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Sneffels Highline Trail #434

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 4.8 (4)

This dynamic trail provides a great elevation gain with sweeping views.


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Map Key

8.0

Miles

12.9

KM

Point to Point

12,257' 3,736 m

High

9,645' 2,940 m

Low

2,901' 884 m

Up

1,939' 591 m

Down

11%

Avg Grade (7°)

49%

Max Grade (26°)

Dogs Unknown

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

Description

This trail is one of the most challenging and rewarding day hikes in the Telluride area. From the junction with the Jud Wiebe Trail and the Mill Creek Waterline Trail take a right onto the Mt. Sneffles Highline Trail and start your steady climb up to the high country. Be sure to start early to avoid afternoon thunderstorms in the summer.

The trail travels through the Mount Sneffels Wilderness and most of the trail is above treeline. It passes by old cabin ruins, mines, and streams giving you plenty to see and explore along the way. Depending on the time of year, the wildflowers are lovely. At the higher altitudes you may see marmots. In the fall, the views highlighted by the changing aspens are beautiful.

After about 3.5 miles of climbing the trails skirts the base of Mt Emma, and starts an equally steady descent for the next two miles. Around 6 miles, the trail will level out and have some undulating terrain before beginning a final descent back to a junction with the Deep Creek Trail #418.

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Trisha Cofield

Trail Ratings

  4.8 from 4 votes

#3

in Telluride

#5691

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#3

in Telluride

#405

in Colorado

#5,691

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Snow condition on July 28, 2019 -- OK to hike on.
Jul 29, 2019 near Telluride, CO

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Jul 11, 2020
Marc Corona
Oct 4, 2019
Niko Kovacevic
Jul 28, 2019
Zhiyue Lu
Pretty good condition, just expect some patches of snows to walk on (10-20min time on snow) near the basin.
Jul 11, 2018
Lyn Lewis
Jun 30, 2017
Natalia Razgoniaeva
10.7mi