Twin Buttes, singular experience

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Twin Buttes, singular experience

Popular Durango recreation area offers immense open space
Driving into Durango from points west, the Twin Buttes are landmarks that signal arrival home. The buttes and surrounding trails are located in city open space.
All hikes start at the Twin Buttes Trailhead, 1.6 miles west of the U.S. Highway 160/550 intersection. The black-line route is the quickest approach to the summit of Twin Buttes East. To climb Twin Buttes West, use the blue-line route. The Cliffrock Loop is depicted in red and the west-side trails are purple
Forester Tesche stands on the precipitous cliff that encircles Twin Buttes East.
Twin Buttes East is mighty with cliffs armoring its southern escarpment. Naturalist John Bregar has a deep knowledge of the birds and flowers living at Twin Buttes.
The Upper Twin Buttes Trail passes through this clearing and takes direct aim at the La Plata Mountains. Leave the trail here to climb Twin Buttes East.
Jana Goldstein romps beside the Cliffrock Loop with her dog, Hannah. The beautiful, easy trail swings through the tableland south of Perins Peak.
Forester Tesche stands on Twin Buttes West overlooking its slightly taller, cliff-ringed twin.

Twin Buttes, singular experience

Driving into Durango from points west, the Twin Buttes are landmarks that signal arrival home. The buttes and surrounding trails are located in city open space.
All hikes start at the Twin Buttes Trailhead, 1.6 miles west of the U.S. Highway 160/550 intersection. The black-line route is the quickest approach to the summit of Twin Buttes East. To climb Twin Buttes West, use the blue-line route. The Cliffrock Loop is depicted in red and the west-side trails are purple
Forester Tesche stands on the precipitous cliff that encircles Twin Buttes East.
Twin Buttes East is mighty with cliffs armoring its southern escarpment. Naturalist John Bregar has a deep knowledge of the birds and flowers living at Twin Buttes.
The Upper Twin Buttes Trail passes through this clearing and takes direct aim at the La Plata Mountains. Leave the trail here to climb Twin Buttes East.
Jana Goldstein romps beside the Cliffrock Loop with her dog, Hannah. The beautiful, easy trail swings through the tableland south of Perins Peak.
Forester Tesche stands on Twin Buttes West overlooking its slightly taller, cliff-ringed twin.
Travel Basics

Travel: Trailhead parking is 1.6 miles west of the U.S. Highway 160/550 intersection. Park in a dirt lot on the north side of Highway 160 just past the Giant gas station.
Time: 2½ to 4 hours
Difficulty for the buttes: Trail, off-trail; navigation moderate; steep, loose, and brushy
Distance and Elevation Gain Twin Buttes East: 6.6 miles; 1,300 feet of climbing
Twin Buttes West: add a 0.5 mile and 240 feet of vertical
Cliffrock Loop (2.7 miles): 7.3 miles with 800 feet of elevation gain

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