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Telluride Hiking Tips and Tricks

June 1, 2018

It is finally hiking season in the mountains.  The snow has melted, the trails are ready, and the views will be spectacular.  This time of year is great for hiking.  The temperature is still moderate and there are so many places to go exploring.  In Telluride there are several coveted hikes that many people love to go on to see great wildlife, flowers, and get in some exercise.  Depending on your skills and how much time you have for a hike, Telluride will have something special for you. Here you will find a few tips and tricks and special spots to go exploring.

Prepare Before You Go

One of the best things to do before hiking is to make sure your gear is prepared before you go.  Your most important piece of equipment for hiking is your footwear.  Make sure you are wearing comfortable and supportive hiking shoes or boots.  Plan on breaking in any new hiking shoes before trying to tackle strenuous hikes or long backpacking trips.  Make sure to bring adequate hydration and good food for fuel.  Plus, make sure to pack different types of layers of clothes to prepare for the unpredictable weather changes that often happen in the mountains.  Finally, bring the small things as well like sunscreen, sunglasses, a map and compass, and a small first aid kit.  By planning ahead, it will make for a much better experience.  As people say, better to bring things and not need them, then to need them and not have them.  Hiking can be a great adventure full of beauty but preparing will make for a much better experience.    

Plan Your Hike

Many people come to Colorado thinking they must tackle a 14er.  14ers are great, but there are many other coveted hikes that are very enjoyable as well.  There are so many beautiful hikes that are short, sweet, and wonderful.  One of the most popular hikes in the Telluride area is the Bear Creek Trail.  It is a 4.5 mile out and back hike that has a beautiful lake to enjoy.  This hike is rated as moderate, with an overall incline of 1092 feet.  Once at the top you can enjoy a scenic view of the Bear Creek Falls.  Hiking this trail is great for a day trip. 

If you are wanting to seek information on hiking in the area, starting June 5th the St. Sophia Nature Center will be open to the public.  Here you will find tons of information and guided hikes if you want an educational hike while enjoying the crisp mountain air. 

Another very well-known hike in Telluride is the Sneffels Highline Trail.  This hike is a bit longer, clocking in at 13.4 miles and an elevation gain of 4881 feet.  Many people decide to make this hike into a multiday trip so as to break up the longer distance a bit.  There are several waterfalls throughout the hike and many beautiful mountains views.  This hike is considered a more advanced hike, so make sure you know your skill level before deciding to go on a more technical hike like this one.

Hiking in Telluride is wonderful.  By simply planning a bit ahead of time, or maybe going on a guided tour, your experience will surely be memorable. 

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