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Bear Creek Falls

Hwy 550, Telluride, CO 81427
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What a beautiful surprise when you get to the waterfall, so peaceful!! I had to do it again, many... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Phoenix, Arizona
Worth the effort

I live at sea level so I took my time on this hike. The trail head in town starts at 9000' and... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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Scenic waterfalls that tumble down into Telluride's box canyon in the San Juan Mountains.
  • Excellent79%
  • Very good19%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“great hike” (53 reviews)
“easy hike” (18 reviews)
Suggested Duration: < 1 hour
Hwy 550, Telluride, CO 81427

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Reviewed 2 days ago

What a beautiful surprise when you get to the waterfall, so peaceful!! I had to do it again, many times over!! My pups loved it!!

Thank tn0v0tny
Reviewed 3 days ago

I live at sea level so I took my time on this hike. The trail head in town starts at 9000' and acsends to 10,000' at the waterfall. It's a bit rocky and wide at the beginning. The last 100 yards gets narrow and steep....More

Thank fishingchic
Reviewed 4 days ago

The hike to Bear Creek Falls leaves right from the edge of Telluride. It's not too strenuous, quite a bit of uphill going in but the path is wide and smooth, no real rugged terrain. We did it as our first hike, when we were...More

Thank Randall E
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Did this today. It's an incredibly well maintained and, in most parts, wide trail. I had read several posts as to the varying opinions on the difficulty of the hike, from easy to very hard. I think it all depends on your fitness level and...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Family w 2 teens did 3 mile hike in August. As experienced Colorado hikers, this is a great moderate hike with family. Gradual incline, shaded about half the time with spectacular views and a big waterfall at end. May be a tough hike for kids...More

Thank JackinDenver
Reviewed 1 week ago

Access to this trail is right in town so you don't have to fuss with driving/parking. The 2.5mile hike is a climb but it's shaded and wide and alongside water so you hear the babbling brook during the hike. The falls at the end are...More

Thank TexasLonghorn6
Reviewed 1 week ago

Waterfall at the end is amazing. well worth the 2.5 mile hike! Hike is more like an uphill walk. not too technical.

Thank Jesse H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a nice hike! Gradual incline, nice terrain and plenty of beautiful views. The flowing water near by was perfect. The waterfall was the perfect end. What got me was the spiritual place- the stacking stones. Absolutely amazing! This should be a starter hike...More

Thank Natalie S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great for a hot day because there's lots of shade and it's not steep. Cool "garden" of cairns midway along the trail.

Thank snubbosass
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was an easy to moderate hike with beautiful views, flowers, and water falls. We took our time hiking out and back - 3 hours. The trails were mostly wide, which is good because the tail is popular!

Thank natly90
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David S
26 November 2016|
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Response from swisstravelfreak | Reviewed this property |
I think you could if you have spikes for the bottom of your shoes. Shouldn't be a issue.
25 June 2016|
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Response from murphy2 | Reviewed this property |
2 miles up alright. Like straight up. In snow and ice it would be a bear. I wouldn't do it.