Bear Creek

Uncompahgre National Forest, Colorado

Elevation Gain1,208ft
Trailhead Elevation8,789ft
Elevation Min/Max8789/9875ft
Elevation Start/End8789/8789ft

Bear Creek

Bear Creek is a hiking trail in San Miguel County, Colorado. It is within Uncompahgre National Forest. It is 2.2 miles long and begins at 8,789 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,208 feet. The trail ends near the Maryland Mine (elevation 9,826 feet) quarry. This trail connects with the following: Wasatch.

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Susan Joy Paul
"Bear Creek runs north from Lena Basin and into Bear Creek Canyon, south of Telluride. Cool waters slip down the cliff face and splash over red-brown rock in a translucent sheet of light and mist at Bear Creek Falls. The hike to Bear Creek Falls begins in town, and climbs steadily up an aspen-lined road south of Telluride, in the Bear Creek Preserve. Spruce and fir keep most of the hike in the shade, but you’ll soon have distant views of a waterfall cascade in the cliffs to the east, and mountaintops ahead. A faint, intermittent trail crosses the road and connects Bear Creek Trail with Bridal Veil Trail, and it’s marked with numerous cairns in the preserve."

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Trail Information

Uncompahgre National Forest
Nearby City
Uncompahgre National Forest
Uncompahgre National Forest, (970) 874-6600, <a href=""></a>; Ouray Ranger District, (970) 240-5300; Bear Creek Preserve, Telluride Parks and Recreation, (970) 728-2173
Local Contacts
DeLorme Colorado Atlas & Gazetteer: Page 76 A3; USGS Colorado Quad Map: Telluride
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