Explore the most popular forest 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.

Short and sweet. Good, healthy climb. You’ll find yourself in front of stellar views, enveloped in an aspen glade, then towering evergreens soon thereafter. Wonderful. Would rate this as moderate instead of hard.

This is a cute- short trail with great views. Good for little ones to feel like an explorer. Can take Big Billies Trail back towards The Peaks- though that's an incline with no shade, fyi.

This was a steady incline- but beautiful views and rest stops along the way for kids. We really enjoyed this hike.

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1 day ago

Our family loves this trail.

1 day ago

Nice views!

Nice warm up trail with a waterfall on top

This is one of my favorite trails in the area! Varied terrain through Aspen forests with great viewpoints out over the Telluride valley and surrounding mountains. I would probably rate it as moderate-difficult rather than difficult.

Good, short hike. Amazing views (although they're everywhere in Telluride). Waterfall was frozen which was incredible but the icy trails (March) made it more difficult than it should have been

up hill the whole way but definitely worth it for the views and knowing you climbed a mountain

A lot of steep climbing culminating in spectacular views!

Beautiful views of Telluride and a GREAT workout!

Hike was a challenge for our seven and nine-year-old but we were able to push them along and they were glad they made it to the Falls! What a spectacular seen. The trail is beautiful framed by mainly Aspen, with some stunning scenery of the cliffs.

One note: as the write up says this is a very popular hike, so there were plenty of other people, dogs, and trail runners but all courteous and friendly.

A great short hike if you’re looking to fit one in quick. Like other reviewers said, this is steep In Spots with a few sketchy ledges to negotiate. Don’t let the short distance fool you into thinking this is a walk in park. If you’re looking for a short hike due to a lack of fitness you best skip this one or you may end up in over your head. That being said, I’d do it again

Very nice trail, mostly on an old forest road but be prepared for some extended hiking on rocks in places. A good balance of shade and sun. If you take your pup, there are a few small stream crossings where they can get a drink. Near the top there is a nice area to see the falls from about a quarter mile away, but the hike to the falls itself will reward you with some great views back toward the valley.

This was a great hike. Great day and a beautiful hike.

7 days ago

Beautiful and convenient hike if you are visiting Telluride. Tons of Aspens.

Fantastic hike. The first half of the trail is easy going and the second half contains most of the vertical. Fantastic scenery all along the way. I stopped to fish at the top for an hour with no luck. The view on the way back down was incredible. Make sure your vehicle has good ground clearance as the road has plenty of holes and ditches along the way

A great hike to get acclimated to the altitude. If you get an early start then you’ll likely have the falls to yourself. The views are fantastic along the way. We wrapped up the hike around 11:30 after relaxing at the top for 40 minuets, and the trail was pretty crowded at that point. Only 4 stars due to the sheer beauty and solitude of other hikes in the area.

Great views of Trout Lake as the trails goes up on the switchbacks. A very nice 6 mile out and back hike mostly through the woods.

Definitely worth the short semi steep hike. Runnable for those who like to trail run

Such a beautiful hike with great views. Wouldn’t recommend going if it is your first hike in that altitude. Also it helps to go earlier in the morning to avoid some of the heat. To also help with the heat I recommend going to the left path and not the right because of a rough climb up and exposure to a lot of sun

Great in an out trail! At the end of the trail don’t go up and cut across the meadow to get down. It’s prettier just to go in and back.

We went early in morning and only saw a few people on the trail and at the falls. Great for photos. More people on the trail after about 9am. We took our time and explored a lot of side trails, playing around in the creek and taking photos of the views, and that made the hike even better for us. Not many wildflowers this week, except at the last .25-mile near the falls and then some very pretty foliage.

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14 days ago

Stunning hike which I agree is moderate. The scenery constantly changes, wildflowers and microclimates, creeks, waterfalls and lakes. SO beautiful. The challenges for me were the altitude because we arrived in Telluride last night and hiking down a rocky trail. If you have knees or hips which cause you trouble, take your hiking sticks. Hiking downhill will be so much easier for you. By the time we sat down at Hope Lake I got my head back, dizziness went away and my heart settled down. Totally worth all of my effort, one of the most beautiful hikes I have ever been on. My husband had no trouble with the altitude but was very glad he packed his hiking sticks for the rocky trail down.

This hike was pretty simple and to the point. Wide trail, easy to pass people (which is good as it was pretty busy). Parking downtown on the streets, so your time is limited on the trail due to the meters. The waterfall is easy to get to and beautiful. Would recommend if you are in the area.

Great trip with great photo ops. Ridgeway to telluride.

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19 days ago

wonderful!

Hot and sunny. A steep climb and rock decent but all worth it. A great hike and workout.

It was a great finish but a little treacherous in spots with kids (7 & 9). Loose rocks and gravel made the moderate hike a little more difficult. If you have a fear of heights be warned as there are narrow edges and some steep drops.

Hot/sunny in the pm west to east, especially the beginning, but stunning and fun!

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