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“Perhaps my all-time favorite hike”

Ranked #21 of 58 things to do in Telluride
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Owner description: Rated as difficult and requiring experience with altitude, this scenic 13-mile hiking trail skirts the perimeter of the Sneffels Wilderness, with a 3,600 foot elevation change.
Reviewed May 15, 2014

I've done this hike 3 or 4 times now. I never get tired of it. It's a beautiful trip into the high country above Telluride. The scenery transitions several times on your way to the upper portion of the trail. The length (3 - 4 hours) is perfect for me. When you break into that upper basin and pas a beautiful waterfall, it's like the whole world opens up to you. And if you're tired toward the end of the hike, you can drop down into town and shuttle back to your car.

Thank Steve A
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Reviewed September 5, 2013

Sneffels Highline Trail Loop is a long classic of the area. I love it in both directions. Majestic scenery. Always a bit challenging to play with the weather. Can be cold at a time, be prepared like any other in Colorado!

1  Thank MissBuzz
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Reviewed August 18, 2013

A fantastic walk, but at altitude of 8750-12270 feet you will either need to be acclimatised to this altitude, or be prepared to take extra stops for breath.
Recommended to do the walk clockwise as the climbing gradient is less severe walking it this way, with a long gentle final climb in a glacial valley to a final diagonal traverse of a scree slope (path solid underfoot) to the high point. There is a beautiful waterfall in the valley which makes a good rest stop.
Views from the highpoint, which is the saddle of a ridge, is spectacular in all directions. Good views of Mountain Village and the Telluride ski slopes as clear strips in the forest form the top. but Telluride itself cannot be seen. Plenty of marmots can be heard here too.
Use of mosquito/bug repellent recommended.

3  Thank Stephcart
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Reviewed August 5, 2013

This is a challenging 13 mile hike. It rises steeply from the town of Telluride and continues above treeline into 2 spectacular basins divided by a 12,000+' pass. At the end of Aspen street take the Jed Weibe trail to the Deep Creek Trail and just keep going. Mind the weather as it can get dicey in summer with afternoon thunderstorms. The trail is easy to follow all the way.

2  Thank jcbColorado
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Reviewed February 4, 2012

Be in reasonably good shape, start early in the morning so you can be finished with the highest portion of the trail before afternoon summer thunderstorms build. Great hike. Don't hike it alone. Take food, water, layered clothing and be sure someone knows what time you left and are expected back.

Thank mbtelluride
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