2.5 km away
Gain stunning views from the dramatic Hogsback Ridge.
Difficult Trail Running
- 3.9 km
- 266 m
- 266 m
One of the most popular trail runs in Durango.
Trail Running Moderate
The route begins right in town Durango, gaining elevation quickly up the flanks of Animas. The climb is steep and consistent, gaining elevation via a narrow, rocky, switchbacked trail.
After a few miles of climbing, the trail traverses over to the rim of the mountain, and you start enjoying incredible views as you climb! Be sure to look behind you and take in the views over downtown Durango.
When you reach the top of the mountain, you'll realize that the opposite side of Animas ends in a sheer cliff. The exposed rock faces provide the perfect spot to take in the incredible views of the San Juans! Stop and enjoy a snack—there are few places with scenery this incredible.
Once you've had your fill of the views, continue following this loop to descend Animas Mountain via a different trail than you climbed. This unique loop-style route to the top of a mountain makes for original scenery both up and down, providing a delightful change of pace from the standard out-and-back route.