Trails

Summer in Telluride brings festivals, outdoor dining, iced coffees and friendly main street conversations. But venture just a few blocks beyond town, to any one of the trailheads, and summer in Telluride will also bring waterfalls, wild flowers, mountain lakes and sightings of wildlife. Here is a selection of trails that will remind you why Telluride’s real charm may just be outside the town. These descriptions are brief teasers. 

Before journeying into the backcountry, consult complete hike descriptions and a map, check the weather, and be prepared with adequate food, water and clothing. Local Susan Kees’ Telluride Hiking Guide is a useful companion.

Summer Trails

Ajax Peak

Alta Lakes

Alta Lakes

Ballard Boardinghouse

Ballard Boardinghouse

Basin Trail

Basin Trail

Bear Creek Header

Bear Creek Trail

Bike Path Photo

Bike Path

Bilk Creek

Bilk Creek Basin

Black Bear Pass

Black Bear Pass

Blue Lake

Blue Lake

Blue Lakes

Blue Lakes

Bridal Veil

Bridal Veil Falls

Coonskin Trail

Coonskin Loop Trail