Skyline Trail

Durango

Quick hike to a great view of Durango.

Hiking Difficult

Distance
7.3 km
Ascent
290 m
Descent
290 m
Duration
2-3 hrs
Low Point
2.1 km
High Point
2.4 km
Gradient
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Skyline Trail Map

Description

The Skyline Trail quickly ascends the northern side of Raider's Ridge via a switchbacked singletrack. The hike gains a fast 950 feet, but the reward for your effort is a stunning 360-degree view above Durango!

The climb to the top of the ridge follows a relatively non-technical switchbacked trail. "The first 1.7 miles is almost predominantly comprised of switchbacks, affording some amazing views of the mesa and reservoir below," according to RootsRated.com. "This first section of trail is fairly even underfoot and offers quite a bit of shade before you hit the top of the ridge."

From the very top of the Skyline Trail, you'll enjoy stunning views of the region, but you could continue along Raider's Ridge for a short ways as mapped here to continue enjoying the views for a little while longer. This upper section is more technical, so if you want an easier hike with more secure footing, simply turn around at the top of the ridge. Turning around at the top of the ridge and heading back down would reduce the difficulty rating from "difficult" to "moderate."

Difficulty

Difficult

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.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November

Features

  • Picturesque

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