Hike to Bear Creek Falls in Telluride

Wasatch Trailhead - Search Nearby - Added by Josiah Roe

A gorgeous waterfall and an excellent introduction to hiking in the San Juan mountains in addition to sweeping views of a Bear Creek hanging canyon overlooking Telluride. 

The trail begins at the south end of Pine Street in Telluride, and proceeds 2.5 miles up the Bear Creek Canyon trail with an elevation gain of about 1,000'.

Be sure to stay to the left at the divide with the Wasatch Trail.

At the waterfall there is a small use trail that contours up to the right and across the cliff face for some incredible views down the canyon. Careful though, the rocks can be very slippery.

In addition to hiking, when connected to the Wasatch Trail this is an excellent place for mountain biking and for backpackers looking to get into the San Juan high country.

Distance

5 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

1000 ft Gain

Type

Out-and-Back

Activities

Chillin, Photography, Running, Snowshoeing, Hiking

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Groups
Picnic Area
River
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildflowers
Swimming Hole

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We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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Gorgeous

Love this classic tride hike, views never get old.

Easy hike

Easy hike for amazing views!

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