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Grandview Ridge Loop


A beautiful loop up and around Grandview Ridge.

Hiking Moderate

14 km
374 m
374 m
3-4 hrs
Low Point
2 km
High Point
2.3 km
Grandview Ridge Loop Map

In contrast to many of the technical, challenging trails found in Durango, the Grandview Ridge trails were "designed as swoopy, intermediate style multi-use and multi-direction trails," according to DurangoTrails.org. The loop mapped here is one of the most logical ways to make the most of this trail network.


Beginning from the Horse Gulch Trailhead, you'll climb up the gulch before turning off on the Meadow Loop Trail. The climbing will really begin in earnest, ascending mostly-smooth singletrack as you head toward the top of Grandview Ridge. While you can choose to climb to the very top of the ridge, this loop wraps around the backside on a delightful benchcut singletrack, crossing the ridge via a low pass.

After putting in the work, it's time to descend! This route follows the Crite's Connect Trail to the Carbon Junction Trail, forming a logical, consistent descent back down the mountain. Enjoy the easy downhill hiking on this section.

Wrap up the loop with a scenic stretch of hiking along the river to get back to the trailhead.



Hiking along trails with some uneven terrain and small hills. Small rocks and roots may be present.

Low Exposure

1 out of 4

The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.


2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

between May and November


  • Historical
  • Picturesque
  • Dog friendly
  • Family friendly

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