Animas City Mountain’s full circle hike

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Animas City Mountain’s full circle hike

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Scammer all over the flat, broad surface of a toppled block on the Animas City Mountain perimeter trails.
From the West 4th Ave. Trailhead, begin hiking counter-clockwise on the standard loop indicated with the blue line. Branch off onto the Eastside and Westside Perimeter Trails shown in black.
Travel basics

Travel: From Main Avenue, turn west onto 32nd Street. Drive three blocks and turn right on West 4th Avenue. The dirt lot is two blocks ahead. It fills on weekends, so arrive early.
Distance and Elevation Gain: 6.4 miles with 1,600 feet of climbing. (The standard loop is 6.0 miles with 1,560 feet of vertical.)
Time: 2 to 3½ hours
Difficulty: Trail; navigation easy; no exposure
Maps: The perimeter trails are not signed or mapped. The standard loop appears on the Trails 2000 interactive map: www.trails2000.org

Animas City Mountain’s full circle hike

Scammer all over the flat, broad surface of a toppled block on the Animas City Mountain perimeter trails.
From the West 4th Ave. Trailhead, begin hiking counter-clockwise on the standard loop indicated with the blue line. Branch off onto the Eastside and Westside Perimeter Trails shown in black.

Animas City Mountain’s full circle hike

A lineup of standing rocks have cleaved from their wall of origin at “The Ledge” on the Westside Perimeter Trail.

Animas City Mountain’s full circle hike

At the San Juan Mountains Overlook geologist John Bregar explains that the sedimentary strata of Missionary Ridge mirrors that of Animas City Mountain.

Animas City Mountain’s full circle hike

Forester Tesche climbs the front face of everyone’s favorite boulder. Ellie McGuckin is about to climb the north ramp suitable for all scramblers.

Animas City Mountain’s full circle hike

Two hikers approach the La Plata Mountains Observation Point.
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