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Purgatory Animas River, CO
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Purgatory Animas River, CO 
Purgatory Animas River, CO
 
Hiking avatar Jul 02 2016
John9L
Hiking12.75 Miles 2,379 AEG
Hiking12.75 Miles
2,379 ft AEG
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On our second day in Colorado we headed over to the Purgatory Trail. The parking area was very busy and we had to park on the side of the road. We then hit the trail and made good time as we descended towards Purgatory Flats. It was another overcast day and we would deal with wet weather.

Once down in Purgatory Flats we headed down canyon as the trail parallels Cascade Creek. The hiking is relatively easy and the views are wonderful. We continued down and eventually dropped to the Animas River around the four mile mark. There is a footbridge and lots of camping sites to choose from. We took a short break and ate some snacks as some kayakers pulled up across the river. I wish I saw them run some of the rapids.

After our break we headed up the trail on the east side of the river. This is a beautiful canyon and the Animas River is majestic! The going is very easy along this stretch and we hiked about two miles up canyon and then turned around and started our return. A hard rain started falling when we returned to the footbridge and we all put on our rain gear and continued. Several backpacking groups were hiking in and I was a tad bit jealous. We’ll return another time.

The rest of the hike back to the trailhead went smooth as we made the climb back to Purgatory Flats and then on to the trailhead. This was a fun hike and I hope to return via the train to Needleton and then on to Chicago Basin.
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