2 m away
A scenic hike at any time of the year!
- 13 km
- 447 m
- 447 m
An alternative approach to the Needleton trailhead.
This route follows the Purgatory Creek and Animas River trails to reach Needleton from Highway 550. Needless to say, tacking on an additional 18 miles of hiking cranks up the difficulty of this expedition dramatically!
Purgatory Creek itself is a beautiful trail that "winds down a steep slope through large aspen groves along its eponymous stream, making it a cool and shady spot to hike in the heat of summer, as well as an ideal area to search for colorful aspen leaves come fall," according to Terri Cook on 5280.com. The trail drops 1,500 vertical feet from Highway 550 down to the banks of the Animas River in four miles.
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.