Molas / Colorado (665)

Molas Trail is a section of the Colorado Trail, a through trail from Denver to Durango. Heading east off Molas Pass, Molas Trail descends into the Animas River valley and connects with Elk Creek Trail #503 (located within the Weminuche Wilderness). The first part of the trail gently descends through some pretty meadows next to the creek. This section of the trail offers excellent views of the Grenadiers and Needles. The trail then begins to drop sharply down the 1,500-ft. descent to the Animas River. Keep in mind that you will have to climb on your way back.

West from Molas Pass the Colorado Trail stays at high elevation, above treeline for most of the way to Bolam Pass.  This and the connecting trails in the area are popular high altitude mountain bike trails once the snow melts in July.

  • Distance (one-way): 4 miles
  • Maximum/starting elevation: 10,600 feet (Molas Trailhead)
  • Minimum/ending elevation: 8,900 feet (at Animas River)

At a Glance

Best Season: Summer and Fall
Restrictions: Non-motorized use only.
Closest Towns: Silverton, CO and Durango, CO
Water: Purification recommended
Restroom: Practice Leave No Trace
Information Center: Columbine Ranger District

General Information


From Silverton, CO: Drive approximately 5 miles south of Silverton on U.S. 550, turn east into Molas Lake Aceess road. 

From Durango, CO: Drive 46 miles north of Durango on U.S. 550 and about 1 mile north of Molas Pass, turn east into the Molas Lake access road.

USGS Map: Snowdon Peak


Parking is available at the trailhead


Mountain Biking

Day Hiking


Horse Riding

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
4.0 miles

  Elevation : 
8,900' - 10,600'