Explore the most popular dog friendly 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.

This is ONE of the BEST hiking trails in Colorado. The description says its an out and back but you can turn it into a loop trail by connecting it with Mill Creek Trail and back down to Highway 145 and back to Telluride. Great chance to see herd of Elk high up in the alpine meadows. If you want to get away form people and the crowds, this is the trail. Once you get up above Pack Basin, the crowds drop out. Cross over the pass into Mill Creek Basin and be sure to rest at the pass for incredible views. Once you start to descend Mill Creek Basin be sure to stop and enjoy the waterfall right about tree line. And you get terrific views across the valley to Mt. Wilson plateau.

We should have turned around sooner. We were ill prepared for such snowy conditions. It would have been great for skis or snow shoes but not hiking despite the description that says it’s good in March. I’m sure it’s awesome in the summer.

walking
3 months ago

Very scenic, with tight switchbacks. I've driven Black Bear several times. Yes, you must aware of your surroundings, but you don't need to air down or need a spotter. Your on a Mountain made of rock and can't get stuck, unless mechanically deficient.

Bring a camera and a lunch. Bridal Falls is a must! You drive past it toward the end. Enjoy the scenic views and bask in the beauty of Colorado! I've done Hole in the Rock in Utah. There you must air down. Very steep crevices.

Great trail, awesome views and not as hard as people make it out to be if you pay attention to the trail

Awesome payoff at end

hiking
5 months ago

Day after thanksgiving. Trail was pretty dry gorgeous views!

hiking
6 months ago

What's there to say that hasn't been said? It's a great doable hike that makes you feel like you got away but doesn't take a lot of time. Nice destination above timberline.

Hiked on 10/23/17

hiking
7 months ago

Absolutely beautiful trail! Hiked in mid-October. Brought our 3-legged dog and she did just great. A little steep, but nothing too terrible. Including lunch at the lake, took about 3 hours round trip

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful views, fun trail even during this “off” time.

hiking
7 months ago

Great hike with forests, open areas, creek crossings, and crystal clear lake. First third fairly easy then became steeper but manageable. Definitely would recommend.

Great trail!
Comments about Alltrails description:
Trailhead is close to Telluride; nowhere near Cahone.
Dolores River is near trailhead, but trail goes away from river.
Alltrails, and National Geographic map of Telluride area, show Cross Mountain Trail ending at Lizard Head Trail below Lizard Head Peak. But Forest Service sign at junction shows the trail that continues left (west) from the junction to be continuation of "Cross Mountain Trail."
You can't find Cross Mountain Trail on Alltrails by searching for that name, but only by searching for Lizard Head Wilderness.
As I said, spectacular trail. One to three inches of new snow. I saw 18 day hikers, many doing loop from Lizard Head Pass, but I was only over-nighter.

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful hike! Amazing views!

There was a lot of ice and snow on the trail (late september) which made getting down a tad tricky, but we managed without trek poles.

4WD was recommended to get to the TH but we managed just fine in our Honda Fit. Whole hike took exactly 2 1/2 hours.

off road driving
7 months ago

Heavy 1 ft snow at the top
Too difficult for a stock
Had to return from just .5 miles from the top
Will be back for sure

hiking
8 months ago

Extraordinarily beautiful. Favorite hike.

off road driving
8 months ago

Beautiful views but you need to be a confident off roader without a fear of heights. Tight steep switchbacks are tricky.

off road driving
8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Its a long stretch but interesting trail- def what a prospector might use. Awesome for bikes too. The uphill is gradual and has some exposure but safe. There are 2 nasty quick hikes that are steep - otherwise its long and covers some territory. Being plenty of water. My 4 yr old crushed most of it but the 2yr old was on my shoulders so be active and somewhat experienced. Bring lots of water and a snack. Its a great bike ride but a fulfilling hike. Safe for kids. Both biking and hiking i have seen a lot of wildlife.

hiking
8 months ago

Wonderful hike! We went last weekend (mid August) and it was soooo pretty! It starts super easy so don't be mislead, lol! It gets a little tough with switchbacks but overall pretty easy for this region. Hope lake was beautiful. A different shade of blue from every angle.

