Haflin Creek forms up two and occasionally three climbable falls. The Lower falls are an easy fifteen minute hike and offer up some excellent toprope and ice "bouldering" opprotunities. It is also an excellent place to begin and practice leading. The upper falls (when formed) offer up exteremly picturesque and challenging climbing.It is a healthy 2.5 mile hike in to the falls.
From downtown Durango, take Main St. or 550 north to 14th. Main, 550 and 14th all come together in a weird 4-way intersection with a traffic light. Take 14th east (right if heading north on Main, straight if heading north on 550) a couple hundred yards to a 3-way intersection. Go straight through this intersection and 14th will become Florida Rd. A couple miles east on Florida County Road 250 intersects at a gas station. This station that Burns describes as a Texaco in his guidebook, is now an Exxon. I didn't see the road sign at the intersection, so this station is the landmark. Take a left (north) on 250 for 5.5 miles to a turnout on the right. A forest service works facility (lots of trucks in a fenced lot) is readily visible. Park near the facility on the north side, clear of the gates. Haflin Creek trailhead is clearly marked to the east. Follow the trail up and to your right until it splits at a small white, (not green anymore, as reported by Burns) locked building. The lower falls is to the right, the upper follows the main trail to the left
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