Haflin Canyon - Trail, durango, Colorado

Haflin Canyon - Trail, durango, Colorado

DESCRIPTION

consult a map for Haflin Canyon, and explore!! 3,500 ft downhill in five miles. Not for the faint of heart

USER REVIEWS

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[Oct 13, 2009]
DanHickstein
Cross Country Rider

I rode Haflin Canyon on Oct 11, 2009 as part of the Stevens Creek - Missionary Ridge - Haflin loop described in the Mountain Biking the San Juan Mountains book: it was horrible due to the number of downed trees and the poor maintenance of the Steven's Creek Trail. That being said, this loop takes you through some great territory and it could be an amazing ride again in a few years when all the burned trees fall down and a crew heads up there with chainsaws and cuts the hundreds trees across the trail.

Regarding Haflin in particular: The lower half of the trail (once you're out of the burn zone and onto the red dirt) is in good condition and is a great, challenging ride. The upper section in overgrown and there are dozens of trees across the trail that require you to dismount and hike over. The trail is also very overgrown, so long pants and full-finger gloves are needed. The trail itself is actually in pretty good condition (considering the steep, loose, adventure-ride that it's supposed to be). It would be great trail again if somebody would clear the trail of the trees.

I rated this trail a 5 since it will, someday, be a 5-star descent again. In it's current condition it's still a fun 3-star adventure.

Customer Service

Since much of the lower section is ridable on the way up and because the condition of the upper section depends on the number of fallen trees, it might be prudent just to ride/hike the trail from the bottom and turn around when you get tired of hiking over trees.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jun 21, 2009]
Monster Truck
Cross Country Rider

This is the 800# gorilla of Durango Single Track Downhills. It has been virtually shut down for the past few years due to the 2002 fires, but it is making a strong comeback this year. It is 3500' of perfect technical single track; starting in sub alpine ending in red rock desert. It still has some brush at the top, totally manageable and it is getting better and better. It needs to get back on the radar of Durango Mountain Biking. Don't be discouraged by the blown down trees on the Missionary Ridge Trail at top. Once you start on Haflin, it gets good.

Customer Service

1. Climb Durango Hills road by car or bike, left at Missionary Ridge Trail, Left at Haflin Left at East Animas Rd. Return to Durango by Bike or Shuttle Car
2. Climb 1st Fork Trail (see your map, it is a little north and east of Haflin and comes up the other side of ridge) Ride along Missionary Rigde for about 1 mi. Short 2 track climb to view point. Find Missionary Ridge trail again follow for about.5 miles. Turn R at Haflin, drop the seat and enjoy. For the record, 1st Fork is in all time good condition and needs riders to stay good. The 1st mile will get you going, then it is all good.

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Missionary Ridge is Back for Biking, we need to get on it.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[May 25, 2009]
JRKitect
Cross Country Rider

This trail is making a comeback this year! Last weekend this was the downhill portion of a singlespeed race. We shuttled it last night while demoing some bomber bikes: this is some of the funnest singletrack in town! Be warned...it is a pretty gnarly trail, but not due to lack of grooming - it's just a technical ride with lots of obstacles and super-tight switchbacks; it's loads of fun. It also offers the sweetest views of the La Platas and the Animas Valley there are to be had.

Customer Service

Shuttle it, I didn't catch the route as I was happily stuffed in the back of a windowless van. But any of the bike shops can tell you. Just ask how to get to the top of Missionary Ridge for the Haflin Downhill. It'll let you off on the east side of County Road 203 less than a mile south of Trimble Lane (or you can be an animal and ride up it starting here).

