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Haflin Canyon

Average Rating:    (4.43 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 14

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Latitude
37.360879738032736
Longitude
-107.81759262084961
Trail Directions
NE of durango on missionary ridge
Trail Length
20 mile loop
Trail Level
Extreme
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
durango
   


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Review Date
October 13, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: DanHickstein ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I rode Haflin Canyon on Oct 11, 2009 as part of the Stevens Creek - Missionary Ridge - Haflin loop described in the Mountain Biking the San Juan Mountains book: it was horrible due to the number of downed trees and the poor maintenance of the Steven's Creek Trail. That being said, this loop takes you through some great territory and it could be an amazing ride again in a few years when all the burned trees fall down and a crew heads up there with chainsaws and cuts the hundreds trees across the trail.

Regarding Haflin in particular: The lower half of the trail (once you're out of the burn zone and onto the red dirt) is in good condition and is a great, challenging ride. The upper section in overgrown and there are dozens of trees across the trail that require you to dismount and hike over. The trail is also very overgrown, so long pants and full-finger gloves are needed. The trail itself is actually in pretty good condition (considering the steep, loose, adventure-ride that it's supposed to be). It would be great trail again if somebody would clear the trail of the trees.

I rated this trail a 5 since it will, someday, be a 5-star descent again. In it's current condition it's still a fun 3-star adventure.

Recommended Route:
Since much of the lower section is ridable on the way up and because the condition of the upper section depends on the number of fallen trees, it might be prudent just to ride/hike the trail from the bottom and turn around when you get tired of hiking over trees.



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Review Date
May 25, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: JRKitect ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This trail is making a comeback this year! Last weekend this was the downhill portion of a singlespeed race. We shuttled it last night while demoing some bomber bikes: this is some of the funnest singletrack in town! Be warned...it is a pretty gnarly trail, but not due to lack of grooming - it's just a technical ride with lots of obstacles and super-tight switchbacks; it's loads of fun. It also offers the sweetest views of the La Platas and the Animas Valley there are to be had.

Recommended Route:
Shuttle it, I didn't catch the route as I was happily stuffed in the back of a windowless van. But any of the bike shops can tell you. Just ask how to get to the top of Missionary Ridge for the Haflin Downhill. It'll let you off on the east side of County Road 203 less than a mile south of Trimble Lane (or you can be an animal and ride up it starting here).

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Test Tracks/Durango Mountain Park, Colorado Trail, Telegraph system, Animas Mountain, Hermosa.



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Review Date
July 6, 2008

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: bmeston ,  Racer

Summary:
So we gamely attempted this trail in July 2008. The climb was nice and aerobic, and mentally preps you for a sweet downhill run. Too bad this trail is almost too brutal to enjoy. The Missionary Ridge Trail, which leads to the top is not ride-able. There are too many downed trees due to the fire. You have to climb over fallen trees about every 100 yards. Once on Halflin Creek Trail, you can tell it is not used much any more. It is almost completely overgrown and it will shred your arms and legs. The scrub oak, thistles, and aspens all took turns carving tattoos into my exposed limbs. And without visibility, the technical bits on this trail are very scary. I advise caution, unless you have a suicide wish.



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Review Date
May 16, 2006

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: gilley ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Haflin is open again. It is a bit rough from dead branches and new growth but all in all the trail is in great shape. It is a great downhill ride. It's super beautiful with the burned trees and the green growth. The climb from town gives you plenty of time to think about religion and all that. The downhill gives you plenty to pay attention to. Great little technical sections and switchbacks to test your skills.

Recommended Route:
Ride from town on Florida, turn up Sortais Rd. and head up towards the ridge and FR 071. 3 miles up there is a trailhead. Park there and ride up a few more miles to the radio towers. Go downhill.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Hermosa Trail, Jones Creek



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Review Date
April 7, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by:  , from Durango

Summary:
This trail is NO MORE. The fire destroyed it. RIP Halin Creek, Stevens Creek, Missionary Ridge Trail. These trails won't be open (or ridable) for awhile, atleast not this summer.



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