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Dallas Trail

Intermediate/Difficult

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16.7 mile 26.9 kilometer point to point
82% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 2,972' 906 m
Descent: -4,664' -1,422 m
High: 10,923' 3,329 m
Low: 7,562' 2,305 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 69% (34°)

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Trail shared by Janice Shepherd

A long trail spanning from the lower slopes of Wolcott Mountain to near Hwy 550.

Janice Shepherd

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Wildflowers

Description

This trail is primarily in spruce and fir forest and skirts the nearby Mount Sneffels Wilderness area. It contours from Alder Creek Trail towards County Road 17 and Hwy 550. It eventually ends just outside the town of Ouray. This trail doesnt get a lot of use during the summer season. It does get heavier use by hunters in the fall.

The trail can be accessed from a number of spots. Two fun outings both start at the popular Blue Lakes Trail trailhead.

1) Going east (left) from the trailhead you can combine a section of this trail with Blaine Basin Trail - Upper Segment to reach a great open encircled with rugged mountains and carpeted with wildflowers. This segment of Dallas Trail crosses Wilson Creek several times. The first crossing is over East Fork Dallas Creek is a solid bridge. After that, the crossings are over multi-log bridges. If you are looking at a single log or jumping from rock to rock then look around and see if there isn't a multi-log bridge just out of sight. You'll need a good sense of balance, but hiking poles can help too. The reward of Blaine Basin is worth the effort.

2) Going west (right) from the trailhead, Dallas trail alternates between forest and open meadows. In the open meadows, you get grand views of the surrounding mountains. At about 1.5 miles in you reach a big meadow which the trail skirts along the edge. Be sure to look back to see Mt Sneffels and its mighty neighbors. The trail rises gradually for the first mile or so and then drops quickly down to a sloped meadow. The trail re-enters the woods and switches to a series of small rises and falls. At times, the trail suddenly pops out of the woods and offers up a grand view of mountains. When you are in amongst the aspen watch for bear claw marks on some of the tree bark - they show up as 4 parallel short lines.

Flora & Fauna

The area is particularly pretty in early October when the aspen have turned yellow and there is fresh snow on the rugged San Juans.

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Sep 14, 2018
Jeff Quade

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A beautiful fall hike is worth the effort.
Jun 10, 2015 near Telluride, CO
When hiking through a grove of aspen, it is fun to find old bear claw marks.
Jun 10, 2015 near Mountai…, CO
East Fork of Dallas Creek.
May 29, 2015 near Telluride, CO
Wilson Creek tumbling down from Blaine Basin. The trail crosses this creek several times. Look for sturdy multiple log bridges
May 29, 2015 near Ouray, CO
Sometimes the great views are behind you.
Jun 10, 2015 near Telluride, CO
At the water crossings you need good balance and the ability to convince your dog to turn around.
May 29, 2015 near Ouray, CO

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