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29 Jul 2020
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SummerHiking

“Come for the winter, stay for the summer” is a common phrase heard around Telluride. While Telluride may be known for its epic terrain at the ski resort in the winter, the summers can be just as beautiful. 

Hiking is the most popular summer activity in Telluride - and for good reason. With endless terrain to explore right in our backyard, it’s a great place to stretch the legs and experience the San Juans. 

These are just a few of our favorite hikes in Telluride. The best part? You can do any of these right from your vacation rental in Telluride - no car needed!

1. The Jud Wiebe

Jud Wiebe

The Jud Wiebe is a local favorite that traverses the north side of our box canyon. This short, two-hour hike is a quick jaunt up the mountain and it offers stunning views of the town of Telluride, the Telluride Ski Resort and Ajax Peak. The beginning of the trail from either side is steep (1,300-foot elevation gain), but levels out near the top - be sure to stop at the famous bench for some pictures (and a breather). 

Bonus: If you’re looking for a little extra adventure, instead of turning left across the bridge to go up the Jud Wiebe, stay straight on the trail. This short, but steep trail will take you to Cornet Falls - a stunning waterfall hidden in the canyon. It’s just a short .6 miles round trip - and the views are totally worth it! We recommend starting this before heading up the Wiebe. 

Directions: The Jud Wiebe is a loop that starts at the top of North Aspen Street and ends at North Oak Street (or vice versa). From Oak Street, you will have to walk up Imogene Pass Road before seeing the trailhead. It can be traversed from either direction.

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2. Bear Creek Falls

Bear Creek Falls

Bear Creek Falls is easily the most popular trail in Telluride, and for good reason. This wide, even path meanders through the woods and is great for families of all ages! It starts right in the town of Telluride and heads up to an epic waterfall. This is an out-and-back trail that is 4.5 miles round trip with 1,092 feet in elevation gain. 

Bonus: There’s a secret hidden waterfall canyon off of this trail - be sure to ask a local how to find it!

Directions: This is a well-marked trailhead at the end of South Pine Street in the Riverside Parking lot. It is an out-and-back trail. 

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3. Bridal Veil Trail

Bridal Veil Falls

Telluride’s iconic 365-foot waterfall, Bridal Veil Falls, now has a new trail leading up to it! Rather than a trek on the gravel road, now you can meander through aspen trees and pass multiple new hidden waterfalls on your way to Bridal Veil Falls! This hike is out-and-back and is just 2.4 miles round-trip. 

Bonus: All of the waterfalls leading to Bridal Veil Falls make for great little swimming holes in the summer when it’s super hot! 

Directions: The Bridal Veil Trailhead is located just off of the Idarado Mine parking area at the base of Bridal Veil Falls.

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4. Blue Lake

Blue Lake Telluride

This stunning trail leaves from the town of Telluride and heads up to a crystal clear lake. The trail itself actually starts at the top of the Bridal Veil Power Station and is 5.7 miles roundtrip with 1,843 feet of elevation gain. It’s possible to start at the base of Bridal Veil Falls, but it will add several miles each way onto any hike. Pack a lunch and a camera - this lake is a great place to relax and take in the sights. 

Bonus: There are so many other hikes in the area that are just a short trek away from Blue Lake! Instead of taking a left at the split, take a right and find yourself at Lewis Mine. If you’re feeling extra ambitious, the stunning Columbine Lake is also accessible via a trail in this area. 

Directions: Hikers can either start at the base of Bridal Veil Falls or drive up and park at the Bridal Veil Power Station. High-clearance 4WD vehicles are required. From there, duck through the power station fencing and continue along the trail. Upon hitting a split in the trail, stay left. 

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5. Sneffels Highline

Sneffels

If you’re looking for an all-day hike in Telluride, this is it. This 12.4-mile roundtrip hike starts out on the Jud Wiebe before heading through aspens, wildflower fields and passing plenty of waterfalls. It offers unbeatable views of Mt. Emma, Dallas Peak, Gilpin Peak and more. Bring plenty of water - this is definitely a long hike and has long stretches of exposed areas. 

Bonus: This is a great trail for backpacking. Fields of wildflowers, streams and great views await any overnighters!

Directions: The Sneffels Highline starts off on the Jud Wiebe Trail, which begins at the North end of Aspen Street. Continue on the Wiebe for .5 miles before the Sneffels Highline Trail splits off and heads north. Continue on the Highline Trail before connecting with the Deep Creek Trail and back to town. 

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