Honing the wild edge: Pautsky Point and Crader Ridge

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Honing the wild edge: Pautsky Point and Crader Ridge

Crader Ridge, Pautsky Point: two Horse Gulch splendors
A hiker walks down The Blade on Crader Ridge. The snow-covered San Juan Mountains are in the north.
Three hikers cross a seamless sandstone slab on Crader Ridge.
Forester Tesche looks out over Durango from the clifftop promontory on Pautsky Point.
The route north on Crader Ridge is clear. Travel the intersect between stone and sky, staying as close to the raw edge as you dare.
Two bikers at The Corral in Horse Gulch look over the Meadow Loop. Crader Ridge is on the left and Pautsky Point, the right.
To climb Pautsky Point, walk east up Horse Gulch Road to The Corral. Continue east on the Meadow Loop to access the Telegraph Trail, the blue-line route. From the top of Telegraph Hill, go south to the prominence. Crader Ridge is accessed from the Anasazi Descent, the black-line route. Walk north on the rib of stone for two miles to Point 8,175’. Return as you came.
Van Winegarden

Honing the wild edge: Pautsky Point and Crader Ridge

A hiker walks down The Blade on Crader Ridge. The snow-covered San Juan Mountains are in the north.
Three hikers cross a seamless sandstone slab on Crader Ridge.
Forester Tesche looks out over Durango from the clifftop promontory on Pautsky Point.
The route north on Crader Ridge is clear. Travel the intersect between stone and sky, staying as close to the raw edge as you dare.
Two bikers at The Corral in Horse Gulch look over the Meadow Loop. Crader Ridge is on the left and Pautsky Point, the right.
To climb Pautsky Point, walk east up Horse Gulch Road to The Corral. Continue east on the Meadow Loop to access the Telegraph Trail, the blue-line route. From the top of Telegraph Hill, go south to the prominence. Crader Ridge is accessed from the Anasazi Descent, the black-line route. Walk north on the rib of stone for two miles to Point 8,175’. Return as you came.
Van Winegarden
Travel Basics

Travel: The Horse Gulch Trailhead is located on East 3rd Street, one block east of East 8th Avenue. Park in the paved lot on the right.
Distance Roundtrip and Elevation Gain: Pautsky Point, 5.8 miles, 1,100 feet of climbing. Crader Ridge to Point 8,175’, 8.2 miles, 2,320 feet of climbing.
Time: Pautsky 2 to 3½ hours, Crader 4-6 hours.
Difficulty for Pautsky: Trail, navigation easy, shear cliff edge
Difficulty for Crader: Trail, off-trail; navigation moderate; while the exposed edge is avoidable, this hike is not recommended for people with a fear of heights or for those who prefer trails; brushy, wear long pants; bring all the water you will need; foot travel only, please.
Map: Durango East, Colorado 7.5 USGS Quad

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