Telluride is a hikers paradise. Once you have acclimated to the thin air, over 60 miles of hiking trails await you around Telluride and accessed from the Saint Sophia Station off the Gondola. This does not include hiking through the cut outs for skiing! Even if you are out of shape, or the thin air is really getting to you (and for some people it does) we know a little secret that will allow you to still enjoy the outdoors.
Bear Creek Canyon Trail - 2.0 miles one way, 1,040 foot elevation change, easy trail: The trailhead is located at the end of South Pine Street in the town of Telluride. Follow Bear Creek up the canyon until you reach the Bear Creek Waterfall. When hiking up about 1/4 mile away from the falls is a trailhead to the Wasatch Trail. This is a strenuous backcountry trail. Mountain bikes are allowed on this trail.
Bridal Veil Falls Trail - 1.8 miles one way, 1,200 foot elevation change, moderate difficulty: Go to the east end of Telluride on Colorado 145, also known as East Colorado Avenue. The trail starts where the road turns to gravel. Follow the road about 1-1/4 miles to the base of the falls. From there you can take the trail another 6/10 of a mile to the top of the falls and on to Blue and Silver Lake. The road to the base of the falls is used by jeeps so be alert, and mountain bikes are allowed on the entire length of the trail.
Jud Wiebe Trail - 2.7 mile loop, 1,200 foot elevation change, moderate difficulty: To access go to the north end of Aspen Street in Telluride. If you want to go to Cornet Falls do not cross the bridge but continue on the trail for about 1/4 of a mile. To take the Jud Wiebe Trail go west (your left) across the bridge. The trail will loop around providing views of Telluride and the surrounding area. The trail will come back into town on Tomboy Road, about 1/2 mile east of where you started. Take Tomboy Road west back into Telluride where it will end on the north end of Oak Street. The Jud Wiebe Trail provides access to the Sneffels High Line Trail, access to the Liberty Bell Mine, the Mill Creek Trail, and can be extended on a trip to the ghost town of Tomboy on the Tomboy Trail. Mountain bikes are permitted on the trail.
Tomboy Road, Tomboy, Imogene Pass And Through Hiking To Ouray - up to 30 miles one way, up to 4,350 foot elevation change, ranges from moderate difficult, through hiking to Ouray will require prior experience with hiking at altitude, full gear, and you should plan two days for a one way trip: The trailhead is located on the north end of Oak Street. Take Tomboy Road five miles (2,650 foot elevation change) to the ghost town of Tomboy. You can continue to take the trail another seven miles to the 13,114 foot Imogene Pass. From there is it is another 18 miles to the historic town of Ouray. Mountain bikes and jeeps share Tomboy Road.
San Miguel River Trail - 2.5 miles one way, basically flat, easy trail: This trail has numerous accesses along all of the southern ends of the streets in Telluride. Starting at the Town Park Campground off of East Colorado Avenue, follow the San Miguel River west toward the Gondola Station and the Telluride Ski Area. The trail then turns more to the north and goes through Telluride Valley, cutting across Highway 145. At this junction you can access the 21 mile Galloping Goose Trail. Mountain bikes are allowed on this trail.
Sneffels Highline Trail - 13 mile loop, 3,600 foot elevation change, difficult trail, requires experience with altitude, navigation, and full gear: Follow the Jud Wiebe Trail about 1/2 mile and take the path that crosses Butcher Creek (it will be a left). After you cross the creek, a signpost will indicate the Sneffels Highline Trail and you will climb north above the tree line. You will then drop down into the Mill Creek Basin where you will access the Waterline Trail (goes over the bridge) that takes you back to the Jud Wiebe Trail into town. Mountain bikes are prohibited on this trail.
Saint Sophia Station On The Gondola - varies up to 5 miles one way depending on how you go, exploration of the area will require experience with altitude, navigation gear, and hiking equipment, simple climbs to Telluride or Mountain Village will only require good supportive shoes and water, ranges from easy to difficult: Get of the Gondola at Saint Sophia Station and a world of opportunity awaits. Exit the Gondola and then walk under it you can access a trail that will take you to Mountain Village. There is a slight elevation gain as you first start on the trail but then it's all down from there. Head straight out from the Gondola and you can take trails back down into Telluride or further up on Gold Hill (some hill!). The beauty of hiking from Saint Sophia is the Gondola does the hard part, going up in the thin air. You do the easy part, relax on the beautiful trails of Telluride Colorado.