Bear Creek Falls
Bear Creek Falls
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Scenic waterfalls that tumble down into Telluride's box canyon in the San Juan Mountains.
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Bkbak
Tempe, AZ1,353 contributions
This is always a winner. It's also quite an elevation gain. Keep looking over the edge to the left once the trail starts running parallel to the mountain across the creek as there a great views of the creek. The flow was quite low compared to what we've seen during summer months. Beautiful Fall codlors.
Written October 18, 2020
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bergenfamily2013
Ridgewood, NJ301 contributions
I am so surprised that this hike was rated as easy as it was definitely not for us (we came from sea level so the altitude was no joke!). But the views were wonderful and I am glad that we didn't turn around. We saw only a couple of other people on the trail and were the last people to finish the trail just before sunset.
Written August 20, 2021
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stijntailly
Waregem, Belgium312 contributions
Started this trail first thing in the morning on a seasonally crisp Sunday morning in September, around 7 a.m., not so much because we really wanted to, but because we hadn't gotten around to hiking this one the day before and because it came highly recommended. Following the trail, which starts at the end of South Pine Street, isn't too hard, but make sure you don't miss the cutoff after about 2 miles. You'll technically follow the Wasatch Trail for most of the hike, only to make a left after those 2 miles, following a short spur that will take you to Bear Creek Falls, a sight for sore eyes even with limited flow rate. With the word 'bear' in the name of the trail, I kept an ear out for them and my eyes peeled, but didn't see any. We did come across a number of other hikers and runners on the way back, from 8 a.m. onwards, proving that this trail, just like the Jud Wiebe Trail, is a local favorite.
Written February 26, 2020
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Adventurers11805
Charlotte, NC180 contributions
After Judd Falls in Gothic/Crested Butte Colorado this hike is our fav. It took us nearly 4 hours to complete as we stopped many times to take picture and selfies. It was a beautiful sunny, cool day. We rate it on the difficult side as we're not used to the altitude so we took our time. I'm sure the locals consider it a moderate hike. Its nearly 4.5 miles round trip. Our visit at the falls was magnificent. We lingered for 1/2 hour along with many other hikers. The first part of the hike is rocky and ascending, then it flattens out a bit and the last 1/2 mile is steep. The mountain views during the hike are inspiring. Wear good hiking footwear as the trail is very rocky and will take a toll on your feet. Also pack some water.
Written June 4, 2022
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LizB
Ohio586 contributions
Friends
We hiked this trail twice in a week - not too challenging for our lowland lungs and wide trail so we could social distance. We could hear the sounds of the creek for most of the hike and there are several side trails to see other views of the creek. Final trail to the upper falls is steep. Go early to get more shade and avoid the crowds who seem to start up about 9-10:00. We noted that at most 20 percent of hikers wore masks and that many do not seem to even try to maintain social distance.
Written July 10, 2020
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gypsymoth05
Tyler, TX62 contributions
Family
We had adults and children ages 7-12.
We made it! I wouldn’t say this hike was easy but if you take your time and are at least a little in shape, you’ll be fine!
The hike is 99% up hill.
We hiked 1.5 hours up. When you get to the huge bolder and you think your done...don’t stop!!! Keep going up the trail to the waterfall!! If you can touch the waterfall you know you are at the top!

Don’t quit. The last hike up to the waterfall is worth the hike!!

Took us 30/45 minutes to get down to the trailhead.
Written August 15, 2021
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fellowfoodie26
Dallas, TX39 contributions
Family
Rated as intermediate, I’d say it’s a bit tough due to the length and incline along the way as well as adjusting to high altitude (we did this the day after our arrival to Mountain Village), especially if you go beyond the gigantic boulder at the end and climb the trail to the right to get closer to the waterfalls. My hiking sticks saved my knees and irrevocably helped me complete the approximate 5.2 mile hike back to the starting point at the end of Pine St./river. Bear Creek was definitely one of my family’s favorite hike among the many excursions. It was relatively “easy” for my teen son, but there was some huffing on my part. Take as many breaks as needed, bring plenty of water, wear sunscreen and mosquito repellent, and pace yourself—it took my family about 4 hours with plentiful picture-taking. Wondrous views of verdant trees and greenery, scattered along the never ending San Juan mountains, and the peaceful, rushing river along the way all made an unforgettable impression for us all.
Written July 6, 2022
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QSMcN
Amelia Island, FL161 contributions
Couples
Beautiful cool morning for the supposedly
“ easy” hike to Bear Creek Falls. Gradual assent/ a little flat/ more assent. Once you get to the huge boulder at the falls there is a rather steep scramble up rocks but the end view is worth it all. Plenty of spots to relax, eat a snack, take some pictures and head back down - the easy part.

Written September 20, 2020
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Jen
Bakersfield, CA44 contributions
We did all three waterfall hikes while visiting telluride and this was my all time favorite. There was a steep incline almost the entire way up. So if u have bad knees, u have been forewarned. The pay off at the end was completely worth it. The view along the way was beautiful. You could see the mountains and also the meadows. Definitely a must do hike! We spent about 3 hours round trip.
Written July 28, 2020
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Colleen C
Middleton, WI297 contributions
My husband and I didn't do the hike (I didn't actually even know there was a hike), but we stopped at the pull off on the Million Dollar Highway to see the falls from above. It was pretty with a beautiful light blue pool at the bottom. What made this stop even more interesting, though, was the fact that just across the valley was the Uncompahgre River (I believe), which was the weirdest (and yet really amazing) shade of yellow/orange! A woman who overheard my husband and I wondering out loud mentioned that is because of run off from the local mines. That made for a unique stop.
Written November 16, 2020
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