Bear Creek drains the high peaks and basins immediately south of Telluride. In 1995, the San Miguel Conservation Foundation and the Town of Telluride acquired 320 acres adjacent to town and designated it as the Bear Creek Preserve. The preserve was recently expanded to include a total of 381 acres.
The Bear Creek Trail trailhead can be accessed at the southern end of South Pine Street in Telluride. Finding some on-street parking for the trailhead can be problematic. The trail follows an old roadbed, and provides an easy, low-gradient approach into the valley. Roberts' guidebook (2005:253) indicates that the ice flows in the lower gorge can be reached after only a 20-minute hike. The area of the main Bear Creek Falls lies much farther in, about 2.5 miles up the canyon.
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A popular summertime attraction, Bear Creek Falls forms up in winter into a pretty decent, moderate ice flow with lots of options. The main falls form the centerpiece, and Burns' guidebook (1997:133-135) describes several options to the left, right, up, and down as well....[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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