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Bridal Veil Falls to Silver Lake is a 2.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Telluride, Colorado that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, bird watching, and fishing and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.9 mi Elevation gain 1,466 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Camping Fishing Hiking Bird watching Lake River Views Wild flowers Wildlife Over grown Scramble
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Jorie Skutas
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HikingScramble

Steep and at times hard to follow hike but beautiful and quiet lake at the top. If you look ahead you can find the trail pretty easy if you lose it. Little bit of a scramble but nothing to bad. You can fish and swim in the lake but the water is cold.

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Kevin D
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Hiking

Trail not well marked so be careful not to go off path like we did. Beautiful lake at the top but very strenuous if you start at the bottom parking lot.

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Kristi Crawford
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HikingGreat!

Really REALLY steep hike, take your time and you’ll be fine. The challenge plus it being the less obvious route (compared to blue lake) gives you the advantage of less people on the trail which is nice. Can fish at silver lake. Or swim :) not much shade on the trail whatsoever. Good trail for people who want a challenge.

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Josh o
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Pretty much scaling a rock wall at some points in the trail. We didn’t make it to the top as it was to much for our group. Experienced climbers only on this one! But the views were amazing

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Leah Bayston
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HikingOff trailOver grownRockyScramble

Read the other reviews for helpful tips, but DON’T GO LEFT for the “longer, less steep” route. The path disappears completely for over 1.5 miles. We went up the clearer path (the path to the “right”) that is supposed to be steeper but shorter path on our way to the lake. We made it to the beautiful lake, and we were the only ones on the trail all day! However, on the way down, we followed our downloaded AllTrails map to try to go the longer way, but about 0.25 miles after the split, the trail disappeared. We ended up having to carve our own path about 2 miles down around really challenging cliffs (even though it said we were along the AllTrails path). It was a beautiful hike, just stay right at the first fork.

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Thanks for the review, Leah! We have updated the route accordingly. Still see something wrong? Please write us at support@alltrails.com!

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Kendall Pace
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HikingRockyScramble

Great but steep, sometimes hard to find trail. Poles would have been nice on the way down. But it has it all: crossing a river to start, two meadows, forest, and of course, ending at a lake! Look for worn rocks covered in mud if you can’t determine where path goes. Enjoy the less traveled trail!

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Carol White
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HikingRockyScramble

This is the new trail to Bridal Veil Falls. That trail is moderate - mostly shaded and a water crossing. Up the falls is a nice hike and the falls are spectacular! Then you take a switchback road to get up to the top of the falls and to the trail to Silver Lake. Bring hiking poles - this trail is difficult - mostly a steep incline up to the lake, but the trail has it all!! Falls, meadows, wildflowers, river crossings, and the grand reveal of the lake! Hard but really great!!

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Sharon Walker
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Hiking

Stay right if you want to climb a little more and go less distance when given an option on the path. Right equals steep, shorter and fun! Left is a bit longer with more switchbacks.

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David Jacobson
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Andrew Suda
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Hiking

Starting from the bottom of the mountain, this is 8 miles round trip. Beautiful hike. Scrambling wasn’t so bad. Enjoy the view and swim at the lake on top!

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Tricia Harkless
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HikingRocky

This trail was difficult but so incredibly beautiful! Amazing views and an untouched lake at the top. The climb is strenuous with a 1500 ft elevation gain from the top of the falls. There are parts where you will have to scramble up rocks and there is loose rock, too. However, so beautiful. Also, it was about 1.9 miles from the top of the falls to the lake.

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Jessica Easter
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Hiking

The trail is still pretty packed with snow, so we didn’t make it to the lake. Still enjoyed the beautiful views, though! Either bring some snow shoes or wait a few weeks for the snow to melt.

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Michael Smith
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Hiking

Agree with Joe S. I also live at sea level and really appreciated this steep hike that didn't require a full day to complete. Starting late at 12:30 PM, I finished before 4 PM and had time to also hike to lower Blue Lake afterwards, which made for a super day. My total mileage for both hikes all together was just under 10 miles and it took me just over six hours for both. Signs say 1.9 miles to silver from the power plant and I agree but did not track it perfectly. I parked one switchback shy of the power station and it took me just over three hours to complete the hike. I had poles and yaktraks, both of which were very helpful as there was soft snow to contend with in steep terrain. As another reviewer noted, after the creek crossing there are several places where the trail is a bit sketchy, but going straight up pretty much handles any of those concerns. I am inclined to agree with the hard overall rating, though I haven't tried it in dry, snow-free conditions. I did a tad bit of fun scrambling that wasn't quite on the map and that might have cost me about 15 minutes. Full star rating.

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Tom Calo
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HikingOver grownRockyScramble

This was a very strenuous but rewarding hike. We took a very athletic group and can all confirm the hard rating is legit; this one is super steep. It took us just under an hour to get to the top. There are a few sections where it is unclear on which way to go, but if you just choose the route that leads straight up, you'll be headed the right way. The views from the top are awesome, but I think I prefer the hike to Blue Lake over this one. Unlike Blue Lake though, there was practically no one on this trail but us.

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Emily Hyson
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Hiking

Hiked on Friday 9/6. Once you leave bridal veil falls trail, this trail is STEEP. It also felt more like a herd path at times as opposed to a maintained trail, especially towards the bottom. There were beautiful wildflowers and views most of the way up, and although it was a hard hike, it only took about an hour to get to the top. I also only saw one other group up there - seems like blue lake is more popular. The lake and views from the top are stunning though. I would definitely recommend!

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Brian Moltz
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HikingRockyScramble

steep and beautiful

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Taylor Evans
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HikingOver grownRockyScramble
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Nicole Podpirka
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HikingScramble

This trail is 1.7ish miles up, gaining 100 feet each tenth of a mile. It is definitely a hard hike (I am a 27 year old athletic female and it was one of the hardest I have done.) I liked the physical challenge, though. Note that the trail is poorly marked and overgrown (slim trail with scrambling and cautious footings at times.) You must cross a small river in the beginning. The river is about 8 feet wide, not bad. We took off our shoes and socks and crossed. The lake and views at the top are definitely worth it. There are even rainbow trout in the lake! Note: to get to the trail head, you can hike a 4-5ish mile dirt/rock road or drive it. Must have a high clearance, 4WD vehicle if driving. Overall, I would recommend if you are in shape and looking for a challenging hike!

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Caitlin Isabel
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HikingOff trailOver grown

Besides having to cross through the river at the beginning and the difficulty finding the correct path it truly is a beautiful hike! Views throughout the whole hike and a gorgeous lake you can swim in at the top. Still had some light snow at the top - nothing unmanageable.

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