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Keystone Gorge Loop Trail is a 2.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Telluride, Colorado that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options.

Length 2.2 mi Elevation gain 508 ft Route type Loop

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

No dogs

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Note: Bikes are not allowed on this trail.

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Reviews (106)
Photos (86)
Recordings (83)
Completed (123)
Nicki Hubbard
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Hiking

Very crowded for a Monday hike

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Tomer Saban
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Hiking

awesome trail. did it with 5 and 9 years old. I suggest to cross th first bridge yovth othe side and do this route fist as part of the loop trail.

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Kara D
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Hiking

fun trail. Some climbs, but nothing too strenuous

John Crean
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HikingMuddyRocky

Narrow, steep and rocky trail. Beautiful views and rushing water. Did it with 7yr, 4yr and 1yr old. Carried both younger ones....Maybe a bit ambitious for kids.

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Wendi Thacker
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Hiking

Pretty river. Nice sitting spots. Definitely do it clockwise. Going counterclockwise makes the end climb really tough.

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Cristina Díaz
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HikingBugsRocky

No dogs allowed or bicycles. wear hiking shoes, bring water, hiking poles if you have them. Some parts are steep and some narrow. Beautiful views, nice water sound, not very busy, super close to Telluride. about 2.8 miles we did less than 2 hours going slow and taking pictures.

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Teresa Auteri
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Michelle Stolte
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Hiking

Great trail - more off the beaten path that the galloping goose it starts on. The river is pretty impressive up close and enjoyed going clockwise. Some decent uphill and downhill and relatively narrow trail but plenty of places to rest or take in the view!

Elena McGinnis
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Hiking

Clockwise is a great!

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Franco Castro-Marin
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Hiking

Don’t be discouraged as you pull into the parking area and hear all the traffic noise. Just a couple hundred feet in and you will be experiencing a gorgeous mountain hike. Incredible river views if you do the north section heading west first. Cool mining artifacts along the way. About 70% shaded. Picnic tables at the far end of the loop are great for lunch or snack. Suitable for kids too.

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Steve Threm
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Hiking

A really spectacular short hike. We did it with three kids under 7 without issue. Strongly recommend going clockwise!

Ashley Sawchuk
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Hiking

Beautiful

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Gus Backer
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Hiking

Great trail to start the week. Love being near the creek!

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Loleeta P.
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Hiking

Unbelievably pretty! The river just rushes by and the flowers are amazing! Rare to find a trail that follows the river the whole way. Beware, you must wear good hiking or walking shoes. Part of the trail is slippery dirt. Also what goes down must come back up.

Misha S.
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Excellent short hike to do in >2hours. I went really slow taking pictures and then ran the rest of the way. It’s absolutely gorgeous. There are some technical patches (scramble, wet) and some incline that will make you have to catch your breath.

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Michelle Scully
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HikingRocky

Lovely short hike! Did clockwise and would recommend. River view almost entire time.

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Amy Bloom Dake
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Trey Morsbach
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Hiking

Incredible trail especially with high water levels making the San Miguel views amazing. Starting going right on first bridge brings a rocky decent along the river. Mix of narrow trails, stone steps and rocky sections. Coming back from second bridge is steep section leading back up to Galloping Goose flat trail to finish. Overall great moderate hike with beautiful views.

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Jen A
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HikingRocky

Trail head starts off of galloping goose, which is sort of a utility line trail. The Keystone essentially travels along the gorge/river on both sides (2 bridges to cross). Most of the trail is primitive. Views are mostly of the rushing water and tree cover. It’s not heavily travelled and is quite steep and rocky is some places. There are a couple nice views at the higher elevations. All in all, an okay, shorter trail.

Libby Liberty
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Hiking

I think this trail is also called Galloping Goose. I went downstream, which was pretty with the aspens — and then came back upstream in the boulders and pines. Didn’t see any animals, but evidence of elk or deer. Truth: I was thinking it would be a nice little easy thing .. I had to stop quite a few times and catch my breath coming back. The cool breeze off the rapids and shade helped. You are by the creek almost the entire time. Sun and shade is about 30/70. Loved it ! And really good if you are looking for an hour plus workout, outside.

Eva Albert
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Hiking

Very nice hike. Deer and beautiful river with heavy flow. Crossing the bridges was my favorite part.

Nicole Pederson
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Hiking

The rapids were fantastic due to the snowmelt. Perfect to take our kids (5,10,12) on

Kris Hodges
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Hiking

Wonderful hike with incredible views of the river. Water was high and rushing because of all the snow runoff. North section of the trail has some relatively steep sections with loose rock. Made it slow and tricky for 7 and 8 year old kids.

Sandia Stevenson
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beautiful hike. one whole side of the loop runs riverside, and the other thru beautiful Aspen groves. lots of access to the water. signs list the trail as 3 miles round trip.

Kate Greubel
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Walking
First to Review

Beautiful views of the San Miguel River throughout the hike. I’d guess kiddos, especially boys between 8-14, would enjoy climbing the rocks and boulders along and across the river. Trail doesn’t allow dogs, so recommends for folks with allergies.

Trey Graham
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Peter Rother
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Jennifer Perone
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