Great morning hike

Beautiful but challenging

hiking
9 months ago

We have a Honda Pilot SUV....Can we drive up the dirt road in our Honda or do we need a jeep?

9 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous but NOT EASY. The first part is relatively flat but the switch backs after that are very steep and rocky in many places. My pedometer said almost 7 miles (from parking lot and 100 floors climbed). The service road in was fine compared to others in the state and it was easy to find and not that crowded for a Saturday. Definitely a beautiful trail but I wish I had prepared a little better since it sounded pretty leisurely when I read about it.

Awesome trail! Definitely not easy!

off road driving
9 months ago

If you make one wrong move it's over. Don't kid yourself. Don't think owning cool equipment can make up the difference. The 'Steps'... you will slip left toward the creek some 20 feet ish below the ledge. This is your first wake up moment. It's gonna get real or more real. Don't begin any of this without airing down first. From here to the falls is seriously for people who have experience only. Given all this, if you still feel this is for you, then proceed lol. Stay safe.

off road driving
9 months ago

THE favorite 4x4ing drive in the area for us. Black Bear is amazing but demands attention to detail. This drive is easier with views worthy of movies. It's just enough on the difficulty side for life time memories without feeling you made a mistake like Black Bear can make you feel.

off road driving
9 months ago

Started the trail at 7pm finished at around 12am... took the time to see the sights really love driving the county roads and all there beauty ! Took my wife for her first time... she loved it ! (not recommend new off road drivers to drive this at night)

hiking
9 months ago

Mucky and slippery after rains.
6 mile round trip to see views.
It's half a mile from a cute little pond with lots of tadpoles. Great for pictures.

Lots of rocks and rock fields to clamber over.
It's definitely moderate, with climbing in both directions so save energy for the return.

off road driving
9 months ago

We took 550 from Ouray at the bottom we air down to half the tires capacity to grip and smooth the ride. From the beginning this is a moderate trail with many switchbacks but enough room to pass by others from the opposite direction. Then you will come up to an area with signage saying from here on it is a one way road, so from there on you are committed to it. Check the weather before going if you are serious otherwise you could spend a lot of time waiting for it to clear! Next, the moderate trail narrows and you will come to a fork in the road, if you take the right fork the road will become a rocky and lead to a 4 foot steep rock stepped waterfall that you have to climb over....we did fine in our stock 4 door jeep rubicon although you could get into trouble depending on your approach. The safe way is to take the left fork which is an easy loop around the obstacle both connect and go to black bear pass.

At the summit it flattens out with plenty of parking....so you can take your time and take in the beautiful scenery! The road continues moderate for a few miles until you see Telluride down in the valley at this point the trail becomes difficult. Look for the old cables in the air across the trail this signals the start of "the steps". The trail narrows and this area has a canyon to the left with jagged slate rocks to your right, also the trail drops down at a 45 degree angle and tilts towards the drop off. The trail is huge steps of slate, you must go slow and it will push the capacity of stock 4x4, 4wd low with downhill assist and disconnected sway bar is highly recommended!! If you don't have downhill assist put your emergency brake on about 3 clicks!! After surviving the steps the switchbacks begin, the first switchback is the hardest and a spotter is suggested, but you must back up to make the turns on several of them, each of the switchbacks are fairly tight but they get easier as you go. Once you reach bridal falls the road is no longer one way and you will meet local traffic of vehicles, ATV's, motorcycles and hikers. The trail takes right into Telluride!!

Happy trails.....we experienced rain and hail on our trek doing this trail!!

Ps....the closest gas station we found to add air up our tires was a mile and half north of Telluride!

hiking
9 months ago

I took the gondola from Telluride to Mountain Village and hiked up to San Sofia. Pretty trail mostly through aspen forest. I wanted an easygoing trail after several days of more strenuous hikes and this fit the bill. A lot of construction noise from Mountain Village especially on the lower part of the trail. Had the trail to myself until I got to the top.

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