Explore the most popular wildlife 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.

Very scenic trail for off-roading purposes. You occasionally run into a hiker or mountain-biker, but for the most part, it’s all 4x4’s. The views are spectacular throughout the trail but the best views are when you come down the waterfall. To all those wielding a camera and shooting in daylight hours, jump (at your own risk) across the waterfall and get a shot of your vehicles coming down. The switchbacks are technical but not overwhelming. We were in a long bed company truck and successfully maneuvered the turns with little effort.
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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 drove to the bottom of the switchbacks which is where you would need 4-wheel drive to continue up. The grade of the trail was good because of all the switchbacks. If you don’t plan on continuing your hike once you get to the top of the falls I would suggest you turn around at the lower view point. There is not anything to see at the top of the falls.

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.

off road driving
6 days ago

I decided to drive to Telluride, Colorado from Purgatory Resort. I found a short cut and found this amazing trail (Black Bear Pass). Of course, I did my research before going. I read some reviews on how technical and dangerous it can be. To be honest, it was fun and not as bad as it looks. As long as you are paying full attention, focused, and staying within your limits you will be ok. My wife was a great spotter to make sure I did not fall off the cliff on those tight switchbacks. This is the most scenic and beautiful off-road trail I have ever been to. It may be short but seems like a lifetime of amazing views. I would highly recommend this trail.

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!

off road driving
8 days ago

This is a sketchy trail. Incredible though. Not a super difficult drive but if you make a mistake in the wrong area it could be your last. I did it in the rain and that added to the sketchiness. The worst part was the steps... just take it slow and you’ll be fine. I would recommend airing down and taking it super slow. A spotter helps but is not a must. Took us about 3 hours. Gorgeous views all over the trail. Did it in a 2017 Tacoma with a 2 inch lift and wrangler duratrac tires.

beautiful hike!!!

hiking
9 days 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.

Rode this trail with 17yr old son, and what a Great ride! First part is a little grueling with the climb, but well worth the effort for some great down hill biking. Recommend for Intermediate to Advanced riders only. Awesome views of Telluride.

trail running
11 days ago

Love love love this trail! Beautiful wildflowers, great views from high up and little traffic. I suggest starting on the mill creek trail then coming straight down the webbie.

walking
11 days ago

Easy trail. Stunning waterfall at the end.

hiking
12 days ago

Hike is beautiful and very family friendly!

on Wilson Meadows Trail

hiking
14 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."

hiking
15 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 “hike” is on a rocky road with cars passing, hardly any shade and is not worth the effort. Either take a 4X4 up to the falls then hike from there to Silver or Blue Lake. Or skip this and go to Bear Creek Falls which is a much more enjoyable hike.

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.

Did the loop with deep creek and it came in around 15 miles. The elevation gain is no joke for the first 3-4 miles and there are some spots in the middle where you're zig zagging switchbacks very close to the edge with a narrow trail. Overall great views and well worth it.

Its a dirt road that leads to the falls. tue Scenery is nothing special and the Falls werent that great. Go and do Bear Creek instead. The falls there are surreal.

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

Amazing views!

hiking
20 days ago

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

hiking
21 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.

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