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The peaks of the rugged San Juan Mountains around Telluride require some scrambling, occasionally bordering on real climbing, to get to the top. A local favorite is Mount Wilson, a roughly 4,000-vertical-foot climb for which only the last 400 vertical feet call for a scramble across steep, shale slopes. July and August are the most likely snow-free months on this 8-mi round-trip hike.
Sound a bit too grueling?
Bear Creek Falls. An immensely popular trail leads to Bear Creek Falls, 2½ mi from the trailhead. The route is also used by mountain bikers. Trailhead at end of S. Pine St., Telluride, CO.
Jud Wiebe Trail. The Jud Wiebe Trail, a 3-mi loop, is an excellent hike that is generally passable from spring until late fall. The Jud Wiebe Trail links with the Sneffels Highline Trail, a 14-mi loop that leads through wildflower-covered meadows. Trailhead at north end of Aspen St., Telluride, CO.
Bridal Veil Falls. A 1.8-mi trail from the old Pandora Mill leads to spectacular Bridal Veil Falls. At 365 feet, it tumbles lavishly from the top of the box canyon. A beautifully restored powerhouse sits beside the falls. Trailhead near Pandora Mill, at the east end of Colorado Ave., Telluride, CO.
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