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Bear Creek Falls

Telluride, CO
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Ranked #4 of 26 attractions in Telluride
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Waterfalls, Hiking Trails
Activities: Hiking
Description: Scenic waterfalls that tumble down into Telluride's box canyon in the San Juan Mountains.
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English first
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9 reviews 9 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

It's a nice path (former logging road) - pretty easy hike, but the altitude caused us to pause quite a few times. Worth it though, don't stop at the lower falls, keep going to the upper (lower falls are about 1/2 to 2/3 of the total way to the top. Be sure to bring water.

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San Mateo, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Suggest wearing hiking boots but not totally necessary. Good hike with some points that are challenging. It's the elevation that gets you more than anything. Hiking to the falls is well worth it and great exercise to boot.

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Kansas City
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147 reviews 147 reviews
9 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

For someone coming from a low elevation and flat land, this is a slightly strenuous hike. I love this hike and have to stop to catch my breath sometimes. The views are spectacular. Be sure to take a camera if this is you first time. Also be sure to take a backpack for water, Kleenex, and maybe bug spray. This... More

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Libertyville
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44 reviews 44 reviews
24 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

I love a moderate hike when there is a payout at the end. There is quite a bit of elevation change with this 2 mile hike to Bear Creek Falls. My little flatlander lungs had just arrived the day before, so pardon me if I call this a moderately strenuous hike. I saw people carrying 4 year olds in backpacks... More

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Durham, North Carolina
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Cairn meadow, good photo angles at higher mountain peaks, and cooling falls at top make this an easy hike worthwhile.

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York, Pennsylvania
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116 reviews 116 reviews
60 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

This is a gentle incline for most of the 2.5 miles, with some lovely surprises and beautiful stops along the way. Choose the upper path when the trail forks, and continue on the significantly smaller, windier and steeper (in places) path right up to the base of the falls. Stand before them and feel the power, or stand behind them... More

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loomis ca
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253 reviews 253 reviews
72 attraction reviews
177 helpful votes 177 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

If you have a couple of hours and enjoy walking in nature, take this gentle hike. Family friendly. Destination is a beautiful waterfall.

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Austin, United States
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6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Bear Creek Falls' hike was just our second after arriving in Telluride - first was Cornet Creek Falls. This is a nice incline up to the falls with tons of great scenery for photos. The path is plenty wide and mostly dirt/sand and small stones. Give it a try!

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British Columbia, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

The visitors centre recommended this hike as an easy to moderate hike. The hike starts right from town and steadily climbs along a wide, well used trail along the creek. As I am not used to the such high elevation this hike was perfect as it wasn't too difficult. The views of the waterfalls, the valley and surrounding mountains were... More

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Scottsdale
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This trail was close to the town and not too busy the day we hiked. The views as we headed up the box canyon were spectacular, with snow on the peaks and brilliant blue summer sky framing them. Although we were a bit winded hiking at elevation (we are desert dwellers), it was well worth the time spent hiking to... More

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