Telluride offers much to do come summer; visitors can also explore hiking trails, alpine lakes, waterfalls, and much more.
At 11,220 feet above sea level, these lakes are a sonnet-worthy area of crystal-clear alpine lakes and may well be some of the highest you’ll ever paddle on, whether on a stand-up paddleboard or in a kayak. Even at that altitude, the three Alta Lakes sit in a small basin between the 13,470-foot Silver Mountain and Bald Mountain at 11,868 feet. Even well into the summer, snow patches lurk in the shaded nooks in the steep slopes above the lakes.
Camping is primitive—don’t expect running water, much less a hot shower—but it’s precisely this lack of frivolities that keeps the area so pure. Area residents love Alta for its hiking and mountain biking trails, making for the perfect Instagram. When you’re done exploring in nature, be sure to stop by the hamlet of Alta itself, a former mining boomtown that looks like a spaghetti western set.
You may want to consider hiring a guide outfit like Telluride Boot Doctors; they will take care of the details like gear, lunch, and driving.
Bear Creek Trail
Love hiking? This one’s for you; a simple day hike suitable for the entire family. Head to the end of South Pine Street in Telluride follow onto the Bear Creek Trail, a 2.5-mile path that leads to a jaw-dropping waterfall.
The popular trail is as easy going as the Telluride locals ( wide and well-marked), and gains about 1,000 feet of elevation, offering spectacular views. Keep going– you won’t regret it! The path connects with the Wasatch Trail and Bridal Veil Basin.
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