Explore the most popular lake 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.

beautiful hike!!!

3 days ago

Gorgeous views and waterfall with a trailhead right in town. Lots of people and dogs.

5 days ago

Easy trail. Stunning waterfall at the end.

6 days ago

Hike is beautiful and very family friendly!

on Wilson Meadows Trail

8 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."

9 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.

This is a great trail with beautiful views. You can get right up to the base of the waterfall!

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.

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

Amazing views!

14 days ago

Family friendly. Crowded though still pleasant. Climb feels worth it at the Falls.

15 days ago

Great hike with beautiful scenery. I highly recommend going up to the falls then going back to where the bear creek trail meets the Wasatch trailhead and continuing along there. Wasatch is a bit more strenuous but worth it. You can also take Wasatch all the way to Bridal Veil Falls and continue along other trailheads if you want a full day of hiking. Great wildflowers along the way and much of the trail is right alongside the water.

Beautiful scenery on the way to the falls, but the spray from the waterfall at the end of this hard climb make it all worth while. However, it is a VERY rocky trail...hard on the feet. It’s also hard if you’re not used to altitude. We calculated 5.5 miles round trip on our GPS. Also, lots of dogs running loose, so be careful of owners that can’t control their dogs very well.

Take your fishing pole! Thee are some big trout just swimming around up there. Trail is difficult to follow from the river crossing, but gets better. Saw a bear and big fat marmot. Gorgeous wildflowers.

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

Totally worth the up hill trek! Waterfall is very refreshing and views are fabulous. Easy for kids.

July 2017, Water crossing with steep and challenging parts, worth it!

27 days ago

Traveled with a group of 8 including a 10 year old who did great. The Trail was nice and wide for us. Steady incline the majority of the Trail, somewhat rocky. End waterfall is worth the trek!! The most enjoyable part of this hike are views going up AND coming down! 360 scenery - 5 stars

30 days ago

Unreal views

Tight trail, fairly easy first 2/3 up with a section after passing the tree cover that seemed a little sketchy, to use caution. After that it flattens out a bit; one small patch of snow. Great hike! A little challenging for out-of-towner on first day in higher altitude.

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.

Really enjoyed the trail, took it slow and enjoyed the views. Push yourself to the top and it’s so worth all the views! Not terribly hard, just watch your footing at the top. Would do again!

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.

1 month ago

This trail is well maintained and offers spectacular views along the way to the waterfall!

1 month ago

It's a beautiful hike! Very scenic and has a steady elevation all the way to the top. Breathtaking views all the way. Once you reach the waterfall, you have an excellent view of the mountains when you look back. Try to do it during the early hours of the day.

mountain biking
1 month ago

We went to Bear Creek Trail with mountain bikes couple days ago. I am a beginner so biking was though for me, please stay away from the edge if you biking! Try to keep your bike on the right side! The trail itself was very beautiful, interesting, challenging. At the end I was really proud of myself and super exhausted. Highly recommend!

1 month ago

Beautiful hike with just about all elevation gain on the way up, so a breezy walk down. You can hear the water throughout the entire hike and see the stream right off the path. The waterfall at the very top is incredible and refreshing. One of my favorite hikes ever!

1 month 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.

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