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Bear Creek Falls

Hwy 550, Telluride, CO 81427
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Hike to the falls

My wife and I hiked from Telluride to the falls and the hike was an easy hike with lots of places... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Jim E
Stillwater, Oklahoma
Great hike

This is a super hike to a beautiful waterfall. Trail is in good shape - watch for rocks but still... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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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” (47 reviews)
“easy hike” (16 reviews)
Suggested Duration: < 1 hour
Hwy 550, Telluride, CO 81427
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Reviewed 3 days ago

My wife and I hiked from Telluride to the falls and the hike was an easy hike with lots of places to stop and take in the scenery. The last 1/4 mile or so of the hike is a little more difficult due to narrow...More

1  Thank Jim E
Reviewed 3 days ago

This is a super hike to a beautiful waterfall. Trail is in good shape - watch for rocks but still a great hike. Lots of people and dogs - great fun.

Thank sosantafe
Reviewed 6 days ago

Great hike to go on, right from the center of town. Nice mountain views looking both up and back down. It's about 4 1/2 miles round trip on a moderate trail but at @ 9000 feet elevation - so if you're a bit winded you'll...More

1  Thank Pierre R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A breathtaking hike...absolutely gorgeous the entire way. We came during the first week of June and there were still patches of snow and snow-capped mountains, but the trail also had beautiful greenery and flowers. The falls are tall and beautiful. Thanks to the time that...More

1  Thank HikingPoodle
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Telluride is becoming one of our favorite getaway spots in CO. This little gem of a hike was so fun and gorgeous that we did it back to back mornings on our most recent visit.

Thank Jamie P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

In the morning: Walked from the campground to Lower Bear Creek Falls, which was a neat place, but the water was running high enough that I decided not to cross the water (which I assume went to the upper falls) because I didn't want to...More

Thank BeckyAurora
Reviewed 16 May 2017

Great hike during the May down season. We were concerned about muddy conditions but it was not bad at all. There were still a few areas with snow on the ground but overall dry. Beautiful views throughout the hike

Thank Erin D
Reviewed 11 April 2017

We hiked here right after ski hill closed. Conditions were fine, did not need snow shoes. Falls were still frozen but that was unique perspective. Super easy hike starting right in town, trail head easy to find and follow

Thank Paul A
Reviewed 19 March 2017

This was a very scenic hike, with the trailhead conveniently located right in town. Wasn't sure if I would need snowshoes or not. Kinda wish I had had them, as I fell through numerous times, but it was such a pleasant outing anyway. Seems like...More

Thank LynetteWicks
Reviewed 15 March 2017

This is a great in town hike. Go early in the morning as it can have mosquito's later in the day. Take a little picnic and make sure you go to top, the last part is a tiny scramble but the waterfall is definitely worth...More

1  Thank janicebywaters
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David S
Is this something you can do in the winter months?
25 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.
How far is this trail and what is it like? My husband and I both have bad knees but daughter wants to go hiking
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.