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Bridal Veil Trail #636

Intermediate
 4.5 (6)

A steady climb with ever more rewarding views.


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4.9

Miles

7.9

KM

76%

Runnable

13,003' 3,963 m

High

10,354' 3,156 m

Low

2,656' 810 m

Up

7' 2 m

Down

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

35%

Max Grade (19°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Runner Notes

A wide and rocky doubletrack that isn't too hard to navigate - just come ready to climb!

Description

The Bridal Veil Trail starts at the road closure gate where the road splits near Bridal Veil Power Station. If you have a higher clearance vehicle and are not afraid of heights, you can drive up to the trailhead and park along the road.

Take a moment to appreciate the stunning views of toward downtown Telluride from the trailhead before beginning your run. After climbing through the gate proceed south on an old mining road past the privately-owned powerhouse. Please stay on the trail and respect the private property.

The trail is a rough doubletrack that climbs alongside and above Bridal Veil Creek which rushes through a narrow canyon with a variety of cascades and mini-waterfalls. Depending on the time of year, you may see many seasonal waterfalls flowing into the creek from the east and west sides of the basin - some of these cross the trail so if you are running in the early spring, be ready for wet feet and for sections of trail that more closely resemble a small river due to the snowmelt.

Along the way, there will be opportunities to take side trails to Silver Lake and Blue Lake. At about mile 3.5, the trail passes within view of the Lewis Mill and Lewis Lake. The Mill, recently placed on the National Register of Historic Places, is a 5-story structure that served as a 60-ton capacity ore concentration facility in the early 1900's. The structure is owned by San Miguel County who reroofed the mill building in 2006.

At its terminus, the trail intersects with the Wasatch Trail #508 and the Blixt Trail #508.1A.

Flora & Fauna

An assortment of wildflowers along the creek and in the meadows above treeline.

Contacts

Shared By:

Kristen Arendt

Trail Ratings

  4.5 from 6 votes

#7

in Telluride

#6883

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Trail Rankings

#7

in Telluride

#525

in Colorado

#6,883

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Photos

Telluride Box Canyon (westward view).
Jul 25, 2016 near Telluride, CO
Looking back into the canyon before the Blue Lake cut.
Jun 27, 2021 near Telluride, CO
A panoramic shot of Bridal Veil Falls.
Jul 5, 2016 near Telluride, CO
Looking out over the Bridal Veil Power Station and the bottom of Black Bear Pass.
Jul 5, 2016 near Telluride, CO
View of Telluride Valley
Jun 17, 2021 near Telluride, CO
Waterfalls on Bridal Veil Trail
Jun 17, 2021 near Telluride, CO

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Jun 4, 2018
Galina Melamed
Uphill from falls to Junction. Quite wet, definitely early season