Telluride, CO: Cornet Falls

Just a 30-minute trek from downtown, this short-and-steep trail lands at the base of Cornet Falls, an 80-footer that is one of Telluride's most accessible cascades.
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Just a 30-minute trek from downtown, this short-and-steep trail lands at the base of Cornet Falls, an 80-footer that is one of Telluride's most accessible cascades.

Visible from Telluride's gondola, the 80-foot Cornet Falls is the town's most accessible cascade. Get a closer look at this photogenic landmark on a 0.9-mile hike north of downtown. Begin by heading north on Aspen Street to the Jud Wiebe Trailhead and continuing north on the right (east) side of Cornet Creek. Skip the left turn for the Jud Wiebe Trail and follow the narrower path alongside the creek, climbing a set of rock steps and several switchbacks that gain altitude faster than the creek itself.
Cliffs on both sides of the ravine close-in at trail end where a great view of the water spilling over the rocky shelf awaits. Though the pool is small, a few hundred feet of scrambling over the scree field to the right will land you at the base of the 80-foot shower. If the water volume isn't bolstered by spring melts—or choked by summer heat—spend a minute cooling down underneath it before you turn around and head back to town.
-Mapped by Kristy Holland

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 1.5

Waypoints

COR001

Location: 37.93797, -107.8137946

Begin this hike from Colorado Avenue (Telluride's "Main Street"). Walk north on Aspen Street and climb toward the Jud Wiebe Trailhead.

COR002

Location: 37.9403139, -107.8127003

A couple of large rocks mark the end of the road and the beginning of the trail. Stop to orient yourself at the map kiosk before proceeding uphill on the main path.

COR003

Location: 37.9411515, -107.8123891

Just a few hundred feet from the trailhead, bypass the bridge and the Jud Wiebe Trail to stay on the east side of Cornet Creek. The trail narrows as it climbs alongside the flowing water.

COR004

Location: 37.9419807, -107.8118741

Climb several short switchbacks above the creek. It's a rocky, hard-packed trail but it is loose in places: watch your step.

COR005

Location: 37.9427422, -107.8104901

The trail ends short of the fall's drop zone. If you decide to continue to the base of the shower, do so with caution. The rocky slope on the bowl's east side is loose and difficult to traverse.

Cornet Falls

Location: 37.9430807, -107.8104257

A hiker standing near the free-falling water from Cornet Creek.

Trailhead

Location: 37.9403308, -107.8127003

The trailhead on Aspen Street is also the beginning of the popular Jud Wiebe Trail.

Bridge

Location: 37.9411092, -107.8123677

Bypass this bridge that begins the Jud Wiebe Trail.

Trail

Location: 37.94116, -107.8123891

This unmarked route bypasses the sign.

Steep

Location: 37.9425815, -107.8112197

The trail is steep in some sections and though hard-packed, it can also have loose rocks that make it slick.

Steps

Location: 37.9421499, -107.8117669

View

Location: 37.9429453, -107.8108335

Looking back toward Telluride from the area near Cornet Falls.