Named in honor of Durango's cycling folk hero, Ned Overend, Overend Mountain Park stands as a prominent outdoor gem located at the edge of Durango. Offering a wealth of loop options, well-marked trails, and challenging climbs, this network is known to satiate even the most adventurous cyclist’s cravings.
Getting to Overend Mountain Park is an effortless affair. The northern sector of the trail network is accessible from either Montview or Crestview. From Camino del Rio (Hwy 550), turn west onto 22nd Street and drive to the end of Montview or make a right and park at the end of Crestview. The choice is yours.
For first-timers or those looking for a quick 5-mile adventure, this guide recommends turning north onto Crestview Tr., then making a left onto Hidden Valley. From there, right onto Grabens Loop—where staying left at an unmarked junction is key. At the next signpost, opt for Star Wars, renowned for its banked descent. Make a right onto Perins Gulch, followed by a climb to Hogsback.
Consider Hogback the mountain's 'life-or-death' challenge. Incredibly steep and gravely, this is where your skills get truly tested. Seen from the town, Hogback's daunting slope invites only the most audacious cyclists. Lesser mortals might prefer to turn around and retrace their steps.
With its variety, proximity to town, and the opportunity for skill-testing rides, Overend Mountain Park checks all the boxes for an adrenaline-filled cycling experience. Get to know the trails, tackle Hogback if you dare, and ride your way through Durango's mountain biking legacy.