Goulding Creek Trail #517 is a 2.95 mile one way hike with 2,124 feet accumulated elevation gain. Located 17 miles north of Durango Colorado. August and June are the best months to enjoy this hike.
This trail provides access to the Pinkerton-Flagstaff Trail and also to the eastern half of Hermosa Creek. The trail traverses up several steep switchbacks for the first mile and a half and then levels out. It then travels through some open meadows that are full of native plants and flowers and continues slightly uphill through aspen groves to a cabin near the head of the Pinkerton-Flagstaff Trail. Water is available in several streams, but should be filtered, due to problems with Giardia in the area.
Check out the Official Route.
This is a more difficult hike. It would be unwise to attempt this without prior experience hiking.
This hike is listed as One-Way.
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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.