Trailhead:  Purgatory
San Juan Mountains
 Posted By:  S-Parx
 Date of Info:  07/28/2019
 Date Posted:  07/29/2019
 Status Update
I believe this TH is open year round, but wanted to add a little more detail to it.

It is in a subdivision with fancy houses on either side, next to a lake and a town park. No "No Camping" signs and got away with sleeping in my car the night before and after my trip. Did not cook or hangout outside though. Cell reception was great with Verizon and I would assume other carriers as well.

The trail starts across the street from the lake and main parking area and goes downhill to Purgatory Flats. Having had no previous idea why this area was called that, once arriving, I understood. Right as you gain the "flats" you cross a small trickle of a stream, maybe dry later in the summer and come upon an immediate junction. Go right here. The trail parallels Cascade creek on the hikers left when descending. There is another junction shortly after, I think the main trail is on the right, but another trail on the left meets up with the main trail ~1/4mi later after passing some camping near the creek and a nice little beach. From here on the trail is easily followed to Chicago Basin and junctions are labelled.

Photo is "The Flats" returning from Animas River up to my car.



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