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Pautskey Point


Hike to a spectacular 360-degree view from Pautskey Point.

Hiking Difficult

9.4 km
353 m
354 m
2-3 hrs
Low Point
2 km
High Point
2.3 km
Pautskey Point Map

Pautskey Point is an easily identifiable ridge forming part of the skyline above the southern end of Durango. While it's tough to discern from downtown Durango due to Raider's Ridge sitting in between, this 7,698-foot upthrust spine of jagged rock offers panoramic 360-degree views of the region.


To get there, begin hiking from the Horse Gulch trailhead, and then take a right onto the Telegraph Trail. Telegraph can be a bit of a grind at times, but as you get higher and higher up the trail, beautiful views slowly begin to open up, giving an indication of what you'll find at the top. While you'll gain elevation consistently, this section has nothing technical.

The final grunt to the summit is fairly steep and is almost guaranteed to get you breathing hard. Most of this pitch consists of a rock slab chute that runs straight up the ridge. This unique rock formation is quite entertaining to hike up, but it's not so steep to require you to use your hands. You should be able to walk up it just fine.

The final few feet of the climb follow a rocky ridge reminiscent of Raider's Ridge far below but with much more spectacular views! Hike as far as you'd like along this ridge, then stop to take in the stupendous views. You'll be able to glimpse downtown Durango peeking out from behind Raider's, but Perins Peak and the La Platas form an absolutely gorgeous skyline in the distance! Directly across the river, Smelter Mountain looms in front of you, with Nighthorse Reservoir visible beyond.

Once done enjoying the views, retrace your steps back to the trailhead. Or if you're looking for additional miles, consider following the Grandview Loop or the Skull Rock and Big Canyon trails.



Hiking trails where obstacles such as rocks or roots are prevalent. Some obstacles can require care to step over or around. At times, the trail can be worn and eroded. The grade of the trail is generally quite steep, and can often lead to strenuous hiking.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.


2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

between April and November


  • Picturesque
  • Summit Hike
  • Dog friendly

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