One of Telluride’s mellower trails, this 4.5-mile out-and-back climbs a road-grade trail alongside Bear Creek to a beautiful waterfall on Telluride’s south side. Walk straight from downtown onto the Bear Creek Trail at the end of Pine Street. Look for beaver activity on the trail’s left side as it climbs toward a map kiosk just before mile 0.4.
The wide dirt path turns south and continues climbing above the creek—though you’ll only catch small glimpses of it until mile 1.5. The wide, rocky trail is easy to follow, but especially early in the summer, expect a few wet and muddy sections and a rock-hopping stream crossing or two. The highlight of this hike is the 100-foot falls at the valley’s headwall. Towering cliffs line the rugged bowl and a picnic-perfect spot a few hundred feet below trail end is a great spot to admire them.
-Mapped by Kristy Holland