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Hiking, Climbing, Trekking in Telluride, Colorado

Telluride Hiking: Telluride has four waterfalls, high-altitude mining towns, the highest concentration of 14,000-ft. peaks in North America and the most high-altitude passes. Colorful hiking includes fields of wildflowers that begin to bloom in June and peak in July, with yellows, reds and burnt orange color in late September and early October. Drive in or fly. Book Lodging Here

We have a great HIKING and WELLNESS Program! Explore the high country with our energizing hiking program. Mountain chilled waterfalls, ghost towns and abandoned mines and the opportunity to summit a peak or two are just out our backdoor. Create your own experience to match your ability level. Come to Telluride and RELAX! Be pampered after hiking at altitude with massages, "Best Breakfast in Telluride", gourmet lunches, fine dinners, relaxing happy hours and deluxe accommodations! Program Statistics: Miles: 50 Miles, Elevation Gain: 11,000 feet, High Point: 13,300 feet, Fun: Immeasurable Sign up now! Click Here

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From Town

Bear Creek Canyon
Easy to Moderate (Approximately 4 miles round trip from town to falls)- This is an awesome hike, a favorite of locals and visitors alike, because Bear Creek's amazing serenity and beauty makes you feel like you're 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.

Jud Wiebe Trail
Moderate - Great views all the way on the traditional locals' hike with a 2.7 mile loop and 1,200 foot elevation gain. Enter at the north end of Aspen Street, then turn left and cross the bridge over Cornet Creek. Jud Wiebe loops above town with views of Bridal Veil and Ingram Falls, town, and the ski area, then continues to Tomboy Road and back to town. (Locals' warm-up: Skip the bridge and go straight on the Cornet Creek trail. This is only 1/4 mile round trip and can be steep at times, winding along a gorgeous creek with a surprise ending at lovely waterfalls surrounded by red rock). You can also access the Sneffels Highline Trail along the Jud Wiebe Trail.

Bridal Veil Falls
Moderate - These stunning waterfalls, over 300 feet in length, entice many people to hike, bike, or four wheel drive 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 hike or 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 hike up. Parking is not available at the top.

Tomboy Road, Town of Tomboy, Imogene Pass & Ouray
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 are 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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San Miguel River Trail
Easy - This is a refreshing, scenic walk right along the river, a great warm up trail or leisurely walk, 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).

Sneffels Highline Trail
Difficult - If you're hearing the call of the wild, this is your answer for robust backcountry challenge and endurance. Follow the Jud Wiebe trail and at .5 miles take the path to the left that crosses Butcher Creek. Turn right at the sign post and climb north. This is a 13-mile loop with a 3,600 foot elevation gain. The trail will lead you above timberline to Pack Basin, over a saddle and into Mill Creek Basin. Continue down to Mill Creek, turn left to access the Waterline trail (over bridge), and return to the Jud Wiebe and back to town.

Telluride Ski Area
Moderate - 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. Hike or mountain bike beginning at mid-station at Station St. Sophia, or begin your hike from Telluride or Mountain Village up to Station St. Sophia - a respectable 1,600 foot elevation gain from Telluride, and about half that elevation gain from Mt. Village. Call the ski area at 728-7538 for more information.

Blue Lake
Access from Bridal Vail Falls. Moderate to Difficult. Approximately 4 hours round trip covering 5 1/4 miles with an elevation gain of 2,000 feet. This is a spectacular wildflower hike which ends above tree-line.

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Alta Lakes
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
Difficult - Black Bear Pass goes from Telluride over Red Mountain Pass. It is 3.6 miles one way from Bridal Veil intersection to Red Mountain Pass, a 2,520-foot elevation gain. Please note that this is a popular Jeeping road when hiking be extra careful. Access: Past Bridal Veil Falls the road begins makes a steep asent up to the pass alongside the 125-foot Ingram Falls and then desends over Red Mountain Pass.

Deep Creek
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.

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Galloping Goose Trail
Easy hiking - A long and rewarding bike or hiking trip 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.

Ophir Pass
Moderate - If Imogene Pass just whets your appetite for more four-wheel excitement, try spectacular Ophir Pass. It's 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. 4WD required.

Wilson Mesa Trail
Moderate - If you want awesome scenery mixed with solitude (and fabulous 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.

Lizard Head Wilderness Area
Varies - This area boasts some of the Southwest's most rugged and pristine mountains, with three 14,000 foot peaks and ideal high-altitude hiking. No vehicles or mountain bikes are allowed in wilderness areas. Call the U.S. Forest Service for further information about camping. 327-4261.

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