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.

Steep walk but worth it! Just when you think you can’t find it it pops up!!

Very scenic trail for off-roading purposes. You occasionally run into a hiker or mountain-biker, but for the most part, it’s all 4x4’s. The views are spectacular throughout the trail but the best views are when you come down the waterfall. To all those wielding a camera and shooting in daylight hours, jump (at your own risk) across the waterfall and get a shot of your vehicles coming down. The switchbacks are technical but not overwhelming. We were in a long bed company truck and successfully maneuvered the turns with little effort.
Happy trails!

Really nice long hike. Several places with amazing views! Do the loop back down Deep Creek and Mill Creek. I logged 14.3 miles with the loop and the hike down was quite lovely. I can’t imagine going back the way I came. This hike as an out and back would be at least 16 miles. There is no parking for more than 2 hours at the trailhead. I parked on the street anyway and didn’t get a ticket.

I did this mountain biking. I had never been mountain biking before so this trail was very challenging and overwhelming. This was just because I was inexperienced. I was exhausted at the end but mostly because I was working hard and was also scared. Saw some experienced bikers pass us having a blast through the trail. Had some great views of the mountains.

We don’t know as went with our dog, since it says dog friendly on All Trails and it’s not. It’s posted that no dogs are allowed.

off road driving
5 days ago

I decided to drive to Telluride, Colorado from Purgatory Resort. I found a short cut and found this amazing trail (Black Bear Pass). Of course, I did my research before going. I read some reviews on how technical and dangerous it can be. To be honest, it was fun and not as bad as it looks. As long as you are paying full attention, focused, and staying within your limits you will be ok. My wife was a great spotter to make sure I did not fall off the cliff on those tight switchbacks. This is the most scenic and beautiful off-road trail I have ever been to. It may be short but seems like a lifetime of amazing views. I would highly recommend this trail.

I did this hike in mid July and the wildflowers were incredible! This hike has it all....amazing views, aspen groves, rivers, and wildflowers. This might be one of my favorite hikes in Colorado. It’s steady switchbacks the whole way up, the trail is well maintained and easy to follow. Definitely check this hike out if you are in the area!

off road driving
7 days ago

This is a sketchy trail. Incredible though. Not a super difficult drive but if you make a mistake in the wrong area it could be your last. I did it in the rain and that added to the sketchiness. The worst part was the steps... just take it slow and you’ll be fine. I would recommend airing down and taking it super slow. A spotter helps but is not a must. Took us about 3 hours. Gorgeous views all over the trail. Did it in a 2017 Tacoma with a 2 inch lift and wrangler duratrac tires.

beautiful hike!!!

nice hike. went down into the lower gorge around the bridges and back out. good stretches of shade and sun. some parts a little tough but mostly easy going. went with a 4 and 7 year old who were capable for this.

The 12.2 miles shown on the map is actually Eider Creek +part of Deep Creek+Mill Creek+part of Jud Wiebe trails. The Eider Creek portion is steep up hill. The other parts, not so much. The big drawback is that you have to walk up a boring road to get to the Eider Creek trailhead.

Rode this trail with 17yr old son, and what a Great ride! First part is a little grueling with the climb, but well worth the effort for some great down hill biking. Recommend for Intermediate to Advanced riders only. Awesome views of Telluride.

trail running
11 days ago

Love love love this trail! Beautiful wildflowers, great views from high up and little traffic. I suggest starting on the mill creek trail then coming straight down the webbie.

on Wilson Meadows Trail

13 days ago

The map for this trail is misleading. There is no clear entry to the Wilson Meadows Trail from the point that AllTrails marks as the trail head. After following the AllTrails directions for a while we could not find any signs of a trail. To get to the trail follow the directions from USDA Forest Service website:

"From Telluride: Travel 3 miles west on State Hwy 145. Turn left at the first highway intersection, continuing south on State Hwy 145 for approximately 10 miles to the top of Lizard Head Pass. The Lizard Head Trailhead is located on the west side of State Highway 145. Continue driving past the restroom for approximately 1,000 feet, then turn right onto a spur road that ends at the Lizard Head Trailhead parking area. Follow the Lizard Head Trail #505 for approximately 3.5 miles to an intersection with the Wilson Meadows Trail."

14 days ago

The road to the trail head I’d suggest at least all wheel drive and recommend getting there early, it gets pretty packed and it’s nice to have the lake to yourself. The elevation spike is brisk, you climb 2000 feet in a hurry. Overall a great hike with stunning views.

Extremely tough but totally worth it. Amazing views and no foot traffic.

Great hike with amazing views. My 7 & 9 year olds were able to enjoy it.

Good hike with great views, fishing was good, even though lake was very low.

Did the loop with deep creek and it came in around 15 miles. The elevation gain is no joke for the first 3-4 miles and there are some spots in the middle where you're zig zagging switchbacks very close to the edge with a narrow trail. Overall great views and well worth it.

Spectacular and special place, not for the novice hiker, high altitude, steep uphill to the top

Gorgeous views and gradual ascent. Hope Lake water levels were very low (June, 2018) but still worth the hike.

1 month ago

Quick hike down from the gondola. rocks were a little unstable, but other than that, it was a great hike. Great views and beautiful aspen groves. Really nice that bikes aren't allowed on this trail.

Better with snow... just a dirt road!

1 month ago

Great for a quick track down hill with kids.

off road driving
1 month ago

Amazing Jeep trail with crazy views and crazy narrow roads. Not for the faint of heart!!!! Expect many weather changes along the way, was snowing sleeting at the top in August!!!! Hit rain, sunshine, not sun, and saw lots of wildlife. Took our two teenage boys in a razor and they LOVED it!!!!! We've done this trail twice, second time all the way down to telluride!

1 month ago

Loved the views and the ease of this walk.

So beautiful. With a lovely surprise just around the bend!

Still snow on many if the switchback turns last weekend, definitely made the hike a little slower. Hope Lake was still frozen. Beautiful view of Trout Lake and the surrounding area.

off road driving
1 month ago

Easy dirt road trail. Saw a Toyota Prius at the top. Probably wasn’t an easy ride for them but they made it. Beautiful scenery, sucky fishing, and beautiful star view! Worth the trip. Currently on stage 2 fire restrictions by the st. Miguel county but stage 1 by the forest service.

off road driving
1 month ago

Amazing trail. You drive up a fairly rough trail for a long ways, and eventually come across this old mining town at 11,000 feet. I truly enjoyed the journey.

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