Hiking in Telluride

One of the largest perks of visiting Telluride in the summertime is the opportunity to hike and see the beauty of this region from a completely new vantage point. Hikers can view waterfalls, meadows of wildflowers ablaze in color, alpine lakes, wildlife, historic mining ruins, ghost towns and more!

There are plenty of trails to choose from for every ability level. The Jud Wiebe trail, Cornet Creek and Bear Creek Falls trailheads are easily accessed from the town of Telluride while Top-a-Ten, See Forever, Prospect, and Wasatch Connection originate in Mountain Village.

Bear Creek Falls in Telluride

Bear Creek Falls

One of the most popular hikes is through the Bear Creek Preserve starting from South Pine Street in town. This family-friendly trail winds up along the creek through the woods past small alpine meadows. After 2.5 miles, hikers are rewarded with views of magnificent Bear Creek Falls. Those who dare may get close enough to feel cool sprays from the rushing water. Before returning, turn around and take in the grandeur of the surrounding mountains. 

Top-A-Ten

Top-A-Ten

Anxious to get your hike on right from Bear Creek Lodge? You're in luck! A quick jaunt down San Joaquin delivers guests to the Sundance ski run, which doubles as part of the Prospect hiking/biking trail system in the summer. Just follow the path up to the bridge where you can either continue to climb upwards or head west on Teddy's Way. Either choice will bring you to the top of chair 10 where you can revel in the beauty of Gold Hill, Prospect Basin, and Palmyra. Either return the way you began or loop around back to the bridge. 

Judd Weibe Trail

Judd Wiebe 

A local favorite, this hike starts on the north end of Aspen Street. The trail begins with a series of switchbacks through aspen and fir forests and after considerable elevation gain, deposits hikers at a ledge perched perfectly above the town. Stop to take in the sweeping vistas from Ajax and Bridal Veil Falls across the ski resort to the airport. Continue upward through tall grass and stop again to gaze out at the spectacular valley. From here, the trail descends through more forest, across a creek and ultimately connects to Tomboy Road and back down to Aspen Street in town. Considered a must-do hike, visitors can get a feel for the entire area yet stay close to town. A frosty beverage is most welcome after this hike!

Hope Lake near Telluride

Hope Lake

If you have never seen a high alpine lake, then this hike is an absolute must while visiting Telluride. Head south on CO-145 out of Mountain Village for 12 miles and turn left at Trout Lake. Proceed another two miles up to the Hope Lake trailhead. This quintessential hike starts in a heavily wooded area and includes a few stream crossings, so be prepared to get your feet wet. As the trail winds up above treeline, hikers are greeted by a kaleidoscope of color in July and August. Wildflowers like Indian Paintbrush, Fireweed, Larkspur, Beardtongue and King's Crown cover the mountainside before the trail summits at beautiful Hope Lake. Feel free to walk in either direction to get the full view of the lake and surrounding mountains. Pack a picnic and have lunch before heading back down.