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: 1,092 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

camping

fishing

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

rock climbing

snowshoeing

walking

bird watching

running

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
2 days ago

Awesome waterfall, trail was well maintained and wide. Our dog loved the little streams along the way to drink and walk in.

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4 days ago

Easy and enjoyable with nice views.

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12 days ago

A great trail as usual! Just a little bit of snow at the top close to the falls, but very passable. The fallen tree situation is a lot better than last summer.

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rocky
16 days ago

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27 days ago

I did this trail in the Spring. it was very green and the mountains still had a bit of snow on their peaks and there were many streams flowing down the mountains. Not too hard of a hike, gorgeous views, and a splendid end to the trail with a beautiful waterfall. Highly recommend!

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icy
muddy
5 months ago

Easy trail. nice view of the falls. worth the hike.

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icy
snow
5 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful hike! Great trail conditions.

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snow
7 months ago

Fairly easy hike for such an amazing reward at the end. The hike wasn't too long, but be careful it gets a bit slippery towards the end near the waterfall with the ice. The waterfall is frozen and is absolutely beautiful.

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muddy
snow
7 months ago

Me being from Los Angeles, California, I was definitely winded, took me a few stops to get up there. I found little hawaii too! Right after the right turn, there will be a small meadow to your left. Follow a trail that leads to two logs to cross the river. It's left of a random metal fence that fell into the river. Great hike, very short!

hiking
7 months ago

Fun easy trail to do while visiting Telluride

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7 months ago

Frozen waterfall at the end was amazing

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7 months ago

lovely trail in the fall. Amazing colors. slightly busy by the falls.

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7 months ago

Done this hike twice. Once in the summer and once in the fall. In the fall the waterfall was small but still beautiful!

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7 months ago

Beautiful views the whole way. This hike is easy, very wide, and a piece of cake for kids.

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7 months ago

Great trail, very beautiful, not too tricky but lots and lots of people. The hike to the lower waterfall is easy, gets a little trickier if you venture up to the higher waterfall. Great views.

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7 months ago

I’m a fat lazy guy and I got the the falls. Beautiful. Took about 4 hours round trip though. We stayed at the falls for 45 minutes though to take in the views and the mist.

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7 months ago

Hiked this 9/27. Definitely has some hiker traffic. I prefer quiet however traffic not unexpected. No mountain bikes yeah. We had poles which I recommend especially at the top. Nicely shaded. At the large rock on your left near the top venture out in the creek and you will see the falls and better- the upper falls! I recommend this hike to anyone.

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8 months ago

Lots of people, wide trail with a steady grade all the way up. Pretty waterfall, not the most spectacular but decent. Some aspens along the way and a couple good viewpoints looking back down across the canyon.

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8 months ago

Hiked 9/22/19. Awesome quick hike if you're in Telluride! Easy access from the town (free parking on Sundays, BTW). Steady incline all the way up with amazing views and a waterfall at the end. Definitely think this is doable for the whole family.

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rocky
8 months ago

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8 months ago

Beautiful hike with easy access right in town Relatively easy, nice shade and stunning views

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8 months ago

Trail is in great condition and super convenient if you are staying in telluride!

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8 months ago

Really nice hike right in Telluride! Mostly a road the whole way up. Waterfall is gorgeous!

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rocky
8 months ago

The elevation gain was nice and steady.. had some flats parts where you can catch your breath. Definitely worth it to see the waterfall

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