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Mountain Biking in Telluride

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Telluride's premier source for mountain adventures, we offer adventures in rock climbing, mountaineering, hiking,

backpacking, camping, ice climbing, backcountry skiing, and snowshoeing. With the guidance of expert instructors

and naturalists, participants in our programs gain an appreciation for the rich natural and cultural history of

Telluride's majestic San Juan Mountains. We provide the industry's highest quality instruction in a supportive

learning environment and creates a nurturing and comfortable outdoor experience for people of all ages and

abilities. We are a LLC and are fully insured USDA Forest Service permitted outfitter.

Ski Mountain, Telluride Ski Resort-Bike where you ski!

Moderate to Difficult - A variety of superb backcountry trails on the ski mountain are accessed via the free gondola,

which runs continuously from 7 a.m. to midnight every day beginning May 23 until off-season. Mountain bike

beginning at mid-station at Station St. Sophia and about half that elevation gain from Mt. Village. Call the ski area

at 728-7538 for more information. Try the Telluride Trail, ride the gondola up from Telluride, and coast down, fun,

but be careful, make sure your brakes work.

Alta Lakes Trail-Great views!
Easy to Moderate - The 1870s mining town of Alta is on the National Register of Historic Places and Alta Lakes

are picture postcard beautiful. It is 5 miles one way with a 1,700-foot elevation gain. Directions: go six miles south

of Telluride on Hwy. 145 (toward Cortez) to Alta Lakes Road. To reach the ghost town of Alta, stay on the main

road for 4 miles. To get to the lakes, turn right at the town and follow the signs to Alta Lakes.

Black Bear Pass-Bike, Jeep, Hike
Difficult - This is for experienced bikers only. Black Bear Pass is a one way ride from Red Mountain Pass, and

extreme caution must be taken coming down the switchbacks to Telluride. It is 3.6 miles one way from Red

Mountain Pass to Bridal Veil intersection, a 2,520-foot elevation loss. Access: the one-way road begins off Red

Mountain Pass, climbs gradually, then makes a breathtaking plunge into Telluride alongside the 125-foot Ingram

Falls, and past Bridal Veil Falls.

Deep Creek-Recommended
Easy - This is 6.5 miles one way with a 1,672-foot elevation gain. Access Deep Creek from the Jud Wiebe

trailhead at N. Aspen St. or Mill Creek. Cross the bridge over Mill Creek and turn right on the Deep Creek Trail,

which continues to Last Dollar Road. The trail has many forks, so a map/guide is recommended. Bikers can

make an 18-mile loop. Follow the trail to Last Dollar Rd., turn left and climb to the intersection with the paved

airport road. Ride down to Hwy. 145, then east into town.

Galloping Goose Trail-Recommended

Moderate biking. A long and rewarding bike that is 20.6 miles one way with a 1,580-foot elevation gain. Take the

Bike Path west from town and go up to Lawson Hill entrance, follow single track down old railroad grade to Ilium

Valley. Make a sharp right turn at the road. Turn left over bridge to Sunshine Mesa. At first switchback, continue

straight onto the old railroad grade again. Trail continues above Ames to Ophir Loop (Hwy. 145). Loop can be

completed by taking South Fork Rd. back to Ilium single track and Lawson Hill or continue south (under the

highway) to Trout Lake and Lizard Head Pass.

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Ilium Road/Ames Historic Site
Easy - Ames is the site of the country's first alternating current power plant built by George Westinghouse, L.L.

nunn, and Nikola Tesla. To get there, bike five miles west on Hwy, 145 from Telluride, then turn at the Ilium Road

turnoff that parallels the San Miguel River (south fork) to the historic Ames power plant. It is 6 miles one way with

a 1,250-foot elevation gain.

Last Dollar-Recommended
Moderate - There is a 19-mile "Local's Loop" for bikes with a 300-foot elevation gain. Access: 3 miles west of

town on Hwy. 145, turn right on the airport road and follow it for 2 miles to the dirt road that forks north just before

the airport. Continue for 1.5 miles, then turn left on Deep Creek Rd and ride down 2 miles to the highway. Ride

east toward town, turn right on South Fork Rd., then turn left on the Galloping Goose Trail and ride up to the bike

path back to town. A longer loop for bikers is available by following Last Dollar Road, then descending to Sawpit

and Hwy.145 via Rd. 58P. Another option is to continue north to Hwy.145 where an inspiring panorama of

mountain peaks awaits you at Dallas Divide on the way to Ridgway, Ouray, or Montrose.

