Endlich Mesa Trailhead


Range: San Juan Mountains
Coordinates: 37.4769, -107.6313

Road Difficulty

Moderate 4WD, long wheel base vehicles not recommended. Good clearance required. 4   (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)
The road is rocky but seldom rutted. High clearance and good tires are necessary; 4WD and a short wheelbase are not.

Driving Directions

From Durango or Bayfield, follow the signs to Lemon Reservoir. Continue past the reservoir, staying on the main road through some private property. The road re-enters National Forest, where mile markers start, then deteriorates dramatically as it turns east and uphill in a series of switchbacks. The trailhead is around 10 miles from the Forest boundary. With cautious driving, low-clearance vehicles can make it to mile 2, where there is parking for a couple of cars, but it may be wiser to park at the bottom. There is an unofficial trail that shortcuts many of the road's switchbacks.

Winter Access

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Posted By: supranihilest
Info: Two words: Vehicular. Abuse. The road isn’t particularly difficult as far as dodging huge rocks or obstacles, but it is a whopping 10 miles long, extremely rocky, covered in slabs, full of muddy potholes, and the "smooth" sections too few and too short to be worth mentioning. It took me about two hours up and two hours down in my 170" wheelbase Sprinter 4x4, so vehicle size is pretty much irrelevant, just have good tires, good clearance, and good driving skills. A Subaru Outback did make it up (I would not recommend this at all) as did a pickup with horse trailer (ditto), so careful driving will probably get just about any vehicle up.

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