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1,119 mi 1,801 km of trail 19 Featured Hikes

Gems 2 Gems Easy Trails 121 Trails Intermediate Trails 117 Trails Hard Trails 68 Trails
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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

(12) Telluride, CO
gem Favorite Telluride Box Canyon (westward view).

Bridal Veil Falls

(4) Telluride, CO

Featured Hikes in Uncompahgre National Forest - 16

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Favorite Bear Creek Falls
Easy/Intermediate

Bear Creek Falls

4.7 mi 7.5 km • Loop • 1,076 ft Ascent 328.04 m Ascent

(36) 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 • Loop • 2,431 ft Ascent 741.11 m Ascent

(26) 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 • Out and Back • 4,215 ft Ascent 1284.64 m Ascent

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

Wetterhorn Peak

6.5 mi 10.5 km • Out and Back • 2,847 ft Ascent 867.63 m Ascent

(6) Lake City, CO
Favorite Taking in the views of the jagged peaks on Pinnacle Ridge.
Intermediate/Difficult

Middle Fork #227 and East Fork #228 Loop

23.3 mi 37.6 km • Loop • 3,701 ft Ascent 1128.18 m Ascent

(1) Ridgway, 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.
Extremely Difficult

Wetterhorn and Uncompahgre

16.4 mi 26.4 km • Loop • 5,569 ft Ascent 1697.32 m Ascent

(4) Lake City, CO
Favorite Wildflowers blanket the mountainside.
Intermediate/Difficult

Bridge of Heaven via the "New" Horsethief Trail

8.1 mi 13.1 km • Out and Back • 2,856 ft Ascent 870.55 m Ascent

(5) Ouray, CO
Favorite Trailhead at top of Aspen Street.
Intermediate/Difficult

Jud Weibe Loop

3.3 mi 5.3 km • Loop • 1,194 ft Ascent 363.82 m Ascent

(13) Telluride, CO

Trails in Uncompahgre National Forest - 287

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7.6 mi 12.2 km #1Blue Lakes Trail
Intermediate
Telluride, CO
Intermediate
7.6 mi 12.2 km Telluride, CO 24 
0.5 mi 0.7 km #2Southwest Ridge of Mount Sneffels
Extremely Difficult
Telluride, CO
Extremely Difficult
0.5 mi 0.7 km Telluride, CO
4.3 mi 6.9 km #3Bear Creek National Recreation Trail #241
Intermediate
Ouray, CO
Intermediate
4.3 mi 6.9 km Ouray, CO
3.8 mi 6.1 km #4Uncompahgre Peak Trail #239
Intermediate/Difficult
Lake City, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
3.8 mi 6.1 km Lake City, CO
1.7 mi 2.8 km #5Wetterhorn Peak Trail #9256
Extremely Difficult
Lake City, CO
Extremely Difficult
1.7 mi 2.8 km Lake City, CO
3.2 mi 5.1 km #6Hope Lake Trail
Intermediate
Mountain Village, CO
Intermediate
3.2 mi 5.1 km Mountain Village, CO
7.4 mi 11.9 km #7Middle Fork #227
Intermediate
Ridgway, CO
Intermediate
7.4 mi 11.9 km Ridgway, CO
1.0 mi 1.6 km #8Silver Lake Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Telluride, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
1.0 mi 1.6 km Telluride, CO
1.0 mi 1.5 km #9Lewis Lake and Mine
Intermediate
Telluride, CO
Intermediate
1.0 mi 1.5 km Telluride, CO
1.7 mi 2.7 km #10Wasatch Connection Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Telluride, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
1.7 mi 2.7 km Telluride, CO
11.3 mi 18.1 km #11East Fork #228
Intermediate
Lake City, CO
Intermediate
11.3 mi 18.1 km Lake City, CO
0.9 mi 1.5 km #12Courthouse Mountain Trail #144
Intermediate/Difficult
Ridgway, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
0.9 mi 1.5 km Ridgway, CO
6.9 mi 11.1 km #13Larson Lakes Trail
Intermediate
Lake City, CO
Intermediate
6.9 mi 11.1 km Lake City, CO
5.2 mi 8.4 km #14Blue Creek Trail #620
Intermediate/Difficult
Gateway, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
5.2 mi 8.4 km Gateway, CO
4.4 mi 7.1 km #15El Paso Creek Trail #9238
Intermediate/Difficult
Lake City, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
4.4 mi 7.1 km Lake City, CO
4.8 mi 7.8 km #16Perimeter Trail
Intermediate
Ouray, CO
Intermediate
4.8 mi 7.8 km Ouray, CO 15 
0.2 mi 0.3 km #17Cornet Falls
Intermediate
Telluride, CO
Intermediate
0.2 mi 0.3 km Telluride, CO
0.7 mi 1.2 km #18Wilson Traverse
Extremely Difficult
Rico, CO
Extremely Difficult
0.7 mi 1.2 km Rico, CO
2.3 mi 3.6 km #19Upper Cascade Falls Trail #213
Difficult
Ouray, CO
Difficult
2.3 mi 3.6 km Ouray, CO
2.8 mi 4.5 km #20Jud Wiebe Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Telluride, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
2.8 mi 4.5 km Telluride, CO

Photos of Uncompahgre National Forest - 230

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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
Field of columbines.
Jul 25, 2016 near Telluride, CO
The trail draws back into another heavily wooded patch.
May 12, 2017 near Ouray, 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
Doesnt get much prettier than this
Aug 12, 2019 near Ouray, CO

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