Explore the most popular horseback riding 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.

hiking
5 days ago

I loved this hike!
It is walking distances from town and rewarding views almost instantly from every direction. The falls at the top are spectacular and are worth the all uphill hike.

Beautiful hike. You can hear water for the majority of the time. Only passed by a handful of people. Good workout but easy enough for my 70 year old dad to accompany me (:

hiking
9 days ago

Quiet. Beautiful. Elevation gain. And to top it all off, a waterfall at the end of the trail.

A beautiful hike where you can hear running water through most of it. The view at the top of the half frozen falls is amazing! The temperature drops drastically near the falls, bring a jacket if you are heading up in the near future.

hiking
23 days ago

Beautiful hike!! Well worth the view at the top! Waterfall was still partially frozen which was beautiful to see! Some snow on trail, but not bad at all!

I loved this trail! It’s now walkable without spikes but we did see snow at the top and the waterfall is mostly frozen. A long way uphill but the views are worth it!

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.

Good climb, especially at 8-9000+ feet. Pretty views for being so close to town. Nice and quiet, only saw 2 people! Dry in the beginning/end, muddy and still icy in the middl

Completely worth the rain and snow. It took me about 2.5 hours round trip at about 5 miles. You absolutely need spikes and gaiters at a minimum. Narrow and slippery in some spots but worth it. The snow absolutely makes this challenging. Some of the snow was up past my knees. The view from the hike is worth it!

Hiked April 1. Packed snow, slush, and lots of ice made for a challenging climb and return. Only saw a couple other people during this less busy time. Gorgeous prize at the end!

hiking
2 months ago

Snow packed trail. Yak Trax and hiking poles came in handy as the climb became more difficult near the falls. A spectacular hike.

Awesome views

Hard uphill but so worth the view!

hiking
4 months ago

This trail kicked my butt! It is uphill all the way which makes for a beautiful view...and an easy down hike. It had 6" of snow and the trail at the top is actually before the big square rock (per the local that was there). Straight up to your right...hardest part of the climb! I fell 4 times just in this 100' climb area.

Awesome hike - great views and it is right in town.

hiking
5 months ago

Steep hike! We did this hike both in December 2016 in three feet of fresh snow and again this December 2017 with no snow and both versions were tough! The entire hike is uphill.

When we did the hike during a fresh winter storm, we made it to the end but the falls were not very visible with all the snow. Doing the hike this winter without snow was MUCH better, not just because it wasn't as exhausting, but because we were actually able to see the falls at the end. Lots of icy patches on the trail and microspikes are highly recommended rather than going off trail and unnecessarily destroying more of the trail.

Both times we lost track of the trail at the very end. When you reach the big square rock (when the falls start to become visible) you need to go right (uphill) near that rock. We went left past that rock and that trail does NOT lead to the falls.

hiking
5 months ago

This trail is relatively hard, but well worth the hike. The views from the waterfall are absolutely stunning!

Great local hike, beautiful views of Telluride and the San Juans. Not too difficult, but pretty uphill in the beginning. ✌

Great view at the end, in mid October the falls were frozen over but the path was dry. Only one or two patches of ice that were very avoidable.

Great trail. Easy access from town. Hiked this three days during film festival. Will be back to hike this again.

Beautiful hike.

Definitely gives you a workout, and you get some truly amazing views.

hiking
7 months ago

Great hike, very uphill on first half so be ready to huff and puff a bit. Had views, aspen and pine forest and small open meadow up top.

hiking
7 months ago

Great hike with a great reward at the end.

Great hike for a nice mix of flat and steep spots. Icy trail towards the top (late September). Waterfall at the top was worth all of the slipping and sliding :)

hiking
8 months ago

Really convenient hike that leaves right from town. Tons of people on the trail but the trail had really great views. Basically 2 miles straight up hill but its shade covered most of the way. Make sure not to stop at the opening, the trail goes right up next to the waterfall.

backpacking
8 months ago

Great views. lots of fun.

Beautiful, easy for non altitude hikers, just take your time and plan a picnic at the falls!!!

We'll be going back to try again! Unfortunately it started raining when we were about half way up. Would have kept going but it was a downpour. Nice and shady, gradual incline.

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