The route for the Durango Fall Blaze starts at Fort Lewis College and meanders 3 miles through town before heading North on HWY 550. Riders will ride on the ample shoulder through the Animas Valley before climbing up Shalona Hill and turning right on CR 250 and Aid Station #1. Riders continue down CR 250, turn sharply at the bottom and continue on CR 250 over Baker’s Bridge and back to town on the East side of the Animas Valley. Aid Station #2 awaits riders at Core Value Fitness at the corner of CR 250 and 32nd St.. At Florida Rd. the 37-mile route returns to FLC via North College while the 60/100-mile riders turn left up the Edgemont climb and continue on CR 240 to Aid Station #3 at Helen’s Store. The 60 mile riders then double back to return to FLC while the 100-mile riders keep right towards CR 501 then turnleft towards Vallecito and Aid Station #4. Riders then double back on CR 501 down to Bayfield and Aid Station #5 at Eagle Park. After some well deservedrefreshments and fuel riders head down CR 516 (Rainbow Highway), turn left on HWY 172 to Aid Station #6 at Florida Mesa Elementary School. After crossing HWY 160 riders follow CR 234 to CR 240 back to town and return to FLC via NorthCollege.
- Total Climbing Gain (for the 100 mile route) = 6081 feet
- Maximum Elevation = 8333 Feet
- Minimum Elevation = 6593 Feet
MapMyRide maps of each option:
Fabulous Blaze Route Map