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Top 5 Hikes in Telluride

Thursday • June 1, 2017

There are nearly 30 hikes in Telluride and we’ve narrowed the list down to the Top 5. From family friendly to all-day adventures there’s a hike for everyone! The best part? They all start from town so there is no need for a car.

Bear Creek Falls

This family-friendly hike is accessible all times of the year. In the summer cruise on up the 2.5 miles until you reach the stunning falls. On your way up you’ll pass many clearings, cross streams, and stumble upon an opening full of cairns along the river. In the winter time the falls freeze into an icy blue spectacle. If you want a real challenge fat bike up to the falls! 

Distance: 2.5 miles one way to the Falls

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Elevation Gain: 1,050 feet

Time: 1 hour and 15 minutes from Trailhead to the Falls at a leisurely pace.

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Jud Weibe

This locals favorite trail is a loop that twists through the aspens and offers an aerial view of the town. Locals will argue what trailhead to start at. Some say start at Tomboy Road if you want an easier incline while others are die-hard Aspen Street starters. Either way, this hike is a weekly (if not daily) staple for Telluride folks throughout the year. Yes, even in winter!

Distance: 3-mile loop

Difficulty: Moderate

Elevation Gain: 1,300 feet

Time: Approx. 2 hours

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Lewis Mine

If abandoned mines and high alpine lakes are up your alley try Lewis Mine. Make sure you go during July or August when the wildflowers peak. You'll enjoy miles of Columbine, Lupine, and Paintbrush flowers plus streams and vistas galore. At the top of the hike, you are rewarded with a preserved 5 story mine. Follow the trail beyond the mill to reach Lewis Lake. If you are feeling even more adventurous there’s an unnamed trail beyond the lake with views of Columbine Lake.

Distance: 8.0 miles roundtrip to Lewis Mine; 8.8 miles roundtrip to Lewis Lake

Difficulty: Challenging

Elevation Gain: 2,038 ft to Lewis Mine; 2,300 ft to Lewis Lake 

Time: 5-6 hours round trip

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Ajax Peak 

Ajax peak awards its hikers with endless views and landmarks throughout the hike. Start at the top of Bridal View falls and climb steeply on the famous Black Bear Pass. You'll pass mine ruins including mining cables overhead. Once at the summit you have a panoramic view of Silver Lake, the Town of Telluride, Imogene Pass, and numerous peaks. You can hike Ajax all summer, but we love this hike in July! 

Distance: 2.5 miles one way

Difficulty: Challenging

Elevation Gain: 2,785 ft

Time: 4-5 hours 

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Sneffels High Line

This 13-mile loop hike is an all-day affair that winds you through aspen trees, fields of wildflowers, and alpine basins. You’ll get unreal views of the southwest including the ski area, Wilson Peak, El Diente, and Lizard Head. This trail sees minimal traffic so at times you’ll have the whole high country to yourself. Locals have their favorite season to hike this trail. If you are a wildflower fan try late summer but we love it in the fall when gold season peaks.

Distance: 13-mile loop

Difficulty: Most Difficult

Elevation Gain: 3520 feet

Time: Full Day

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