Explore the most popular kid 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.

loved this trail and views were spectacular!

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

hiking
26 days 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.

hiking
1 month 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
1 month 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/

hiking
1 month 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
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month 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!

backpacking
2 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!

off road driving
2 months ago

Awesome trail. We went up to the lakes area and explored a bit then headed over to the Gold King Basin trail which wasn't mentioned anywhere. It was totally worth while. The road was rocky and bumpy, but easily done in our 4X4 Tacoma and 4X4 4Runner. Had lunch at the end of the trail and were entertained with several chipmunks and woodchucks nearby. The views were gorgeous.

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.

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
2 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.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful views. Trail was not crowded when we went Friday morning. Most difficult part was breathing with the altitude. Glad we went.

Awesome easy hikes multiple trailheads to explore

Challenging, but completely worth it. I'm in shape, but my lungs struggled to keep up. Recommend being acclimated to altitude before you go. However, the rewards (waterfalls) are AWESOME if you stay motivated and don't give up.

hiking
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

A great hike. The views on this hike are breathtaking. The last mile was pretty difficult with steep grade switch backs. But I do not live in altitude so that made it difficult. But it was so worth it. It was told to me by many a local that the lake was the lowest they’ve seen with the lack of snow this past winter.

Nice warm up trail with a waterfall on top

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

one thing that was discouraging were the rock piles along this trail, along with initials carved in trees. also a lot of traffic.

hiking
3 months ago

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.

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.

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.

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

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