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Telluride, CO: Jud Wiebe Trail

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Distance: 3.6 miles


Set aside a couple of hours for this 3.3-mile loop on the north end of Telluride that climbs 1,200 feet to breathtaking views of this small mountain town.
  • View of Telluride
  • Map
  • Bridge
  • Town
  • Lichen
  • Bench
  • Bridge
  • Climb

The Jud Wiebe Trail—named for the Telluride local who helped design it in the mid 1980s—is a local classic. This clockwise loop begins with a steady climb from downtown that joins the dirt trail at the top of Aspen Street just before turning left and crossing Cornet Creek on a small footbridge. The trail continues uphill through aspen, bypassing the Mill Creek Trail just before mile 1 and leveling briefly after the Butcher Creek crossing where the loop turns east. There is another set of steep switchbacks leading to the trail's 10,000-foot-high point (where an impressive overlook bench awaits) at mile 1.5.

The beginning of the trail's downhill stretch is shaded by thick aspen—watch your step over roots crossing the trail. After the small bridge across Cornet Creek, there's a 5-minute uphill before the trail widens and begins heading downhill to town. The last several switchbacks toward town are loose and rocky: be careful and aware of bikes and other users who also frequent this loop.

-Mapped by Kristy Holland

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