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Wasatch Trail Loop


The iconic Wasatch Trail Loop beginning from downtown Telluride.

Mountain Biking Severe

25 km
1.4 km
1.4 km
3-4 hrs
Low Point
2.7 km
High Point
4 km
Wasatch Trail Loop Map

The Wasatch Trail is one of the most iconic trails in Telluride and a bonafide bucket list objective for Colorado mountain bikers. But this loop is no joke: it demands about 4,500 feet of climbing in 15 miles, rising to a sky-scraping high point of 13,061 feet.


The ride shown here begins from downtown Telluride, but you can bypass a bit of the climbing with a vehicle shuttle to Bridal Veil Falls trailhead. Regardless, you're in for a slog up a dirt road for thousands of feet before eventually reaching the singletrack. The climbing continues into the alpine, eventually reaching the Wasatch Trail's high point at 13,061 feet.

Here you'll enjoy staggering high-alpine scenery, with the jaw-dropping San Juan mountains all around you. Keep your eyes peeled for alpine wildlife, like marmots. Once done enjoying the high alpine terrain, it's time for the fun part!

The descent off the top of the pass consists of narrow singletrack running through exposed high-alpine terrain. You will have to navigate tight switchbacks, loose rocks, and exposed ledges on your way down to the Bear Creek drainage. Some sections of trail are quite exposed, with consequential fall danger.

The trail will eventually smooth out and follow a fast, flowy singletrack along the creek. You will pass by some historic mining structures and more waterfalls before popping out on the outskirts of Telluride.



Widely variable, narrow trail tread with steeper grades and unavoidable obstacles of 15in/38cm tall or less. Obstacles may include unavoidable bridges 24in/61cm wide or less, large rocks, gravel, difficult root sections, and more. Ideal for advanced-level riders.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.


3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

between July and September


  • Flow
  • Technical
  • Picturesque
  • Singletrack
  • Roots
  • Rock Gardens

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