop" described in John Peel's "Mountain Biking Durango"; a 19.6 +/- ride with approximately 4,828 feet of gain and plenty of areas which are not rideable. If you choose bring extra water, possibly a filter and headlamp and be prepared to be somewhat pissed at times. Probably not a first date kind of ride. Needless to say, as this book was published nearly 10 years ago; the trail(s) have changed considerably. The first 4.5 miles are a smooth nice and steady climb, after this though the trail changes significantly. I particularly liked the description at 4.5 Miles “Begin a steep uphill stretch…some sections likely will require bike-pushing…” This is an understatement at the very least. About this time I began reciting the “likely will require” over and over as I am essentially scrambling up this hill, bike en-tow, thinking WTF is this. The trail is so trashed, washed out and rutted from cattle and dirt bikes it’s impossible to ride. You may as well just push and push some more. It just keeps on going. I think that much of the smooth single track noted in the book has been abused and there are a TON of fallen Aspen branches to squirrel your tires sideways and steal any power you may be putting to the ground as if you were on a set of rollers. Once you hit Dutch Creek trail it smoothes out and you can actually have some relief and this is pretty nice with multiple stream crossings and great scenery. Caution as a portion of this trail was washed out and along side the creek there are areas with a fair drop-off on the left. They’re planning on doing some repair shortly as indicated by orange flags. I’m pretty sure I pushed my bike at least 1/3 of this trail. You may want to bring a water filter on this as its pretty strenuous. I was through 3 liters by about mile 11 or so, saved only by my additional water bottle. Bring a lot of calories too!

Customer Service

Either keep ascending up Dutch Creek and turn around or get a good map and make your own loop. The intensity of climbing and pushing your bike may be balanced out by additional mileage on smoother terrain. Possibly looping into Little Elk Creek trail. Who knows. Like others have stated this may be worth not doing as a loop.

Similar Products Used:

1. Dry Fork, Colorado Trail, Hoffheins - it's a quick and mostly shaded trail with a super fun downhill section. About 9.2 miles.

2. Durango in town: Linking and looping in Horse Gulch from E. 8th ave and 3rd. Horse Gulch to Telegraph up, and back then (or Anasazi Descent) to Mikes Loop to a trail with double LL's (cant remember name).

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RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jun 08, 2007]
Tag1
Cross Country Rider

We did the Jones>Pinkerton/Flagstaff>Dutch Creek>Hermosa route that mtnbiketodd describes below.

We didn't want to shuttle so we wanted a loop. For everyone else's benefit - I wanted to clarify that after the initial 4-5 mile climb, you will PUSH and CARRY your bike over another appx. 4 miles of steep, uphill, unrideable trail. It's bad. Yes the scenery up Jones is amazing, and the last little 2-3 miles of single track down Dutch are great too, but NOT WORTH pushing/carrying your bike for at least 1-2 hours in the middle of this loop. Plus after the nice Dutch single track stretch which parallels the river, your back to a few more miles of pretty mediocre trail. This loop was a pretty big disappointment. 10-12 miles of climbing/hiking/pushing/being very pissed off for 2-3 miles of very nice singletrack. It's your call.

Customer Service

If you ride it, Go up Jones, and then up Pinkerton/Flagstaff, until you reach the T-junction with the gnarly rocky unrideable climb on your left - Then turn around and ride it all back down. Wish we would have done that!

Similar Products Used:

Telegraph>sidewinder>cowboy

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2
VALUE
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5
[May 19, 2007]
Brian Barrett
Cross Country Rider

I did the loop from the lower Hermosa trailhead discussed below. There must be a few bears up there because my story is similar to the guy below except I guess I wasn't angry enough to stare down the bear. Pinkerton Flagstaff is a pain in the ass as it's just a series of very steep ups and downs and about 50% hike a bike. I was up there in mid-May and there was a decent amount of snow on the north facing slopes (hip deep at times) and a ton of mud in other places. I'm sure it's a lot easier when it dries (for the douche who wants to go off on me for riding muddy trails I was told that the trail was good to ride by a local shop).

Based on the map I must have been a 1/4 mile from Dutch Creek when I saw the bear. The thing was massive. I had my 1 yr old lab with me and if he had seen it it would have made for trouble. He had chased three massive elk through the woods about an hour earlier. I did a quick turnaround and had to retrace my route on Pinkerton Flagstaff through the snow and mud. That was a royal pain in the ass. The downhill after that was fun but because of my u-turn at the worst possible time and all the hike a bike and snow it took me 4 hours and 45 minutes. Unless you're an animal I'd plan on 3 to 3 1/2 hours for this ride because of the PF trail. Add an extra hour if you see the bear and opt to avoid a confrontation.

Customer Service

As described below. Try not to do PF out and back as I had to. Bring some bear mace so you don't miss the 8 miles of killer downhill on Dutch Creek.

Similar Products Used:

Colorado Trail.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 16, 2006]
mtnbiketodd
Weekend Warrior

I ended up riding the Jones Creek to Pinkerton-Flagstaff to Dutch Creek and back via the lower Hermosa Creek Trail.

I have to say the 4 mile climb up Jones Creek was amazing. The trail was perfect and I was the only sole out there. I could have spent all day riding up and down Jones Creek but that was not an option.

Once I hit Pinkerton-Flagstaff life turned gray. The trail was steeper and the cattle had made it pretty much impossible to ride. It is ~4-5 miles to Dutch Creek and I ended up walking most of it. Needless to say I was pretty pissed off which ended up being a good thing when I walked up to a black bear. We just looked at each other for a couple of minutes and the bear ended up walking off. Like I said I was pissed so I just stared him down.

Once I hit Dutch Creek and Lower Hemosa Creek it almost made up for all the walking I ended up doing. The ride took me ~4 hours.
This will take about 4 hours. Bring at least 120 ounces of water and plenty of food! The bombing descent down Dutch Creek is something that Robert Frost might have described if he were a MTBr. This ride is truely an epic, and one that will bring a smile to your face for the rest of your life!!! Get out and do this ride man!

Customer Service

If I did it again I would go up Jones Creek to Pinkerton/Flagstaff turn around and come back down Jones Creek. Then up lower Mermosa to Dutch Creek to Pinkerton/Flagstaff then back down.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jun 27, 2006]
abegold
Cross Country Rider

The first 7 miles of the Hermosa Creek section are on an ATV trail. It's well packed and the creek adds beauty. At about 10 miles it gets trickier and you'll start climbing the canyon walls. The second part of the ride has much more climbing and I'd highly advise energy foods to complete the ride.

Customer Service

East to follow, no map necissary.

Similar Products Used:

Sand Canyon, Phil's World

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jul 25, 2005]
jaslaksen
Weekend Warrior

If you have the time, start the ride at Lower Hermosa ride up to Purgatory, turn around and ride back to your car and beers. Double the singletrack and no shuttle. My 2 cents.

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RATING
4
VALUE
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2
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