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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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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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Oct 12, 2019
Daylene York
4.8mi
Sep 30, 2019
Cat Evans
5mi — 2h 00m
Sep 10, 2019
Jason Berling
Aug 29, 2019
Anthony Ianni
Had the trail to ourselves most of the way. Easy ascent and descent. Don't forget to turn around and look behind you. The views are worth it. 5.2mi
Aug 14, 2019
Christian G
Nice wide trail for most. Got narrower at the end. Gradual incline.
Aug 2, 2019
Derek Kreunen
Jul 31, 2019
Jesse Fink
4.7mi
Jul 28, 2019
Chris Kops
4.7mi — 2h 00m

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  4.6 from 37 votes

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Bear Creek Falls
Aug 13, 2018 near Telluride, CO
The start of the trail
Jun 6, 2018 near Telluride, CO
Beautiful view returning from the falls
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

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