Perins Peak: Durango’s overseer

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Perins Peak: Durango’s overseer

Perins Peak a great fall climb
Lynn Coburn works the edge of Perins Perch. Silver Mountain in the La Plata range dominates the backdrop.
Perins Peak is the defining natural landmark rising west of Durango.
Thomas Holt Ward keeps a watchful eye on the troops as they begin the boulder scramble. The Hogsback is the prominence well below.
Trail basics

Travel: From Main Avenue and 25th Street in Durango, go west. The road becomes Junction Street. Pass Miller Middle School and, in two blocks, turn left on Clovis Drive. Go up the hill and enter the Rockridge subdivision. Drive 0.8 mile and turn right on Tanglewood Drive. Cross a small bridge and take an immediate left. The parking area is on the right.
Distance and Elevation Gain: 6.0 miles, 1,600 feet of climbing
Time: 2:30 to 4:00
Difficulty: Trail; navigation easy; precipitous exposure on the cliff platform
Map: Durango West, Colorado 7.5 Quad
Open August 1 - November 15: Perins Peak State Wildlife Area is closed when hunting season concludes to provide winter shelter for deer and elk. The closure is extended through spring and early summer to safeguard peregrine falcons nesting and raising their young. This brings the Colorado Parks and Wildlife property into compliance with statewide BLM peregrine falcon regulations.

Perins Peak: Durango’s overseer

Lynn Coburn works the edge of Perins Perch. Silver Mountain in the La Plata range dominates the backdrop.
Perins Peak is the defining natural landmark rising west of Durango.
Thomas Holt Ward keeps a watchful eye on the troops as they begin the boulder scramble. The Hogsback is the prominence well below.
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