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September 20th, 2017

Telluride Fall Hikes

Fall in Love with Telluride's Fall Colors

Fall is a special time of year to visit Telluride and the surrounding areas. The mountainsides are aflame with golden aspen trees, the summer heat has dissipated, and the smell of snow is in the air. Many of the same hiking trails that you enjoyed in the summer are equally as beautiful in Fall. Due to Telluride's unique location, many great hikes start right from town. The following is a list of recommended hikes in Telluride and the surrounding area. 


Ajax Peak

Distance: 2.5 mi. one-way

Elevation Gain: 2,785 feet

Difficulty: Difficult


Bear Creek Canyon

This area is a 325-acre mountain canyon that has been preserved forever by the town's Telluride Land Trust. This precious parcel, with its stunning scenery and cascading waterfall is now protected from development and is preserved for the enjoyment of the public. 

Distance: 2.5 mi. one way

Elevation: 1,050 feet

Difficulty: Easy to moderate


Bridal Veil Falls

Bridal Veil Falls can only be seen from the far east end of the canyon, or from one of the trails on the north side of town. These falls drop an impressive 365 feet, the tallest free-falling waterall in Colorado. 

Distance: 2.2 mi. one way to top of falls

Elevation: 1,650

Difficulty: Moderate to difficult


Cornet Falls

Distance: 1/4 mi. round-trip

Difficulty: Easy to moderate

Eider Creek

Distance: 1.6 mi. 

Difficulty: Moderate


Hope Lake

Distance: 7 mi. round trip

Difficulty: Moderate, but high altitude


Jud Wiebe Trail

Distance: 2.7 mi. loop

Elevation Gain: 1,150 feet

Difficulty: Moderate to difficult


Liberty Bell

Distance: 8 mi. round-trip

Elevation Gain: 3,620 ft.

Difficulty: Difficult

Access: Jud Wiebe Trailhead


Navajo Lake

Distance: 5 mi. to the lake

Elevation Gain: 1,714 ft

Difficulty: Moderate to difficult


San Miguel River Trail

Families with young children or anyone who might enjoy a peaceful and relatively flat trail may wish to try the San Miguel River Trail which now stretches from the Valley Floor on the west along the river through Telluride and out to the Idarado Legacy trail on the east side of town.


Woods Lake 

Distance: 4 mi.

Difficulty: Moderate


Don't forget to ride the free gondola to take in the ski resort in the Fall season! 

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