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Animas City MountainSouthwest, CO
Southwest, CO
Hiking avatar Feb 15 2015
John9L
Hiking5.89 Miles 1,555 AEG
Hiking5.89 Miles
1,555 ft AEG
 
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Our original plan was to snowshoe in the Durango area. We arrived to unseasonably warm weather and very little snow. We decided on the Animus City Mountain Trail and it was the perfect choice!

We started hiking a few minutes after 12pm and made steady progress up the trail. It starts off fairly steep and continues gaining elevation as you ascend. We opted for a counter clockwise loop. This worked out perfectly because we hiked along the eastern perimeter of the mountain and this offered excellent views of Durango and the surrounding area. We took a break around the 2.5 mile mark and then started heading west. We eventually hit a cairn at the high point. The views north were breathtaking! All the snowcapped peaks called to us!

At roughly the 3.25 mile mark the trail makes a hard left and heads due south through the forest all the way back to the trailhead. We flew down this section and arrived back to the jeep in mid-afternoon. This was the perfect hike to start our afternoon. The views were fantastic and the hike was very enjoyable. We went over to the Animas Brewery afterward to enjoy a cold one. I like Colorado! :D
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