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    Default Durango/Silverton railroad down for the count

    Just a heads up. Due to a mudslide, part of the tracks between Dogwood(I think that's right) and Durango are unusable, so the railroad's operations are limited. They're sending passengers to Dogwood by bus, train goes from there.
    As of two days ago, all wilderness access via the train had still been "suspended through the remainder of the year", though I'm sure this is subject to change if the tracks are repaired. They just don't know when that will be...

    For my friend and me, that's going to mean a shuttle to Molas Pass vs. getting off the train at Elk Park, and out via the river trail instead of catching the train at Needleton. Hate that he'll miss experiencing the train ride, but I'm ok with padding my mileage and pretending it was a great ordeal(since the extra miles are pretty much all downhill!).

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    My granddaughter and I had planned to use the train in early August. Unfortunately they weren’t taking backpackers until after we had to start back home.
    I’m now 0 for 2.
    Y’all have a good trip!
    Wayne

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    Thanks!
    Going earlier than planned to accomodate my buddy's schedule, so the severe weather advisory has been moved to Sept. 15-21.

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    I don't know where they stand as far as getting the train on its normal schedule or resuming backcountry access, but we used Buckhorn Limousine as a shuttle service, and it was actually less expensive than the train would have been.
    We went in at Molas Pass, and hiked down to Elk Park(then did the Elk Park/Needleton loop except staying with the CDT to Twin Lakes, then over to Rock Lake and down the Rock Creek Trail back to the Vallecito). That was pretty cool, since I never made it to Rock Lake last time, coming from the other direction and getting trapped by a storm before the final climb.


    Anyway, to make a long story long, hiking in cost us zero time in the whole scheme of things. Even with a side trip to Molas Lake, we had to wait to watch the train come through Elk Park. The hike down from Molas Pass was beautiful. The colors were popping, and 2 of our 3 moose encounters on day 1 happened as a result.
    On the other end, hiking out via the Animas River Trail to the Purgatory Creek Trail was also beautiful-tons of color around Purgatory Flats. 9 more extra miles, but they went quickly.
    I really enjoyed the train ride my first trip to the Weminuche, but the way we did it this time is now my preferred method.


    btw, we were blessed with good weather, and it only rained from below Columbine Pass and over into Chicago Basin on the next to the last day, and then again the last night.
    My first backpacking trip out West that was not solo, and first(of 8!) to not feature some kind of insane weather. My friend's luck with the weather is about the same as mine, so I guess we made a double negative!

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    Great news in every way! Thanks for sharing.
    Wayne

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    Rockwood Station, btw.
    My gf and I rode the train from Rockwood to Silverton last year, July 21 2018. It did start from Durango, but we we're staying close to the Rockwood Station, so that's where we boarded.
    It was my first train ride (that I remember - apparently I was on a train once as a young child). Loved every bit of the experience! The smell of the coal fire, the chugga chugga noises, the elk, the scenery, the period correct staff... I felt like a kid, it was great.

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