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Bear Creek Canyon - 6 members in 9 triplogs have rated this an average 4.3 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Aug 18 2018
friendofThundergod
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39 male
 Joined Jan 21 2013
 AZ
Bear Creek CanyonWest, AZ
West, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 18 2018
friendofThundergod
Hiking6.50 Miles 1,364 AEG
Hiking6.50 Miles   2 Hrs   17 Mns   2.87 mph
1,364 ft AEG      1 Min Break
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This trail was a tad busy for me, but it was a good way to kill some time while hiding from rain showers and thunderstorms on Saturday.

The trail is heavily trafficked and the path is more of a road in most spots, but the waterfalls are definitely worthy destinations. The most difficult part about this trail is finding a parking spot. I think I ended up parking about a half a mile away from the trailhead.

This would be an ideal option for less avid hikers and families.
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Jan 14 2018
arizona_water
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31 male
 Joined Mar 06 2016
 Salt River Valle
Bear Creek CanyonWest, CO
West, CO
Snowshoeing avatar Jan 14 2018
arizona_water
Snowshoeing2.64 Miles 499 AEG
Snowshoeing2.64 Miles   1 Hour   22 Mns   2.17 mph
499 ft AEG      9 Mns Break
 
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With the lack of precipitation and general winter in the Valley of the Sun, I've been trying to make every attempt to experience snow as often as possible. Every so often, one of these trips turns out to be more spectacular than I imagined. Snowshoeing on the Bear Creek Trail was one of these exceptional experiences. We had a full day of activities in Telluride, so we only went part of the way to Upper Bear Creek Falls. Regardless of distance, every step was a breathtaking view of the dramatic San Juans, blanketed in white.

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Sep 15 2015
nonot
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 Joined Nov 18 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Bear Creek CanyonWest, CO
West, CO
Hiking avatar Sep 15 2015
nonot
Hiking5.20 Miles 1,020 AEG
Hiking5.20 Miles   2 Hrs   20 Mns   2.23 mph
1,020 ft AEG
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This is an enjoyable hike. The grade is moderate enough that you aren't huffing and puffing. The aspens are about 2 weeks from prime time. Both lower and upper waterfalls are nice, and access is right to the base of the upper waterfall.

Tip: the city park area allows for 4 hour parking, which is enough time to complete this hike with some to spare. You can hike along the San Miguel River trail for a little bit to connect.
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate

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Jun 19 2015
PrestonSands
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44 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Bear Creek CanyonWest, CO
West, CO
Hiking avatar Jun 19 2015
PrestonSands
Hiking6.00 Miles 1,270 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles
1,270 ft AEG
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Roamed around Telluride for a bit during a break from the bluegrass festival, and then took an evening hike up to upper Bear Creek Falls. The massive cliffs and rocky peaks above us glowed orange in the setting sun as we basked in the beauty of the falls. We saw a porcupine on the way down, and made it back to town before dark. Beautiful hike!
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Sep 25 2014
AZWanderingBear
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 Guides 27
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65 male
 Joined Jan 23 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Bear Creek CanyonWest, CO
West, CO
Hiking avatar Sep 25 2014
AZWanderingBear
Hiking4.80 Miles 1,020 AEG
Hiking4.80 Miles
1,020 ft AEG
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Spending the night in Telluride on a 10-day road trip odessey. This trail began just behind our hotel. Beautiful easy hike with lots of scenery. Met a nice lady along the way who joined us.
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Aug 19 2014
a_goeman
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44 female
 Joined Sep 30 2006
 Cave Creek, AZ
Bear Creek CanyonWest, CO
West, CO
Hiking avatar Aug 19 2014
a_goeman
Hiking4.80 Miles 1,020 AEG
Hiking4.80 Miles
1,020 ft AEG
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A lovely hike with trailhead accessible from Telluride. Love how many trailheads start in town! It starts on Pine street, and you walk along a wide jeep trail road for a while. The elevation gain is very gentle - and as a result, this is a very popular part of the hike. It does get steeper, and the population gets thinner. :) At one point about 3/4 up the trail you come to an area of cairns....literally hundreds of cairns. We called it Hobbit Land...another couple were hiking to that area seeking what they'd heard as "Little Hawaii." It's strange, but a fun place to take a break (and add to the collection). The first time we did this hike was in November 2013 and we show shoed to the lower falls. This time we went up to the upper falls - amazing water fall!! You can get under the falls if you want. We liked this so much we hiked it again with our friends a couple days later.
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Aug 17 2011
trailzrus
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 Routes 69
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68 male
 Joined Jul 24 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Bear Creek CanyonWest, CO
West, CO
Hiking avatar Aug 17 2011
trailzrus
Hiking4.74 Miles 1,020 AEG
Hiking4.74 Miles
1,020 ft AEG
 
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Another beautiful falls in Telluride. This trail is very popular and has great views. Highly recommend to anyone spending time in Telluride. Easy access at the end of Pine Street.
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Jun 15 2011
azdesert
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58 female
 Joined Mar 14 2007
 Phoenix, AZ
Bear Creek CanyonWest, CO
West, CO
Hiking avatar Jun 15 2011
azdesert
Hiking7.70 Miles 3,181 AEG
Hiking7.70 Miles   3 Hrs   40 Mns   2.10 mph
3,181 ft AEG
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Bear Peak West Ridge trail up and Fern Canyon down.
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Jul 20 2007
Grasshopper
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 Joined Dec 28 2006
 Scottsdale, AZ
Bear Creek Cyn & Wasatch TR#508 to PassWest, CO
West, CO
Hiking avatar Jul 20 2007
Grasshopper
Hiking8.50 Miles 2,911 AEG
Hiking8.50 Miles   5 Hrs   10 Mns   1.82 mph
2,911 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
 
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This in-town Telluride hike start receives great reviews and I can now confirm why :)

This out and back hike rated intermediate for the strenuous, but spectacular Wasatch TR#508 segment to the high pass/divide at 13k', also includes the scenic and enjoyable Bear Creek Canyon Trail to its end at the lower falls .. http://hikearizona.com/photo.php?ZIP=206086 and upper falls .. http://hikearizona.com/photo.php?ZIP=180246

This combination of two interesting, very scenic, and historic mining area(TR#508) hikes provides a full day outing and gives one the feeling of being remote yet knowing your TH Start was in town.

There are actually three hike options available within this hike description:

..The "Bear Creek Canyon" out & back hike only: 4.8 miles R/T & 2062'AEG;
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..The "Bear Creek Canyon" segment in & the entire "Wasatch TR#508": 12.5mls R/T & ~4700'AEG;
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..The "Bear Creek Canyon" segment to Lwr/Upr Falls & back to "Wasatch TR#508" to include the entire TR#508 to the high pass/divide at 13k': 13.0 miles R/T & 4911'AEG;
:sweat: :sweat: :sweat:

I attempted hike option #3 above but was unsuccessful in hiking to trail end at the high pass/divide due primarily to a late start and some serious storm clouds appearing on the horizon. My hike in on TR#508 ended at 11.6k'as noted on my posted 7/20 GPS Track and associated waypoint reference.

An excellent hike day #3 out of Telluride within the Uncompahgre National Forest.
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