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Gems in Uncompahgre National Forest - 2

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gem Favorite The bold colors of Lower Blue Lake.

Blue Lakes

(17) Telluride, CO
gem Favorite Bridal Veil Falls

Bridal Veil Falls

(4) Telluride, CO

Recommended Routes in Uncompahgre National Forest - 16

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Favorite Beautiful view returning from the falls
Intermediate

Bear Creek Falls

4.7 mi 7.5 km 1,076' Up 328.04 m Up 1,076' Down 327.82 m Down

Telluride, CO
Favorite Hikers descending the gully, not far from the summit. The 13,500 ft saddle can be seen in the distance.
Difficult

Mt. Sneffels

5.0 mi 8.0 km 2,431' Up 741.11 m Up 2,430' Down 740.72 m Down

Ouray, CO
Favorite Wildflowers blanket the mountainside.
Intermediate/Difficult

Bridge of Heaven via the "New" Horsethief Trail

8.1 mi 13.1 km 2,856' Up 870.55 m Up 2,856' Down 870.42 m Down

Ouray, CO
Favorite The trail up Uncompahgre Peak. The summit is visible to the right; your goal is to hike to the left of this massif before traversing behind it to the top.
Intermediate/Difficult

Uncompahgre Peak

13.8 mi 22.2 km 4,215' Up 1284.64 m Up 4,214' Down 1284.46 m Down

Lake City, CO
Favorite Somebody's been feeding this guy! A curious marmot in the basin below Wetterhorn.
Difficult

Wetterhorn Peak

6.5 mi 10.5 km 2,847' Up 867.63 m Up 2,846' Down 867.42 m Down

Lake City, CO
Favorite Taking in the views of the jagged peaks on Pinnacle Ridge.
Difficult

Middle Fork #227 and East Fork #228 Loop

23.3 mi 37.6 km 3,701' Up 1128.18 m Up 3,690' Down 1124.62 m Down

Ridgway, CO
Favorite Trailhead at top of Aspen Street.
Intermediate/Difficult

Jud Weibe Loop

3.3 mi 5.3 km 1,194' Up 363.82 m Up 1,223' Down 372.81 m Down

Telluride, CO
Favorite The trail up Uncompahgre Peak. The summit is visible to the right; your goal is to hike to the left of this massif before traversing behind it to the top.
Very Difficult

Wetterhorn and Uncompahgre

16.4 mi 26.4 km 5,569' Up 1697.32 m Up 5,567' Down 1696.94 m Down

Lake City, CO
Favorite The foliage grows thick in the heat of summer.
Intermediate/Difficult

Sutton Mine Trail to the Neosho Mine

4.2 mi 6.7 km 1,124' Up 342.62 m Up 1,123' Down 342.44 m Down

Ouray, CO

Uncompahgre National Forest Hiking

  • 1,424 Miles 2,292 Kilometers of Trail
  • 24 Recommended Routes
  • 2 Gems Gems
  • 71 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 146 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 97 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Uncompahgre National Forest - 290

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7.6 mi 12.2 km #1Blue Lakes Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Telluride, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Telluride, CO 36 
4.8 mi 7.8 km #2Perimeter Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Ouray, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Ouray, CO 27 
3.2 mi 5.1 km #3Hope Lake Trail
Intermediate
Mountain Village, CO
Intermediate
Mountain Village, CO
3.8 mi 6.1 km #4Uncompahgre Peak Trail #239
Difficult
Lake City, CO
Difficult
Lake City, CO
4.3 mi 6.9 km #5Bear Creek National Recreation Trail #241
Intermediate/Difficult
Ouray, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Ouray, CO
0.5 mi 0.7 km #6Southwest Ridge of Mount Sneffels
Very Difficult
Telluride, CO
Very Difficult
Telluride, CO
7.4 mi 11.9 km #7Middle Fork #227
Intermediate/Difficult
Ridgway, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Ridgway, CO
1.0 mi 1.5 km #8Lewis Lake and Mine
Intermediate/Difficult
Telluride, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Telluride, CO
8.0 mi 12.9 km #9Sneffels Highline Trail #434
Difficult
Telluride, CO
Difficult
Telluride, CO
0.2 mi 0.3 km #10Cornet Falls
Intermediate
Telluride, CO
Intermediate
Telluride, CO 11 

Photos of Uncompahgre National Forest - 289

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Middle Blue Lake at sunrise.
Apr 14, 2015 near Telluride, CO
Lower Blue Lake from the Blue Lakes Trail
Apr 14, 2015 near Telluride, CO
The bold colors of Lower Blue Lake.
Dec 14, 2016 near Telluride, CO
Taking in the views of the jagged peaks on Pinnacle Ridge.
Oct 4, 2017 near Ridgway, CO
Hikers descending the gully, not far from the summit. The 13,500 ft saddle can be seen in the distance.
Apr 13, 2015 near Telluride, CO
High exposure and easy climbing high on Sneffels' Southwest Ridge.
Aug 2, 2017 near Telluride, CO
Field of columbines.
Jul 25, 2016 near Telluride, CO
South on #227.  October 11, 2020
Oct 17, 2020 near Ouray, CO