Similar Products Used:

Test Tracks/Durango Mountain Park, Colorado Trail, Telegraph system, Animas Mountain, Hermosa.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jul 06, 2008]
bmeston
Racer

So we gamely attempted this trail in July 2008. The climb was nice and aerobic, and mentally preps you for a sweet downhill run. Too bad this trail is almost too brutal to enjoy. The Missionary Ridge Trail, which leads to the top is not ride-able. There are too many downed trees due to the fire. You have to climb over fallen trees about every 100 yards. Once on Halflin Creek Trail, you can tell it is not used much any more. It is almost completely overgrown and it will shred your arms and legs. The scrub oak, thistles, and aspens all took turns carving tattoos into my exposed limbs. And without visibility, the technical bits on this trail are very scary. I advise caution, unless you have a suicide wish.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 11, 2007]
Sampson
Cross Country Rider

If your needin to shred some pork then hit this trail, it's a killer. It's definately steep and technical with lots of drops but what makes it worse is the lack of attention or maintenance it's received since the fire. It is severly overgrown which makes it even more difficult. The new aspen growth is about 4 to 5 years old with foliage and branches right at your face and handlebars.

Customer Service

For a loop park by Bread go up Florida Rd, right on Sortais Rd then hit the dirt road up and up till you get to the gate then keep going at the first fork stay right and then at the second fork go left. You'll then run into the Missionary Ridge trail and follow that below radio tower and through a meadow, from hear on you'll notice lots and lots of fallen trees crossing the trail. Keep going down the ridge, you'll most likely be walking and carrying your bike over down trees but all the while keep look out for a small sign posted on a thin dead tree off to your right. Best of luck heading down the trail in one piece and then take CR250 back to your vehicle to complete the 20+ mile loop.

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You'll have much more fun at Hermosa Creek or Dutch Creek.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[May 16, 2006]
gilley
Cross Country Rider

Haflin is open again. It is a bit rough from dead branches and new growth but all in all the trail is in great shape. It is a great downhill ride. It's super beautiful with the burned trees and the green growth. The climb from town gives you plenty of time to think about religion and all that. The downhill gives you plenty to pay attention to. Great little technical sections and switchbacks to test your skills.

Customer Service

Ride from town on Florida, turn up Sortais Rd. and head up towards the ridge and FR 071. 3 miles up there is a trailhead. Park there and ride up a few more miles to the radio towers. Go downhill.

Similar Products Used:

Hermosa Trail, Jones Creek

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Mar 08, 2000]
your mamma

notice that no one else has reviewed this? There's a reason for that. This is a no bullshit, don't even think of going down that shit if you're not a damn fine rider trail. Lots of mountain goat drops and exposure.
long way down in a short, short time.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Apr 19, 2000]
Bill

It takes about 2 hours for an average rider to ride from town to the top of the Missionary Ridge. And at least another hour to get down.
The downhill starts out easy, gets VERY technical, gets easier, then has some big exposure, until finally you drop out on a dirt road.
Don't try this unless you are a very experienced rider, and you have friends along.

Customer Service

Ride Florida Road to the start of the trail in a subdivision (dirt road). You should be bringing a local map/guide book with you.
When you get to the top, near the radio towers, head West on the Hafllin Canyon trail. Follow it out to the road and turn left to get back to town.

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This is an extreme trail.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Jun 21, 2000]
Big Dave

I just wanted to add to the other reviews... This trail is friggin' insane, but fun! Steep descent and grueling climb up until you get to the forest access road. I rode this trail from town although you could shuttle it. This trail is one the reasons why Durango is so famous for it's MTB trails. That said, don't try it unless you are at one with your steed...

Customer Service

same as stated by the other reviewers

Similar Products Used:

Master's Loop, Dry Fork Loop, Telegraph Trail

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[Jul 06, 2000]
Dave O

Just like the other reviews say,this one will
test your masculinity and skill.Riders not familiar
should not go alone.I rode with Missy Giove one day
and she rode some sections cautiously but still
kicked my butt.I crashed a couple of times and ate
a good dose of humble pie.But it is fun,no doubt!

Similar Products Used:

Colorado trail,Sharkstooth,Horse Gulch,Alien Run,NM...

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
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