This interesting loop hike features panoramic views of Telluride, Bear Creek Canyon and the distant peaks of the Lizard Head Wilderness. (full description)
This interesting loop hike, starting at the St. Sophia gondola station in the Telluride Ski Area, is actually a combination of four trails, the See Forever, the Wasatch Connector, a segment of the Wasatch trail and the Bear Creek trail, each with its own distinct personality.
Be forewarned that the See Forever portion of the hike traverses ski slopes and follows gravel ski service roads. While I am typically not a big fan of road walking or hiking in ski areas the panoramic views of peaks rising above the Telluride Valley and the Lizard Head Wilderness more than compensate for the less than desirable trail conditions for the first 2.75 miles of the hike to the Wasatch Connector trail.
Just 0.4 miles down the Wasatch Connector trail you leave the ski area behind and head for the beautiful upper basin of the Bear Creek drainage and dramatic Bear Creek Canyon. This portion of the trail enjoys wonderful views of the Wasatch basin, the incredible peaks defining the north wall of the Telluride Valley and the sculpted cliffs of the Bear Creek canyon.
Note that the 8.4-mile loop is best done in a counter-clockwise direction and involves sections of steep switchbacks gaining 1,540-ft. and dropping 3,280-ft. (Reverse the gains and losses if you hike in a clockwise direction.)
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