Hiking in Telluride

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Hiking

The peaks of the rugged San Juan Mountains around Telluride require some scrambling, occasionally bordering on real climbing, to get to the top. A local favorite is Wilson Peak, which is one of the easier Fourteeners to climb if you take the Navajo Lake Approach. July and August are the most popular months on this 9-mile round-trip hike.

Bear Creek Falls. An immensely popular trail leads to Bear Creek Falls, 2½ miles from the trailhead. The route is also used by mountain bikers. Trailhead at end of S. Pine St., Telluride, CO.

Bridal Veil Falls. A 1.8-mile trail from the old Pandora Mill leads to spectacular Bridal Veil Falls, which, at 365 feet, tumbles lavishly from the top of the box canyon. A beautifully restored powerhouse sits beside the falls. Trailhead near Pandora Mill, at the east end of Colorado Ave., Telluride, CO.

Jud Wiebe Trail. This 3-mile loop is an excellent hike that is generally passable from spring until late fall. It links with the Sneffels Highline Trail, a 14-mile loop that leads through wildflower-covered meadows. Trailhead at north end of Aspen St., Telluride, CO.

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