Hi ya'all, I've got a family trip coming up to Durango the second week of Sept. What is "must ride"? We're staying near Purgatory but I'm open to suggestions for anything from Bayfield to Silverton.
Thanks for the suggestions! Since it's a family trip (wife, 5 kids (3 with spouses), 3 grandkids), I'm thinking along the lines of short 1-2 hour loops and/or out and backs. I do not think anything too epic (long) this trip, will be allowedWhat kind of rides are you interested in? Do you want "big" backcountry rides where you'll work hard at higher elevations but have a big payoff or do you want more "standard" type loop rides? Will you have somebody to drop you at Point A and pick you up at Point B?
If I was staying at Purgatory and had somebody to shuttle me, I'd ride Hermosa Creek for sure. Down in town, you have Twin Buttes as somebody mentioned, I ride the Dry Fork/Hoffheins area from Junction Creek on the Colorodo Trail. If you want some mellower stuff with great views and empty trails, look into Boggy Draw/Italian Canyon above Dolores. I always ride at least one day over at Phil's World in Cortez. If you want something challenging in town, check out Raiders Ridge at the Horse Gulch area. Don't bother with Bayfield. My relatives live there and I spend 2 weeks per year there in Saul's Creek...nothing worth your time out that way.
If you want BIG rides, check out everything you can link off of Molas Pass. You can go out Coal Creek to Engineer Mountain and drop down Cascade Creek. Shuttling Kennebec to the Colorado Trail and dropping into town is also a great ride.
Aside from the initial climb out of the parking lot, Twin Buttes is great and finishes with a flow section. A further drive than most trails but Boggy Draw would also be a great option. Otherwise, keep it simple and go to Horse Gulch in town.Thanks for the suggestions! Since it's a family trip (wife, 5 kids (3 with spouses), 3 grandkids), I'm thinking along the lines of short 1-2 hour loops and/or out and backs. I do not think anything too epic (long) this trip, will be allowed