Molas Pass -> Engineer Mountain Trail

Durango

World-class alpine scenery capped with a 4,000-foot descent!

Mountain Biking Severe

Distance
32 km
Ascent
875 m
Descent
1.4 km
Duration
2-3 hrs
Low Point
2.8 km
High Point
3.7 km
Gradient
Molas Pass -> Engineer Mountain Trail Map

Combine one of the most scenic stretches of the renowned Colorado Trail with an epic downhill rip on this world-class shuttle run from Molas Pass down the Engineer Mountain Trail.

Description

The Molas Pass portion of the Colorado Trail is regarded as one of the most pristine sections of the entire 535-mile trail. Both the remote location with jaw-dropping high alpine views and the narrow, sinuous singletrack provide the trail experience that mountain bikers crave.

This segment is known for its high alpine tundra and fields filled with wildflowers in the early summer. In the fall, whispering aspen groves turn a brilliant gold, providing some of the best leaf peeping in the state. On this ride, you'll pedal for miles through the very best portion of the Molas Pass segment before taking a left on the Engineer Mountain Trail.

Engineer Mountain is one of the Durango locals' favorite descents—and with as many trails as they have to choose from, that's saying something! You'll drop over 4,000 vertical feet down fast, wide-open singletrack. As you descend into the trees, the track gets a bit twistier and more rugged, with root webs and rock gardens amplifying the difficulty of the high-speed descent. Most sources give Engineer Mountain a strong black diamond rating.

If you don't have enough vehicles or time to set up a self-shuttle, reach out to Hermosa Tours for a commercial shuttle option on this route.

Difficulty

Severe

Widely variable, narrow trail tread with steeper grades and unavoidable obstacles of 15in/38cm tall or less. Obstacles may include unavoidable bridges 24in/61cm wide or less, large rocks, gravel, difficult root sections, and more. Ideal for advanced-level riders.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

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

Remoteness

4 out of 4

In the high mountains or remote conditions, all individuals must be completely autonomous in every situation.

Best time to visit

July, August, September

Features

  • Technical
  • Singletrack
  • Roots
  • Rock Gardens

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