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    Windy Pass Trail

    Difficulty
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    Moderate
    Duration
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    3.5-4.5h
    Distance
    This reflects the return distance of this route as measured by the GPS file.
    9.7 km
    Elevation
    This reflects the total elevation gained throughout this route as measured by the GPS file. This includes all ascents and descents, and is higher than what is quoted in most route guides, which simply measure the distance between the starting-point and high-point of the route.
    589 m
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    Directions to Trailhead

    The Windy Pass Trail is a great excursion near Pagosa Springs, Colorado that will take you uphill through the forest to reach a scenic viewpoint. While out on the trail, you will gain a fair amount of elevation as you climb through the woodland terrain, before eventually experiencing some beautiful views over the San Juan Mountains from Windy pass. Hikers should take note that there are often downed trees along the trail, so you might need to do a bit of climbing/ducking in order to continue on your hike.

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    Route Description for Windy Pass Trail

    Whether you are looking to complete this hike for the solid leg burn that it will provide going up, the breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains, or a mixture of both, the Windy Pass Trail is a fantastic route near Pagosa Springs that will be sure to deliver.

    Setting out from the trailhead, you will make your way through the dense forest to the south and follow the trail as it climbs up the mountain side. After the direction of the path shifts to the southeast, you will pass through several meadows, before arriving at the highpoint of the route at Windy pass.

    Here, you will experience some stunning views that sweep across the surrounding landscape to include nearby mountains, valleys, and forests. After taking in the views, head back along the same trail for the return leg.

    Getting to the Windy Pass Trail Trailhead

    The trailhead for the Windy Pass Trail can be found along US-160, just 14mi northeast of Pagosa Springs.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground

      No

    • When to do

      April-October

    • Pets allowed

      Yes

    • Family friendly

      Older Children only

    • Route Signage

      Average

    • Crowd Levels

      Low

    • Route Type

      Out and back

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