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Hiking in Telluride, Colorado

hiking in Telluride

The scenic trails around the quant city of Telluride are ideal for a simple afternoon jaunt or an extended cross-country expedition. Pathways sprawl through North America’s greatest concentration of 14,000 foot peaks, around four inspiring waterfalls, and through some of the most picturesque landscape in the Rocky Mountains. Trails lead along lush forested hillside, through wildflower-filled meadows, and into long-deserted mining towns.

Hiking is Telluride’s most popular summertime activity, and with the wide variety of trails and mountain paths, you can explore new ground from June to October. The unique terrain of this mountainous landscape allows visitors to traverse the “fourteeners,” or the tallest peaks, without hiking aggressive trails.

Once you’ve visited the many alpine lakes and seen the grand views from high in Colorado’s mountains, you can head back to Telluride and indulge in a hot-stone massage, savor a gourmet meal, or just relax with a drink at a local pub. You are certain to have an unforgettable experience on these alpine trails, just don’t forget to bring your camera.

Popular Telluride Hiking Trails

Telluride Ski AreaEasy

During the summer, access the ski mountain via the free gondola, and explore the many trails offered by these beautiful mountains. Explore the variety of superb backcountry trails.

Deep CreekEasy

Enjoy this easy 6,5 mile hike, winding along Deep Creek. There are many forks from this trail, so a map is recommended. 6.5 miles one way, rising 1,672 feet.

Galloping Goose TrailEasy

This long and rewarding trail takes you from Lawson Hill in Telluride to Lizard Head Pass. It is an easy 20 mile hike, through beautiful mountain scenery. Gains 1,580 feet.

Bear Creek CanyonEasy to Moderate

A local favorite, this hike takes you through the amazing beauty surrounding Bear Creek, and ends up at the awesome Bear Creek Falls. 2 miles one way, rising 1,040 feet.

Alta LakesEasy to Moderate

This 5 mile hike takes you to the 1870’s mining town of Alta, and along trails exploring the picturesque Alta Lakes. 5 miles one way, rising 1,700 feet in elevation.

Bridal Veil FallsModerate

The tallest free falling waterfalls in Colorado, the stunning Bridal Veil Falls are a must-see. A 2 mile hike, gaining 1,200 feet in elevation.

Wilson Mesa TrailModerate

This 13 mile trail from Woods Lake to Sunshine Mesa takes you through awesome scenery combined with nature’s solitude. It is beautiful for hiking, biking, or picture-taking. 13 miles one way, rising 3,700 feet.

Jud Wiebe TrailModerate to Difficult

Another local favorite, this hike quickly climbs above the town, offering soaring views of the area, then heading into the rugged wilderness. It ends with a spectacular view of Bridal Veil Falls. This 3 mile loop gains 1,140 feet.

San Miguel River TrailModerate to Difficult

This gentle, easy trail is a perfect stroll along the San Miguel River. It can be accessed from many streets in Telluride. The ‘River Trail’ is a year-round local favorite. 4.25 miles one way, 170 foot gain.

Blue LakeModerate to Difficult

This spectacular wildflower hike takes your from the top of Bridal Veil Falls, above the tree-line, ending at Blue Lake. This 5+ mile hike takes about 4 hours round trip, and gains 2,000 feet in elevation.

Sneffels Highline TrailDifficult

This classic alpine loop trail connect many of the older mining roads and trails, creating a scenic view of Telluride above the north end of the city. It is 13.4 total miles, and gains 3,500 feet in elevation.