Bear Creek Trail

MODERATE 185 reviews
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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
1167 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

camping

fly fishing

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

horseback riding

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.

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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.

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Beautiful hike.

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Great hike with a great reward at the end.

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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 :)

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1 month 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.