Bear Creek Falls

Distance: 4.6 miles (round trip)

Uncompahgre National Forest, near Telluride in Southwest Colorado

View of Bear Creek Falls

View of Bear Creek Falls

 

This half day hike up Bear Creek Canyon offers scenic views of the rugged cliffs lining the canyon and ends at a pretty waterfall. It’s a nice option if you have limited time or just want an easy day. (full description)

  • Distance: 4.6 miles (round trip) to Bear Creek Falls
  • Elevation: 8,800-ft. at Trailhead
    9,940-ft. at Bear Creek Falls
  • Elevation Gain: 1,140-ft. to Bear Creek Falls
  • Difficulty: easy-moderate
  • Basecamp: Telluride
  • Region: Southwest Colorado

Why Hike Bear Creek Falls

A pretty waterfall and scenic views of the rugged cliffs lining Bear Creek canyon is your reward for hiking 2.3 miles up the Bear Creek trail from Telluride. The popular trail, which is shared with bikers and horseback riders, is a good workout and great way to acclimate. The trail connects with the Wasatch trail that heads further up the canyon and provides options for longer loop hikes to Telluride’s ski area and Bridal Veil basin.

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Elevation Profile

Elevation Profile Bear Creek Falls

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