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Wildflowers, Vistas & Views

Many people come to Telluride for the winters and stay for the summers - which has much to do with the incredible hiking. From beginner trails for the flatlanders to extreme all-day hikes through the high country, there is a hike for every skill level to enjoy in Telluride. 

A few of our favorite places:

Bear Creek Falls

  • Rating: Easy
  • Hours: 2-3 hours round trip
  • Elevation Gain: 1,050 feet

Bear Creek Falls is the most popular trail in Telluride - and for good reason. This trail is just 2.5 miles to a stunning waterfall on a well-marked trail through the woods. Admire stunning views of the town of Telluride once you reach the falls plus plenty of wildflowers along the way. 

For additional details, directions and an interactive map, click here.

Jud Wiebe 

  • Rating: Intermediate
  • Hours: 2 hours round trip
  • Elevation Gain: 1,300 feet

The Jud Wiebe is a local favorite that starts right in the town of Telluride! It starts at the top of North Aspen Street and is a loop to the Top of North Oak Street, both of which have steep climbs to start before flattening out and descending down the mountain. This trail is short and steep, but offers amazing views of the town of Telluride, the Ski Resort, and Ajax Peak. 

For additional details, directions and an interactive map, click here

Bridal Veil Falls

  • Rating: Intermediate
  • Hours: 2 hours round trip
  • Elevation Gain: 1,650 feet

An icon in Telluride, Bridal Veil Falls is a must-see while visiting the San Juans. The power plant sits atop the waterfall, which at 365 feet, is the tallest free-falling waterfall in Colorado. The hike up is on a gravel and dirt road shared with vehicles and bikes, but a new trail off of the road can be found ½ mile up on the right side. Check out the brand new Bridal Veil Creek Trail, which traverses up the mountainside and avoids the road. This is a 2.4-mile roundtrip hike. 

Hope Lake

  • Rating: Intermediate
  • Hours: 3-4 hours
  • Elevation Gain: 1,312

This stunning high alpine lake is located just outside of Telluride and is a great trail for anyone looking for a great 1/2 day hike. The beginning part of this hike crosses over a stream and is a nice steady jaunt through a beautiful forest before heading up steep switchbacks. Just before the lake, you'll pass through stunning fields of wildflowers! This is a great family-friendly option for hikers. 

For additional details, directions and an interactive map, click here

Sneffels Highline

  • Rating: Hard
  • Hours: 7-8 hours round trip
  • Elevation Gain: 3,986 feet

This is one of the hardest trails in Telluride, but also one of the most rewarding. The 14.3-mile trail can be done clockwise from Mill Creek or counter-clockwise from the Jud Wiebe. It offers amazing views of the surrounding vistas. Expect plenty of wildflowers, wildlife and a singletrack trail. The saddle, which is a scree field, can be difficult to maneuver. Be prepared with plenty of water and food for this all-day hike. 

For additional details, directions and an interactive map, click here

Blue Lake

  • Rating: Hard
  • Hours: 4 hours round trip
  • Elevation Gain: 2,000 feet

Blue Lake is located above the Bridal Veil Power Plant and is 6.6 miles round trip. We recommend parking at the top of the power plant and beginning the hike there, otherwise, it adds several miles and hours onto the hike. The path is not well-marked past the initial trailhead, so be sure to stay left at every split. This is a great hike with plenty of waterfalls, wildflowers, old mining equipment and a stunning blue lake at the end. The hike also branches off to Lewis Lake and Silver Lake. 

For additional details, directions and an interactive map, click here

Blue Lakes

  • Rating: Hard
  • Hours: 4-7, depending on how many lakes you do
  • Elevation gain: 1,590- 3,650 feet

Not to be confused with Blue Lake above Bridal Veil, this trail features three high alpine lakes and starts off of County Road 7 between Telluride and Ridgway. Hikers will traverse through the woods and fields of wildflowers before approaching the first lake, which is approximately 6.3 miles and 1,590 feet in elevation gain. Hikers can continue to the other two lakes, which take an additional few hours and make this trip close to 11 miles. If you're feeling ambitious, you can even reach Mt. Sneffels (14,158) from this route. This is an out-and-back trail. 

For additional details, directions and an interactive map, click here

Wasatch Trail Loop

  • Rating: Hard
  • Hours: 6-8 hours
  • Elevation Gain: 4,324 feet

The Wasatch Trail Loop is an all-day hike that traverses over rivers, next to waterfalls and by plenty of waterfalls! This is a 15-mile hike that will take the entire day. The Wasatch Trail Loop starts in the town of Telluride and continues up Bear Creek Falls until turning into the Wasatch Trail two miles into the hike. It ends in Bridal Veil Basin, and can also be done in reverse. The Wasatch Connector is an alternative to Bear Creek - you wind up at the top of See Forever on the Telluride Ski Resort. 

For additional details, directions and an interactive map, click here.

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