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      Animas City Mountain is located at the north end of Durango and covers the entire mountain area all the way to the north edge. The upper mountain is closed from Dec 1 through April 15th yearly for Elk Calving.

      Trails on Animas Mountain are very rocky and loose. These trails are technical and tiring, and are more used by hikers than mountain bikers. Bikers will find these trails challenging. The rocky climbs, technical switchbacks, rock gardens, and loose "baby head" scrabble will make a better rider out of almost anyone.

      There are two main parking areas, on 32nd street with parking for upwards of 20 cars, and on 25th Street with room for 10-15 cars.

      From 32nd street typically climbing Animas Mountain climb to the Animas connector. From 25th either climb Birket or Jacobs cliff (road) to Junction to the start of "Upper Animas Mountain".

      There are three ways to climb the upper part of Animas mountain, none of which are easy. The west (The Swerve to Loam Zone to Dome), middle (Animas Mountain) and east side (Animas Mountain east). The west is the least steep option but mixed with steep punches and some rock, the middle the steepest and most direct typically littered with baby head rocks, and the east the most technical with rocks and multiple view points of the Animas Valley. Each offers their own unique challenge as a climb.

      From the viewpoint on the north end most people choose to descend the Dome to the Loam trail to Aquila. From there you can either choose the fast and chunky Loam Zone or for flow choose the newly constructed Swerve just east. After you complete either of these for the easiest option you can take the Swerve trail east and go down into the Sailing Hawks (aka Dalla Mountain Park) area for a more technical XC style loop (typically ridden CCW). Or you can take the steep and technical "The Merv" trail into Sailing Hawks that justifies its 2x black diamond rating.

      As with most trail systems in and around Durango, bring water in the Summer and Fall months. The trails can get hot and it is easy to end up far from the end of the ride without hydration. Also during monsoons it is not a place to be when heavy rains come down as flash flooding easily occurs on Animas Mountain.
      Primary Trail Type: All-Mountain & Downhill
      Animas Mtn (4th Ave) google parking directions
      Access Info:
      3269 W 4th Ave, Durango, CO 81301
      Disclaimer:
      The upper mountain is closed from Dec 1 through April 15th yearly for Elk Calving. Gates mark where this is closed.
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      Region Details
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      Region Status
      Caution as of Oct 31, 2022
      Local Trail Association

      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      Trails (view details)
      15
      Trails Mountain Bike
      20
      Trails Hike
      17
      Trails Trail Running
      17
      Total Distance
      15 miles
      Total Descent
      4,186 ft
      Total Vertical
      1,474 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      8,180 ft
      Reports
      138
      Photos
      18
      Ridden Counter
      3,002

      Photos of Animas City Mountain Mountain Bike

      trail: Lupine
      16 |
      Nov 17, 2022 @ 1:08pm
      Nov 17, 2022
      35 |
      Jul 10, 2022 @ 9:47am
      Jul 10, 2022
      21 |
      Jul 10, 2022 @ 9:46am
      Jul 10, 2022
      215 |
      May 19, 2019 @ 8:41am
      May 19, 2019
      205 |
      May 19, 2019 @ 8:40am
      May 19, 2019
      trail: Lupine
      118 |
      May 19, 2019 @ 8:39am
      May 19, 2019
      321 |
      Sep 4, 2017 @ 11:49am
      Sep 4, 2017
      306 |
      Sep 4, 2017 @ 11:49am
      Sep 4, 2017

      Videos of Animas City Mountain Mountain Bike

      This Mountain Hates Me!
      12:07 | 18 | Nov 14, 2022 , Durango
      youtuber Animas Mountain, Vulture, Bouldering, and More...
      20:12 | 53 | Nov 2, 2022 , Durango
      YouTube
      22:01 | 995 | Jan 15, 2018 , Durango

      Recent Trail Reports

      Activity Feed

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      user #954877jasbusheyaddreportAnimas Mountain and 9 more
      Dec 1, 2022 @ 11:21am
      Dec 1, 2022
      user #1787555CpagedroriddentrailSwerve
      Nov 27, 2022 @ 1:50pm
      Nov 27, 2022
      user #359947slayerdegnardifficultyvotetrailSwerve
      Nov 23, 2022 @ 4:00pm
      Nov 23, 2022
      user #359947slayerdegnarvotetrailSwerve
      Nov 23, 2022 @ 3:59pm
      Nov 23, 2022
      user #1238710Royle-MTBaddphoto in My City
      Nov 17, 2022 @ 1:08pm
      Nov 17, 2022

      Recent Comments

      usernametypetitlecommentdate
      user #954877jasbusheytrailMerveThis is not downhill only. I climb this trail...
      Nov 3, 2022 @ 8:55am
      Nov 3, 2022
      user #1630544spokesmanmtbtrailAnimas MountainI laughed at this, thanks for posting
      Oct 30, 2022 @ 7:19am
      Oct 30, 2022
      user #1630544spokesmanmtbtrailLower MervI agree with MexicoMagico. It's rideable, but...
      Oct 30, 2022 @ 7:16am
      Oct 30, 2022
      user #1630544spokesmanmtbtrailMerveGood dirt, but rocky and loose. It's an...
      Oct 30, 2022 @ 7:15am
      Oct 30, 2022
      user #1906298ehbatestrailSick BirdHeard it’s closed as of Sep 2022
      Sep 15, 2022 @ 10:57am
      Sep 15, 2022

      Nearby Areas

      namedistance
      Dalla Mountain Park 3 4 10.6 km
      Overend Mountain Park 6 15 7 12 km
      Fort Lewis College 4 3 22.6 km
      Hidden Valley 4 22.7 km
      Perins Peak State Wildlife Area3.2 km

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      Activity Type Stats

      activitytypetrailsdistancedescentdescent distancetotal verticalratingglobal rankstate rankphotosreportsroutesridelogs
      Mountain Bike2015 miles4,186 ft8 miles1,473 ft
      #1,982#1,0501813832,170
      Hike179 miles2,717 ft5 miles1,388 ft
      #1,914#1,143131146
      Trail Running179 miles2,717 ft5 miles1,388 ft
      #1,918#1,144131119
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