Hike to Bear Creek Falls in Telluride

Wasatch Trailhead

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.

Pack List

  • Walking/Hiking Shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Food & water
  • No permit necessary
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RT Distance 5 Miles
Elevation Gain 1000 Feet
Activities Chillin, Photography, Running, Snowshoeing, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Groups
Picnic Area
River
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildflowers
Swimming Hole

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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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