And all the trailheads start in town!
There are nearly 30 hikes in Telluride and we’ve narrowed them down to the top 5 hikes in Telluride! From family friendly to all-day adventures there’s a hike for everyone! The best part? They all start from town so there is no need for a car! Grab a yummy coffee from The Coffee Cowboy and get hiking!
Bear Creek Falls
This family friendly hike is accessible all times of year. In the summer cruise on up the 2.5 miles until you reach the stunning falls. On your way up you’ll pass many clearings, cross streams, and stumble upon an opening full of cairns along the river. In the winter time the falls freeze into an icy blue spectacle. If you want a real challenge fat bike up to the falls!
This locals favorite trail is a loop that twists through the aspens and offers an aerial view of town. Locals will argue what trailhead to start at. Some say Tomboy if you want an easier incline while others are die hard Aspen Street starters. Either way, this hike is a weekly (if not daily) staple for Telluride folks throughout the year. Yes, even in winter!
If abandoned mines and high alpine lakes are up your alley try Lewis Mine. Make sure you go during July or August when the wildflowers peak. You’ll enjoy miles of Columbine, Lupine, and Paintbrush flowers plus streams and vistas galore. At the top of the hike you are rewarded with a preserved 5 story mine. Follow the trail beyond the mill to reach Lewis Lake. If you are feeling even more adventurous there’s an unnamed trail beyond the lake with views of Columbine Lake.
Ajax peak awards it’s hikers with endless views and landmarks throughout the hike. Start at the Bridal Veil Trail trailhead and climb steeply past the stunning falls, up the road towards the famous Black Bear Pass. You’ll pass mine ruins including mining cables overhead. Once at the summit you have a panoramic view of Silver Lake, the Town of Telluride, Imogene Pass and numerous peaks. You can hike Ajax all summer, but we love this hike in July!
Sneffels High Line
This 13-mile loop hike is an all-day affair that winds you through aspen trees, fields of wildflowers, and alpine basins. You’ll get unreal views of the southwest including the ski area Wilson Peak, El Diente and Lizard Head. This trail sees minimal traffic so at times you’ll have the whole high country to yourself. Locals have their favorite season to hike this trail. If you are a wildflower fan try late summer but we love it in the fall when gold season peaks.
Whatever your hiking preferences may be, Telluride has plenty more where these came from! These might be our top 5 favorite hikes in Telluride, but there are so many more in the area. Ask our friendly staff members for advice on their favorite hikes, and don’t forget to check our available lodging for a place to rest your weary feet!