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Hiking & Climbing

The San Juan Mountains surrounding Telluride are the perfect setting for your alpine vacation. Wildflowers are at their height beginning in early July. Year-round mountaineering, trekking, and climbing schools provide backcountry and technical skills for outdoor enthusiasts of all levels. And there are hiking trails of every difficulty from town and more options just a short drive from downtown Telluride.

Remember to always arm yourself with plenty of water, snacks and a good raincoat. Even the sunniest mornings can turn into stormy afternoons, so venture out prepared into the San Juan Mountain backcountry!


Ajax Peak

Hike Ajax Peak

Peak climb with panoramic views of Telluride, Bridal Veil Basin, Imogene Pass, Silver Lake, and beyond.

E. Colorado Avenue
Telluride,  Colorado  81435
United States

Ballard Mountain

Hike Ballard Mountain

Strenuous hike high into the San Juan Mountain backcountry.

S. Pine Street
Telluride,  Colorado  81435
United States

Bear Creek Falls

Hike Bear Creek

Accessed right from downtown Telluride, ends at a gorgeous waterfall.

S. Pine Street
Telluride,  Colorado  81435
United States

Blue Lake

Hike Blue Lake

High alpine lake hike through the historic mining countryside.

E. Colorado Avenue
Telluride,  Colorado  81435
United States

Bridal Veil Falls

Bridal Veil Falls

Tallest free falling waterfall in the state of Colorado.

East Colorado Avenue
Telluride,  Colorado  81435
United States

Cornet Creek Falls

Cornet Creek Falls

Short hike to an 80-foot waterfall.

North Aspen Street
Telluride,  Colorado  81435
United States

Deep Creek Trail

Bike or Run on Deep Creek

Easy to Moderate trail that connects the airport to Telluride

Telluride,  Colorado  81435
United States

Eider Creek

Hike Eider Creek

Moderate hike with access to the Deep Creek Trail.

Mill Creek Road
Telluride,  Colorado  81435
United States

Hiking Guide

Recommended Hikes and Highlights

The San Juan Mountains are a beautiful place to hike during the summer, and Telluride is the ideal place to base your mountain vacation.

Telluride,  Colorado  81435
United States

Hope Lake

Hike Hope Lake

Beautiful alpine lake above Trout Lake and neighboring 13,752 foot San Miguel Peak.

Trout Lake,  Colorado  81426
United States
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