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Telluride Via Ferrata is a 3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Telluride, Colorado that offers the chance to see wildlife and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking and rock climbing and is best used from May until October.

Length 3.0 mi Elevation gain 1,243 ft Route type Loop
Hiking Rock climbing Via ferrata Forest Views Wildlife Rocky Scramble
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Please note that this trail can only be hiked one way as of July 2020 due to COVID-19. Via Ferrata, Italian for "Iron Way", is part hike and part rock climb. The route has gained popularity in recent years, but should still only be attempted with a guide and some climbing skills. In addition to normal climbing gear like a harness and helmet (no climbing shoes required), you will need to have a specific harness attachment to allow you to use the cable system. Those who are adventurous enough to take this on will be rewarded with epic views of the valley below, Telluride, Ingram Peak, and Bridal Veil Falls. This is a fairly heavily trafficked trail so be prepared for some crowds. Use an east-to-west route as shown here.

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Alaina Dochylo
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Via ferrataGreat!

Safety first

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Andi Lewis
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Hiking

Very windy.

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Lauren Butterfield
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Hiking

Hire a guide if you're nervous with heights. A LOT of exposed areas and start early to avoid crowds.

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R B
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Kristi Crawford
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Rock climbingGreat!

Omg absolutely amazing and exhilarating- not for the faint of heart! If you are even the least hit scared of heights this is terrifying. You also definitely need some athletic ability to complete the traverse. It’s so stunning and worth every second of adrenaline though!

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Mary Elhardt
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Rock climbingGreat!

Very amazing hike/climb. I hired a guide through San Juan mountain guides and felt safe the entire way! We got some stunning views of the exposed rock climb with the waterfall. This is a must do hike in telluride!

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Drache Bowers
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Rock climbingGreat!

DO NOT ATTEMPT WITHOUT A HARNESS. This is a mostly horizontal ferrata, so you can get away without a true via ferrata lanyard (but you should have 2 dynamic-ish slings to use as tethers). There are areas that are very height exposed and may be hard for people with a fear of heights. We did the ferrata on a nice Sunday, and the area was quite busy. The parking in bridal veil's parking lot was full, but there were plenty of areas you could park with a bit of extra walking. We did not set up the car shuttle and took the bridal vail's fall trail up to the base of the upper falls and then walked one switch back on the road. We passed 3 groups while doing the ferreta, and saw multiple other groups working their way across. In total, it took us ~5 hours at a moderate/slow pace.

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Mary Wallace
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Hiking

Amazing!!!

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Elisabeth Mazarakis
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Hiking

Loved it! Definitely recommend using a via ferrata bungee(lobster claw) and fingerless gloves for the metal rungs. If you’re not afraid of heights and have good equipment you’ll definitely be glad you did it! Would do again!

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Mallorie Popovich
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Hiking

Truly the most epic adventure I’ve ever done! Bucket list for sure!

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Ivy George
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HikingGreat!

We did this yesterday, Garmin clocked in 5.8miles from the Pandora Mines Parking lot, via Bridal Veil & Ingram Falls, and it was EPIC! We went with Telluride Mountain Guides. It was the most adventurous activity, hanging on those cliffs and rungs.

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jackie lasky
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Rock climbingNo shade

This was the most terrifying and thrilling thing I've ever done. I have pretty much zero climbing experience, but i'm in decently good shape. We did this the day after hiking the 14er Mt. Sneffels. You're up in the sun, exposed for hours, so just remember to keep applying sunscreen. You can only go one-way on the trail because of covid. You will need to hike up to the place where you start climbing; it's just some hooks you clip into with your own gear and go! When you finish the climb, you can take the easy hike back down. I went with my friend who is a very experienced climber and brought gear for us, but I think as long as you don't look down too often, have plenty of water, and focus, then you can do it! Only about 30% of the trail you are actually clipped in, there are some sections you just need to be careful and remember the "3 point contact" and just always be touching land so you don't slip and fall. It's pretty much a a complete drop, so it's actually extremely scary haha, but totally worth doing it once in a lifetime.

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Tim Owen
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Rachel Gropper
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Rock climbing

completed this back in 2015 and just now getting around to updating: do this. one of the most amazing experiences, I’ll never forget it

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tanice vincent
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Hiking

Some crazy exposed trail with no pro.

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Jenna Garner
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Rock climbing

Definitely one of those “once in a lifetime” adventures. Some extraordinarily exposed parts that have you cussing out the fact that there’s no cable. Do NOT attempt this if you have any issues with balance/vertigo/lack of SOME technical ability. I agree with other reviewers that the Main Event is not the most challenging part of this traverse. There’s a wash where the clip/un-clip is extremely sketchy at best, and exposed swing. And one overhang where you have to be able to support your full body weight in your arms and swing your legs up at a fairly awkward angle. Overall, one of the most empowering and unbelievably beautiful adventures I’ve taken, and certainly loves up to the hype. Do your research, know your limits, and invest in the correct equipment.

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Shawn Miletary
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Hiking

Wow! It was crazy cool. We went in the afternoon and had the trail to ourselves. Barely beat the rain

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Reilly Nelson
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It was cool. Done on 7/20

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Noel Hinton
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Hiking

Definitely lives up to the hype!

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Mike Alfaro
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HikingPrivate propertyRockyScramble

The trail is quite possibly one of the coolest views of Telluride. With Covid going on you have to go East to West. Which means you need to park all the way at the bottom by the huge metal shack. Once you get there hike up bridal vail falls. When you reach it walk to the 4x4 road. People use the static lines to climb with locking caribiners. Personally your life is not worth breaking your back if you fall. If you climb this will seem more like a hike/scramble. But spend the $100 bucks and buy the lobster claws. You can drive to Ouray and to that one too which will make the purchase worth it. Start early so you beat the storms. We were the last ones to do it but we took a million pictures.

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Anonymous Hiker
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Hiking

The hike itself isn’t too hard, but if you’re scared of heights it will be tough

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Jordyn Conrad
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Hiking

Went a few weeks ago! Super fun and probably best view of Telluride !!

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Ray Love-palomar
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HikingRockyScramble

This was hands down one of the funniest things you will do. There are some pretty exposed areas where you’re not clipped into a cable but was still awesome. I think the main event might not have been the most intense portion of the route. You will enjoy this course without a doubt!

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Christopher Depenbrock
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HikingNo shade

Totally horizontal, totally awesome via ferrata, driving up the 4x4 path is not worth it as you end up near the 4x4 entrance anyway, just walk up the road or take the falls hiking path, as both will take you up to the trailhead. if coming from the north in the summer, google maps will tell you to come from the east side of the mountain. DO NOT GO THIS WAY, it is a very difficult jeep path. go from the telluride side in the west. Very chill trail until you get to the midpoint which is a iron rung only for at least 100ft. Then it gets easier from there. Bring appropriate equipment.

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Tom Wehr
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Christine Connell
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