Explore the most popular river 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.

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

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

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.

As others have mentioned, it is a little tougher the last part of the hike. Steep climb. Good news is I did make it in sneakers but would have been better with hiking boots and walking stick. Big fish in lake but they were not hungry and with no insects around, we gave up on fishing.

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.

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.

Beautiful !

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

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.

hiking
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.

hiking
18 days ago

wonderful!

Such a gorgeous hike of moderate difficulty. The most bang for the buck as it affords you beautiful views, water along the whole hike, wildflowers and a gorgeous water fall at the destination. Take time to hike in or along side the creek when you get to the huge rock climbing boulder right before the final ascent to the falls. Stunning.

hiking
22 days ago

What a treat to find a trail right on the edge of town! It was an easy 12-minute walk from my hotel. Being so conveniently located, I figured it would be crowded so I went very early in the morning -- I was at the trailhead at 7:20am and had the trail to myself. (Which meant I also had the waterfall at the top to myself as well!) The trail is a steady incline out and decline back, but not strenuous. I hike pretty slowly, so it took me 1 hour 20 minutes to get to the waterfall. (There's a giant bolder at a plateau on the trail that looks like the end of the trail, and you can see the waterfall in the distance, but keep going! The trail gets narrower and a little steeper, but you can get right up to the waterfall -- close enough to feel the spray.) As I was heading down, the trail was getting pretty crowded (people starting the trail around 9am or after). Lots of dogs -- all well behaved, but none on leashes. I was pleasantly surprised to have only seen 3 poop bags on the trail -- I would have expected far more. This trail was a real gem. And easy to stop for coffee in town afterwards.

walking
23 days ago

Great trail!! Perfect for dogs too.

Absolutely beautiful trail! We started on Jud Weibe (Aspen Street trailhead), then took a left at Deep Creek and shortly after that a right onto Mill Creek. Followed the path shown to the high point, into the meadow and across and then completed the loop on Deep Creek to end up back where we started. (There are other routes down as well.) Following that route the ascent was fairly steep in parts and the descent easy-going. Took about 8 hours at a decent clip so bring enough food and water. Lots of great views, alpine meadows, aspen forest, waterfalls.... The scenery is constantly changing, keeping things interesting. Good idea to take rain gear given unpredictable weather patterns (we hiked through rain for a while). The trail is well marked and easy to follow, a short stretch of scree to be navigated right after the high point. Highly recommend!

It’s easy. Plus waterfall

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.

Great hike with nice views of Telluride and of course a beautiful lake. This is a tough short hike. Took me about 70 minutes to get up and an hour to get down. To get to the trail head you need to have a 4x4 or AWD high clearance vehicle. My Subaru Crosstrek made it fine. If you don’t want to drive up, you can walk up the road about 2 additional miles each way.

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!

beautiful hike!!!

hiking
1 month ago

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

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.

Load More