Break out the hiking shoes at Barnroof Point

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Break out the hiking shoes at Barnroof Point

Half-day summit trip free of snow and mud
Charlie Berglund, Janna Ranson and Debra Van Winegarden perch on the small viewing platform of Barnroof Point for an uncommon perspective on the La Plata Mountains.
Hikers begin the gradual ascent. Behind them are the bucolic Lightner Creek lowlands and Twin Buttes.
Cross the Dry Fork of Lightner Creek and walk northwest while steadily gaining altitude all the way to Barnroof Point. Return as you came or descend off-trail on the south ridge.

Break out the hiking shoes at Barnroof Point

Charlie Berglund, Janna Ranson and Debra Van Winegarden perch on the small viewing platform of Barnroof Point for an uncommon perspective on the La Plata Mountains.
Hikers begin the gradual ascent. Behind them are the bucolic Lightner Creek lowlands and Twin Buttes.
Cross the Dry Fork of Lightner Creek and walk northwest while steadily gaining altitude all the way to Barnroof Point. Return as you came or descend off-trail on the south ridge.
Travel basics

Travel: From the U.S. Highway 160/550 intersection in Durango, travel west on U.S. 160 for 3.3 miles. Turn right on County Road 207, Lightner Creek Road. Park in a large dirt lot at the Y-intersection with County Road 208 at 4.3 miles.

Distance and Elevation Gain: 5 miles; 1,800 feet of climbing

Total Time: 3 to 4½ hours

Difficulty: Trail, off-trail; navigation moderate; the abrupt cliff edge can be avoided; oak brush is thick in places, so wear long pants.

Map: Durango West, Colorado 7.5’ USGS Quad or Apogee Mapping

Winter Closure: The hike is within the Perins Peak State Wildlife Area managed by Colorado Parks and Wildlife. This trail and lands west of County Road 208 are closed to public entry December 1 through April 15.

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