while this wasn't the most exciting hike I've ever done, I give it 5 stars because it was easily accessible and I enjoyed the change in scenery.
if you park a few blocks up Aspen st you don't have to pay for parking.
the trail switches through the woods and peaks over town with great views. then it descends into the woods and ends a couple blocks up from where the trail started (you'll have to walk back to your parked car)
Great hike! Beautiful scenery and views.! Recommend starting on left side. Steep inclines for first third mile, but then easier to finish. Aspen, Fir, valley views, meadows and multiple streams. Has it all. Saw 4-5 other hikers.
We were told it's a locals favorite. Not easy though, so be sure you're in shape and acclimated. Good luck!
Susan R. on Jud Wiebe Memorial Trail
Excellent steady up hill and downhill. Two streams for dogs to drink on east side of loop.
Nice and sunny! Did this hike November 24th, 1 week after Telluride has 3' of snow. The trail was packed down in some places and sloppy muddy in some. LOTS of snow on the east side of trail. I suggest hiking it clockwise. Started from Hotel Telluride and ended up at 4 miles. Take water, enjoy the views at the top. Aspen trees are gorgeous
This trail is not marked at the trailhead but if you take the right fork at the wye (there is a trail marker for the Piedra River Trail) you'll go up into the forest. At jus less than one mile, you come to the ice fissures which are interesting but if you hike to the trail's end at 1.6 miles, you have awesome views of the river valley below. Sit awhile and enjoy. Not a difficult trail and not too long so do some more hiking on the lower Piedra River Trail for more miles and great scenery.