Use the Telluride Gondola for an easier-access to Telluride's high alpine terrain.

Statistics

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hrs

526

m

1,067

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12

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Difficulty

FATMAP difficulty grade

Severe

Description

While the Wasatch Trail is most often completed as a loop, you can also access the trail from the top of the Telluride Gondola to eliminate some of the strenuous climbing.

The route shown here is a short option with a rewarding descent.

The route climbs the See Forever/Wasatch Connection trail from the top of the gondola to access the Wasatch Trail.

After about 1,700 feet of climbing, you'll reach the high point on a ridge, looking down at the Bear Creek Drainage and the stunning Wasatch trail from an incredible vantage point.

Now, it's time for the fun part! The descent 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. **Note:** In order to access the cross country trails off the top of the Telluride Gondola during bike park hours (9am-5pm), you'll need to purchase a cross country season pass (which costs $75), a bike park day ticket (which costs $62), or a bike park season pass (which costs $395).

(All prices are current as of the 2023 season.) The bike park day ticket and season pass also include the downhill trails, whereas the cross country pass does not.

Alternatively, you can either begin your ride before 9am or after 5pm to avoid this fee on the cross country trails.