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Bear Creek Falls

Intermediate
 4.6 (45) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

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


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4.7

Miles

7.5

KM

Out and Back

9,888' 3,014 m

High

8,812' 2,686 m

Low

1,076' 328 m

Up

1,076' 328 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs Off-leash

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.

Shared By:

Trisha Cofield with improvements by Cathy Knight

Trail Ratings

  4.6 from 45 votes

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in Telluride

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Photos

Beautiful view returning from the falls
Jun 6, 2018 near Telluride, CO
The start of the trail
Jun 6, 2018 near Telluride, CO
Approaching the falls
Jun 6, 2018 near Telluride, CO
Bear Creek Falls takes on a new beauty in the wintertime.
Mar 26, 2017 near Telluride, CO
Bear Creek Falls
Jun 6, 2018 near Telluride, CO
Bear Creek Falls.
Aug 29, 2019 near Telluride, CO

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Jul 16, 2021
Shari Pederson
Jul 12, 2021
Mike Tozier
Jul 10, 2021
Aaron Fensterheim
Jun 27, 2021
Jessie Sun
2h 40m
May 28, 2021
Mike Loftus
long but easy
Nov 30, 2020
Tyler Caruso
4.7mi — 2h 00m
Nov 19, 2020
Emily B
easy
Oct 17, 2020
Dmitry S