• Whipple Mountain Trail Telluride Colorado
    • Whipple Mountain Trail Telluride Colorado

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Whipple Mountain Trail

Whipple Mountain Trail

This 7.2 mile hike is accessable via two trailheads- a Western trailhead (Upper Whipple) featuring a 1000 feet gain in elevation, and an Eastern trailhead (Lower Whipple) near Deep Creek road with an elevation gain of 2,900 feet. If you like downhill hikes you should consider heading West to East.  If downhill hiking is bad on your knees you should head East to West.

From the Westward trailhead parking area this hike climbs gradually to the East through the Mount Sneffels Wilderness and offers outstanding views of Mt Wilson and the La Salle mounain range in Utah.  After about a 3/4 mile hike uphill it decends into the West Fork of Deep Creek.  The trail continues through thick Aspen groves near avalanche slide paths to the north.  For this reason we do not recommend this hike during the winter.  Eventually it drops into a large meadow and meets up with Deep Creek Trail (#418).  Descending on Deep Creek Trail leads to a junction for Iron Mountain Road where you continue hiking uphill for a short distance.  Continuing on Deep Creek trail makes its way towards Telluride and finishes at the Last Dollar Road Eastern trailhead.   

 

Getting there: From Telluride, travel approx. 3.5 miles west on State Hwy 145, turn right (north) onto the Last Dollar Road, Forest Road #638. Proceed for approx. 5.5 miles north on #638, past the airport and through the Greyhead subdivision, to the Whipple Trailhead. Look for the trailhead sign on the east side of Forest Road #638. Road #638 is extremely slippery when wet. High clearance, four wheel drive vehicles are recommended.

 

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