Telluride, CO: Jud Wiebe Trail

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.
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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.

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

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 5.7

Waypoints

JUD001

Location: 37.9378939, -107.8137517

From Colorado Avenue, turn north on Aspen Street and climb the pavement toward the trailhead about 3 blocks north.

JUD002

Location: 37.9406015, -107.8126252

Three large rocks and a map kiosk mark the trailhead on Aspen Street. Continue uphill on the dirt path and turn left to cross the footbridge over Cornet Creek.

JUD003

Location: 37.9478779, -107.8186172

Continue on the wider, main trail by bearing right at this 3-way junction with the Deep Creek Trail.

JUD004

Location: 37.9482078, -107.8178072

Turn right at the 3-way junction, following the sign along the Jud Wiebe Trail. Up ahead, you'll cross Butcher Creek and continue a mellow climb before a series of steep switchbacks.

JUD005

Location: 37.9454793, -107.8137249

This bench just before the loop's high point is at 10,000 feet above sea level (and about 1,200 feet above Telluride). As you round the bend, the narrow trail turns downhill through a shady grove of aspen.

JUD006

Location: 37.9453143, -107.8063488

After a short climb that ends with a few rocky steps, turn right at a wide-open, 3-way junction in Liberty Bell Flats. There's an easy southbound climb from here, but the trail turns steeply downhill just a few hundred yards from this junction.

JUD007

Location: 37.9424038, -107.8078508

A series of short, steep switchbacks begins about 0.5 mile above the road. Loose rocks congregate in the corners, so watch your step.

JUD008

Location: 37.9394931, -107.8066921

The rocky trail joins a rough road at this trailhead on Tomboy Road. Turn right and pass hillside houses on the last bit of downhill toward town. Tomboy Road intersects Oak Street just one block east of the trailhead where this route began.

View of Telluride

Location: 37.9451409, -107.815243

Rocky corners on the final switchbacking climb offer unobstructed views of town, but continue uphill toward a rest-worthy bench up ahead.

Map

Location: 37.94061, -107.812475

An information and map kiosk marks the beginning of the Jud Wiebe Trail.

Bridge

Location: 37.9411346, -107.8123891

Turn left to cross this bridge over Cornet Creek.

Town

Location: 37.9435799, -107.818011

Climbing is made easier with occasional breath-catching glances back toward town.

Lichen

Location: 37.9448701, -107.8180701

Close up views on the trail, like this colorful lichen, are also worth investigating.

Bench

Location: 37.9455005, -107.8135157

This bench offers respite near the hike's halfway and high points. Stop to enjoy the view before finishing the climb.

Bridge

Location: 37.946465, -107.806263

This small bridge cruises atop Cornet Creek.

Climb

Location: 37.946245, -107.8063059

A terraced climb after the river crossing.