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greenBlue Bear Creek Falls

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Trail

4.7 mile 7.5 kilometer loop
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,076' 328 m
Descent: -1,076' -328 m
High: 9,888' 3,014 m
Low: 8,812' 2,686 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)

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Trail shared by Trisha Cofield

This quick route gives a true taste of Telluride and it's breathtaking landscapes.

Trisha Cofield

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly Absolutely great for families.

Overview

This trail is a great, gradually climbing hike up to the beautiful Bear Creek Falls. It provides access to numerous other trails, including Ballard Mountain, La Junta Basin, Wasatch Trail #508, and Gold Hill, among others.

Description

The trailhead is located at the far south end of Pine Street. The paved road ends and the trail begins. This out and back route meanders through aspens, then opens to gain views of Ballard and other surrounding peaks. You can access the Wasatch Trail from the Bear Creek Trail. This trail is popular and well-rounded for many different fitness levels, and has plenty of rewarding views. You can catch views of Bear Creek Falls from a huge, very prominent boulder found not far from the trail.

From the viewpoint, you can continue on to get and up close and personal look at the falls. The trail does become narrow and more singletrack upon the approach towards the big boulder. Round trip, it could take anywhere between 1-2 hours.

Be mindful that this trail is open to cyclists.

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Jul 15, 2019
Michael Holland
4.7mi
Jun 28, 2019
Jerry Weiss
5mi
Jun 26, 2019
dan kopec
Sep 15, 2018
Amy Nguyen
Sep 5, 2018
Bill Davison
Intermittent rain but beautiful hike 5mi
Aug 25, 2018
Anna Allen
First Hike in Telluride 5.4mi
Aug 22, 2018
Scott Hooper
Jul 26, 2018
Adam Lungren

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  4.6 from 33 votes

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