The Essence: Engineer Mountian is arguably the number one go to spots in the San Juan National Forest. The bald 13,000-foot giant towers over the ever so small feeling highway 550 below. Engineer Mountian offers many activities during both summer and winter. Everything from day hikes to all day mountain bike rides in the summer. Or in the winter a snowshoe or backcountry skiers playground.
Getting There: From Durango drive north 34 miles on U.S. 550 passing Purgatory Resort till reaching the summit of Cole Bank. Just after the summit, there will be a dirt parking lot on your left where the trailhead is marked and awaits.
The Route: From the dirt parking lot there is a give or take a 45-minute hike will lead you to the base of Engineer Mountian. At the fork From there, many options are available, including summiting Engineer Mountian or taking EMT trail due south or Engineer creek trail towards the North.
Comments: We highly recommend taking a trail map as well as all the proper gear along with you. As for us, locals know the weather in the south-west high country can change in the blink of an eye. Please be aware that there a few pitches near the summit of Engineer that are near vertical. Please don't hesitate to stop in if you have any further questions.