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San Juan County
Jones Creek to Mitchell Lakes - Durango
From Durango, drive 10 miles north on Highway 550, just past Hermosa, and turn left on CR 203. Go about 30 yards and turn right onto CR 201. Drive about 1.3 miles and there is a nice turnoff on the left to park your car and start the ride.
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Jones Creek to Mitchell Lakes - Ride about 2.7 miles north on CR 201. You will see a trailhead for Jones Creek on the right. Begin a long singletrack ascent (about 1300 feet elevation change) until at mile 7 you come to a clearing where the Jones Creek trail ends. Take the Pinkerton-Flagstaff trail that goes to the right and into the trees. There is a short, steep climb and at mile 7.5 you will have good views of the Animas River Valley. For the next 2.1 miles, you will be riding along a ridge with several ups and downs until at mile 9.6 the trail takes a hairpin turn and goes east down a steep wide singletrack. Be careful here because the trail is rocky and loose. At mile 10.8 the trail turns into a 4-WD road. Continue downhill with caution because the trail is still rocky and loose in some sections as well as there may be 4-WD vehicles using the road. There are several trails that branch off of this 4-WD road, but stay on it until at mile 13.2, you will encounter the Durango & Silverton Narrow Guage railroad. Cross with caution. At mile 13.5, you will go through a tunnel that goes underneath Highway 550. Turn right at the paved road and take another right at the stop sign next to a KOA campground. Turn left onto Highway 550 at mile 13.9. Go about 3.4 miles and turn right onto CR 203. Be careful on Highway 550 because there is a lot of traffic; there's a good shoulder though. Turn right onto CR201 back to your car (about 1.3 miles uphill). Ride rating: Advanced Ride distance: 18.7 miles Elevation change: 6650 to 9530 Singletrack=45% Dirt Road=15% Paved Path=40% Mooniak a 32 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a GT XCR 2000 from Lakewood, CO E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Posted on 10/31/00