Bear Creek Trail

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Bear Creek Trail is a 4.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Telluride, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1092 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

rock climbing

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

rocky

snow

Bear Creek Trail is one of the most popular hiking and biking trails in Uncompahgre National Forest. The trailhead is located at the end of South Pine Street in downtown Telluride and leads to a scenic viewpoint of the 80-foot upper Bear Creek Falls at just over 1000 feet in elevation. Hikers can continue up the rugged cliffs of Bear Creek canyon on the Wasatch Trail. This mellow mountain trail winds its way through the 325-acre Bear Creek Preserve full of aspen and pine groves. Bear Creek is a public open space preserved by The San Miguel Conservation Foundation, in partnership with the town of Telluride, Colorado. Parking is available at the Mountain Village and a free gondola brings visitors to downtown Telluride. Summer visitors drawn to the natural beauty of Colorado Parks might also be interested in nearby Lizard Head Wilderness Area and Mount Sneffels Wilderness Areas.

hiking
8 days ago

This trail kicked my butt! It is uphill all the way which makes for a beautiful view...and an easy down hike. It had 6" of snow and the trail at the top is actually before the big square rock (per the local that was there). Straight up to your right...hardest part of the climb! I fell 4 times just in this 100' climb area.

hiking
27 days ago

Steep hike! We did this hike both in December 2016 in three feet of fresh snow and again this December 2017 with no snow and both versions were tough! The entire hike is uphill.

When we did the hike during a fresh winter storm, we made it to the end but the falls were not very visible with all the snow. Doing the hike this winter without snow was MUCH better, not just because it wasn't as exhausting, but because we were actually able to see the falls at the end. Lots of icy patches on the trail and microspikes are highly recommended rather than going off trail and unnecessarily destroying more of the trail.

Both times we lost track of the trail at the very end. When you reach the big square rock (when the falls start to become visible) you need to go right (uphill) near that rock. We went left past that rock and that trail does NOT lead to the falls.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail is relatively hard, but well worth the hike. The views from the waterfall are absolutely stunning!

2 months ago

Great view at the end, in mid October the falls were frozen over but the path was dry. Only one or two patches of ice that were very avoidable.

3 months ago

Beautiful hike.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike with a great reward at the end.

3 months ago

Great hike for a nice mix of flat and steep spots. Icy trail towards the top (late September). Waterfall at the top was worth all of the slipping and sliding :)

hiking
3 months ago

Really convenient hike that leaves right from town. Tons of people on the trail but the trail had really great views. Basically 2 miles straight up hill but its shade covered most of the way. Make sure not to stop at the opening, the trail goes right up next to the waterfall.

backpacking
3 months ago

Great views. lots of fun.

3 months ago

Beautiful, easy for non altitude hikers, just take your time and plan a picnic at the falls!!!

4 months ago

We'll be going back to try again! Unfortunately it started raining when we were about half way up. Would have kept going but it was a downpour. Nice and shady, gradual incline.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful waterfall at the top. Trail was nice and shady most of the way. Great weather right now to do this hike. Lots of people on the trail. Lots of dogs off leash.

hiking
4 months ago

Fabulous hike of about two and a half hours. Mostly uphill but shouldn't be a problem for anyone in reasonable shape.

hiking
5 months ago

Nice long hike that has a lot of cool adventures along the way up! The rock stack clearing was a very nice surprise , and at the top the waterfall and view is much more than worth the consistent incline.

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike. Gorgeous views once you get near the top. Especially at the very top. Pretty gradual incline so not too bad but may get your heart racing quite a bit if you're from sea level.

5 months ago

Beautiful hike with waterfall at thre end!

hiking
5 months ago

Great waterfall at the end. Good exercise.

hiking
5 months ago

Gorgeous, but be prepared for traffic and lots of off-leash dogs. Wildflowers are fantastic!

hiking
5 months ago

Wide, gentle trail most of the way up (plenty of kids on the trail), great falls, and pretty up and back.

hiking
5 months ago

Added to our list of favorite hikes in Colorado. This beautiful hike takes you on a pretty easy incline up through the lush forest partly alongside water on the way to a fantastic and powerful waterfall. The hike is framed by aspens and pines up to rocks that get lost in the fog it was awesome. The falls are absolutely incredible up close and boost you with a sense of rejuvenation, happiness, and appreciation of nature. Would DEFINITELY do this hike again. Got pretty busy on the trail later in the morning so go early to have the falls more to yourself. Wubalubadubdub!!

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