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After another mile, you come to a bridge. Underneath the creek flows swiftly. Its movements cools you as your dog takes a quick drink from the eddy formed by a few rocks to the side of the creek. He gets in and splashes to cool off. The cooling off is important as you head up a long series of switchbacks up to Gudy's rest. Named for Gudy Gaskill, the famed "Mother of the Colorado Trail", the beautiful views to the South offer up some of Durango's best. Here, you'll be glad you brought a Clif Bar or better yet some of Durango's own Ricky's Lucky Nuts to refuel for your trip back down to the car.
If you'd like go all the way to Denver... You could do that too!
A classic shot of our dog Baxter...
One of the cool rock formations along the trail...
Don't you just want to write a poem?
Some rock cairns left by some creative hikers...
How To Get There: Take Main Street in Durango to 25th and turn west off of Main. Take 25th (it will
turn into Junction Creek Road) 3 1/3 miles to the national forest. You can park here to add 2
miles to the hike, or continue 1 mile further on the forest road to another parking area.
Starting Elevation: 6,900’
Ending Elevation: 8,000’
Length: 4 miles (6.4 km)
Recommended Season: Spring/Summer/Fall