Indian Trail Ridge a sky-high alpine connector

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Indian Trail Ridge a sky-high alpine connector

Indian Trail Ridge offers irresistible landscapes
The ridge affords a fresh perspective on the west massif of the La Plata Mountains. The arc swings from Diorite Peak to Sharkstooth Peak. Banded Hesperus Mountain, elevation 13,232 feet, is the tallest eminence in the range.
Hikers climb the rocky ridge trail to scrape the sky on Point 12,181.
In the Boulder Ridge Playground, enormous boulders play teeter totter with Carolyn Wilber.
Hikers clamber amongst blocks of stone at the southern terminus of Indian Trail Ridge.
A look at the Indian Trail Ridge route.
Trail basics

Travel: From the U.S. Highway 550/160 intersection in Durango, travel 11.0 miles west on Highway 160 to Hesperus. Turn right/north on La Plata Canyon Road (County Road 124). Zero-out your trip meter. After passing the hamlet of Mayday, the road turns to smooth dirt at 4.6 miles. There are several established campgrounds in this area. In 8.5 miles, the roadbed deteriorates with sharp, sizable rocks. At 12.1 miles, the road splits; take the left track, Forest Service Road 571. High-clearance, four-wheel drive is recommended from here. It is 14.2 miles to the Kennebec Pass trailhead from Highway 160. Allow 60 to 90 minutes from Durango.
Distance and Elevation Gain: Roundtrip on the trail segment is 11.5 miles with 2,420 feet of climbing. The Boulder Ridge loop adds one mile and 200 feet of vertical.
Time: 5 to 7 hours.
Difficulty: Groomed Colorado Trail; navigation easy; no exposure; optional off-trail loop has two boulder fields.
Maps: La Plata, Colorado 7.5 Quad or Trails Illustrated No. 144, Durango-Cortez.
Durango Herald

Indian Trail Ridge a sky-high alpine connector

The ridge affords a fresh perspective on the west massif of the La Plata Mountains. The arc swings from Diorite Peak to Sharkstooth Peak. Banded Hesperus Mountain, elevation 13,232 feet, is the tallest eminence in the range.
Hikers climb the rocky ridge trail to scrape the sky on Point 12,181.
In the Boulder Ridge Playground, enormous boulders play teeter totter with Carolyn Wilber.
Hikers clamber amongst blocks of stone at the southern terminus of Indian Trail Ridge.
A look at the Indian Trail Ridge route.
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