Explore the most popular birding trails near Telluride with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

One of the best hikes I’ve ever done .

snowshoeing
26 days ago

We went on Christmas Day as a family hike. We forgot our snowshoes but we’re still able to walk it. My parents felt there was a lot of up, but it’s worth it!! In the snow it took us 1 hour 45 minutes to get up. It only took 45 minutes to get down. We stopped frequently to get pictures and catch our breath.

Overall a beautiful hike and the falls are absolutely gorgeous! They were frozen over and it was spectacular to see.

hiking
1 month ago

Fun little hike. Great views nice weather.

Awesome trail. This is all uphill so be ready to exert some effort. At tree line the snow is waist deep in some areas with crust. Post holing was a challenge, snowshoes would’ve helped. Didn’t summit Ballard’s peak due to late start.

loved this trail and views were spectacular!

on Via Ferrata

rock climbing
2 months ago

Easy hike until the very top then a bit rocky. It was well worth it!!!

hiking
3 months ago

This hike was just spectacular when I got a chance to do it in June of 2017. Definitely doable for most anyone, though being from a town at sea level and having had only a day of acclimation slowed me down a little. The falls are so powerful and the spray so refreshing, really incredible, but the views are just as impressive as the falls on this trek. This part of Colorado is as good as it gets: the terrain is so varied, red sandstone cliffs to the west and snow-capped mountains that remind me of The Sound of Music to the east. I love Telluride so damn much. Next time I go I want to try and get further up the Wasatch Basin Trail.

Great trail moderate hike dog friendly on leashes

hiking
3 months ago

NIce trek out to the falls this morning. In from Boston on a pleasure trip. A LOW comes in and drops some precipitation you will need snow shoes. Do it while you can.

Hike with the family. Had a bit of snow and slippery patches towards the top. View is good

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike, not too steep. Pretty short. Amazing fall color views, though the trail doesn't take you through aspen groves. Big lake which unfortunately is down at least 10 feet in these dry conditions, but totally worth hiking this trail. For more info and fall color pics visit https://etbtravelphotography.com/2018/09/30/roadtrip-to-the-rockies-from-telluride-to-durango/

Fantastic trail. In my opinion, doesn’t get much better than this.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice hike. No big cats seen this morning, and no one at the falls for over 1/2 hour. People often think hike ends at base of falls, by huge boulder but then there’s a short, but steep (10 mins) trail to the actual falls, which are beautiful with gorgeous views of mount Sneffle. Aspen colors are beautiful right now!

Great way to kick start the day! Beautiful fall colors and spectacular light on the mountain tops. Big Cat sighting on the trail by jogger in front of me, around 8am, top 3rd of the trail. Keep your eyes out!

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful hike with amazing views of peaks along the way and moraine lake and wilderness at the end

hiking
4 months ago

One of the top hikes in Colorado! Went on 09/16/18, was there by 7:45 a.m. so beat the crowds. Amazing colors on the Aspens at the start of the trail, beautiful views of the surrounding mountains throughout the entire trail and the waterfalls were some of the best around! When you first see the falls you can take a path down right to them, would recommend. The last .4 mile up is a very narrow hard elevation gain, but the rest of the trail would be good for anyone.

Incredible views! Nice wide trail. My friend suggested we go early (8am) and only saw a few others on trail going up but passed lots of hikers coming down. If you want to experience the falls alone go early!

killer steep grade for me but the views were so worth it!!

Best hike of our trip. My wife and I started and finished at the Jud Wiebe trailhead. Moderate-Hard. The hardest part for us was the saddle. Slippery (small dry gravel) and steep on the way up and rock hopping in the way down. We saw some marmots, and 1 other person! This was mid September, 2016.

backpacking
4 months ago

Beautiful hike. Lake is low but still totally beautiful. We went on a weekday and had the whole lake to ourselves for hours. The scenery on the way up is beautiful! Happy hiking!

Waterfalls that are so amazing! Did not disappoint!

Beautiful hike on a somewhat rocky trail, but don’t forget to look up as the peaks are magnificent. The falls are beautiful and the view back down the valley is spectacular.

Best trail I've ever hiked in the 10 years I've been hiking.

The hike is great but the lake at the top is a little disappointing. The views were better along the trail than at the top. The crew I was with said they wished the did blue Lake instead.

Gorgeous views. Wonderful hike; I was glad I hiked it early, because I met a lot of people hiking up as I descended. I can see why it’s so popular.

hiking
4 months ago

Loved this hike! Well maintained and easy to follow. The trail starts out easy and the second half is more strenuous. Most of the climb is after the first mile. Beautiful hike with lots of trees and rocky spots. I was surprised at how colorful the vistas were.

I did this trail back in mid-July. When you turn up to start Wasatch you'll start the real elevation. Spectacular views where I stopped to set camp. Near the 2nd waterfall. Amazing trail.

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.

on Ridge Trail

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail that doesn’t share with bikers. Well demarcated with orange ribbons so you stay on the correct path.

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