Ophir Pass-Recommended
Moderate to Difficult - Spectacular Ophir Pass is six miles one way from Hwy. 145 to top of the pass with a

2,480-foot elevation gain. From Telluride, drive south on Hwy. 145 for 8 miles. Turn left onto a dirt road (watch for

post office sign) and proceed through "old" Ophir to the pass road. Ophir Pass climbs above timberline over a

scree field to the 12,789-foot summit. Return via the same route, or continue down to Red Mountain Pass and

make a long loop back to town via Ouray.

Wilson Mesa Trail
Moderate - If you want awesome scenery mixed with solitude (and colors in the fall), take this trail which is 13

miles one way east from Woods Lake to Sunshine Mesa with a 3,700-foot elevation gain. To access: Drive 14

miles west of Telluride on Hwy. 145. Turn left on Fall Creek Road and follow for 7.75 miles to the trailhead. Park

here or continue another .25 miles to Woods Lake and park there. Or access from the top of Sunshine Mesa and

the trailhead to Bilk Creek heading west to Woods Lake.

Bear Creek Canyon-Recommended-Steep-bring a lunch.
Easy to Moderate - This is an awesome bike from town, a favorite of locals and visitors alike, because Bear

Creek's amazing serenity and beauty makes you feel like you are miles away from civilization. It's 2 miles one

way to the waterfalls with a 1,040 foot elevation gain within this 325-acre mountain canyon that is secured for

the public by the Telluride Land Trust. Enter the trail from the end of South Pine Street and follow Bear Creek up

the canyon and enjoy views of jagged peaks on your way to the waterfalls. About .25 miles before the falls, watch

for the sign on your right announcing the trailhead to the rugged and challenging Wasatch Trail.  

San Miguel River Trail-Take the kids on this.
Easy - This is a refreshing, easy ride, perfect for those who want to acclimatize to the altitude. Recently

expanded, it's about 2.75 miles one way with a 170-foot elevation gain. Begin at the east end of town at East

Colorado and Columbine Street, past Town Park. All along the river, you can access side streets as it continues

west towards the valley floor, ending at Boomerang Road. (Do not enter the valley floor as it is closed to public

use).

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Bridal Veil Falls-Spectacular
Moderate - These stunning waterfalls, over 300 feet in length, entice many people to bike up the road. From

Pandora Mill to Bridal Veil waterfalls and the power plant, it's 1.8 miles and a 1,200 foot elevation gain. Or you can

bike to the bottom of the falls and get energized in the midst of the mist. Directions: Go east through town on

Colorado Avenue toward the mountain, pass the old Pandora Mine on your left, and follow the road marked County

Road. Continue on this dirt road and go up the switchbacks for 1.2 miles to the bottom of falls, or go the extra .6

miles to the top of the falls. You don't have to stop here, though. Beyond the privately owned historic power plant,

the awesome Bridal Veil Basin, Blue Lake, and Silver Lake await you. Note: If you drive, park your car at the base

of the falls and bike up. Parking is not available at the top.

Tomboy Road, Town of Tomboy, Imogene Pass & Ouray-Long, Fun, Worth It!

Moderate to Difficult - Be prepared for the rugged five-mile road to the fascinating town of Tomboy (2,650 foot

elevation gain) by taking plenty of water, food or snacks, and warm clothing. It's 7 miles to Imogene Pass (at

13,114 feet, it's a 4,350 elevation gain) and 18 miles total to Ouray. Start in town at the north end of Oak Street

and turn right on the dirt road (Tomboy Road). Continue past waterfalls and through a tunnel to arrive at the mining

camp of Tomboy. The road continuing on to the pass is a steep grade with loose rock and, after that, a steeper

downhill ride to Ouray. Several paths at the top of the pass lead to peaks. You can take a side trip by making a

left turn (marked) and explore the raw beauty of Yankee Boy Basin; continuing toward Ouray, you'll pass by Camp

Bird, historically one of the richest mines in the country. If you're going straight to Ouray, expect this trip to take

at least two hours but, if you want to explore, expect to spend a good part of the day.

 

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