Wasatch Trail #508
ElevationAscent: 3,449' 1,051 m
Descent: -108' -33 m
High: 13,055' 3,979 m
Low: 9,675' 2,949 m
GradeAvg Grade: 15% (8°)
Max Grade: 66% (33°)
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“A steep incline brings you out of Telluride and into mountainous backcountry.”— Mikhaila Redovian
As you begin to gain elevation, take in the views of the steeply eroded drainage. Soon enough, you'll find yourself traversing open alpine meadows. In the spring and early summer, the meadows are filled with wildflowers, and your best chance to view wildlife will be in this portion.
As you continue, you'll crest the San Joaquin ridge, which will take you to the Wasatch saddle. From here, you can return the way you came, take a short jaunt up the Blixt Trail to gain the summit of Oscar's Pass, or drop into the Bridal Veil Falls drainage to return to town via a different route.
Strenuous, but rewarding, this is a great trail if you're in the Telluride area.
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Land Manager: USFS - San Juan National Forest Office