Sneffels Highline

Uncompahgre National Forest, Colorado

Distance7.9mi
Elevation Gain7,043ft
Trailhead Elevation9,633ft
Top12,278ft
Elevation Min/Max9633/12278ft
Elevation Start/End9633/9633ft

Sneffels Highline

Sneffels Highline is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in San Miguel County, Colorado. It is within Mount Sneffels Wilderness Area and Uncompahgre National Forest. It is 7.9 miles long and begins at 9,633 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 16.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 7,043 feet. The Mill Creek Basin Backcountry Camp site can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Mill Creek Waterline.

Sneffels Highline Professional Reviews and Guides

"Although you would never know it by looking at the Uncompahgre National Forest map, a number of interesting trails explore the rugged mountain slopes north of Telluride. Perhaps the most intriguing route is the Sneffels High Line Trail.

Completed in the summer of 1990, this loop trail connects several older routes with newly constructed sections to climb steeply above timberline. Traversing two alpine basins, this hike reveals some beguiling views along the way."

"Where else but in Telluride could one ever expect to find a scenic 13-mile alpine loop trail that begins practically in the center of town! The Sneffels Highline Trail is a Colorado classic, and it is a fitting addition to one of the most interesting and picturesque towns in the state. Telluride is almost completely surrounded by mountains, and hiking is a popular summer sport among its residents.

Many of the nearby trails and bike paths follow old mining roads that were built during the first half of the last century. Some sections of the Sneffels Highline Trail also follow these older trails, but in 1990 the Forest Service undertook a project to create a loop by connecting several of the older trails north of the city."

"Nestled into a narrow box canyon in a precipitous range of peaks, the town of Ouray fancies itself as “America’s Switzerland.” Few could argue with this characterization when considering the sheer, knife-edge ridges and craggy peaks of the nearby Mount Sneffels Wilderness. Designated in 1980, Mount Sneffels could easily be Colorado’s most spectacular wilderness, particularly in early fall when fresh snow lightly dusts the banded layers of rock towering above auburn tundra grasses. While the peaks and serrated ridges are incomparably dramatic, this area offers relatively little in the way of biological diversity because of the fact that the vast majority of the wilderness consists of largely vertical rock and ice slopes.

Blossoms of every hue imaginable unleash shutter-clicking frenzies as amateur and professional photographers attempt to capture the intense blues, yellows, reds, and whites of columbines, Indian paintbrush, arnica, phlox, and lupine—a kaleidoscope of color. This trail guide includes descriptions of Mount Sneffels, Blue Lakes, Sneffels Highline Trail, and Yankee Boy Basin to Blue Lakes, Second Box Canyon, Piedra Hot Springs, Skunk Creek, Devil Mountain/Second Box Canyon, Piedra River Trail, East Creek to Beaver Meadows, and Sheep Creek to Baldy Mountain."

Sneffels Highline Reviews

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7/1/2009
This is one of my favorite hikes in the Telluride area. We started at 5:30am from the Telluride gondola and did the route in an anti-clockwise direction. The initial bit to the saddle is steep,with excellant vistas. The descent leads through a valley that is filled with columbine, indian paint brushes, etc. Motivated hikers can finish before the noon rain-shower sets in.
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8/3/2008
Great trail with incredible views and wildflowers. Going counterclockwise from the Jud Weibe trail, the first two hours are strenuous, but not too difficult. After that, it is mostly downhill and easy, but long.
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8/19/2007
We started this trail from town in Telluride. Absolutely awesome scenary in the basin area. Saw only a handful of other hikers in the 9 hours on the trail, but saw a "herd" of elk and other wildlife, and a waterfall. Highly recommended for an all day high.
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4/21/2004
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Trail Information

Uncompahgre National Forest
Nearby City
Uncompahgre National Forest
Parks
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Mount Sneffels Wilderness Area, Uncompahgre National Forest
Local Contacts
Telluride (USGS)
Local Maps

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Oct 2018