After a couple weeks in Telluride, we moved on to Durango. We were here back in June but a lot of the high country trails were under snow so we decided to come back.
Animas Mtn and Ned Overend Trails
We rode a loop on Animas Mountain last time and had fun so we did a different loop this time plus some of the trails over at the Overend bike park. We thought it would be a short easy day, we were wrong. Once you get started it’s hard to stop!
Tune-up and Trails
We dropped our truck off at the Toyota dealer for it’s maintenance and wouldn’t you know, there are trails heading out into Telegraph Canyon right next to the dealer! Off we went.
We rode 22 miles with 2,700′ climbing out Big Canyon, South Rim, Cowboy, Sidewinder, Yellow Brick Road, Telegraph, Anasazi, Bob’s, Cuchillo, back up the other side of Telegraph and back to the dealer. Fun!!
Afterwards, we headed back to camp to meet our Bend friend, Mark, who we’d met up with in Telluride and was coming to Durango for a ride. It’s fun to have visitors while on the road.
I rode this 10 years ago with Hermosa Tours and loved it, so Mark, Derek and I did a variation. We started with a 6 mile climb up the rugged 4X4 La Plata Canyon road. At the top of Kennebec Pass we caught the Colorado Trail for an incredible descent. The top part is a bit harrowing with loose, steep talas/scree fields but then opens up and is a really great rowdy DH through lush forest.
The climb out to the next descent is tough with a few hike a bike sections. Once at the highpoint, we ripped downhill to the Dry Fork trailhead where we finished. Wow. 24 miles, 3,900′, climbing, 5,640′ descending. AWESOME!
We hurried to town to meet our friend Matt from Hermosa Tours for beers at Steamworks and to catch up. What a great day start to finish.