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Black Bear Road

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

7.5 mile 12.1 kilometer point to point
72% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 2,569' 783 m
Descent: -1,849' -564 m
High: 12,827' 3,910 m
Low: 10,349' 3,154 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 11% (6°)
Max Grade: 38% (21°)

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Trail shared by Emma Healy

A one-way road that is a notorious jeep trail and one of the more difficult mountain passes in the country.

Emma Healy

Features River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers

Runner Notes

The first few switchbacks are pretty slick, lots of loose rock.

Description

To get to the trailhead in the summertime, drive up the road to Bridal Veil Falls and park at the top - as far as you feel comfortable going. The road up is not a leisurely drive, you'll need a high-clearance 4x4 vehicle.

Black Bear Road, which is a one-way road that is a notorious jeep trail, is one of the more difficult mountain passes in the country to my knowledge. It is pretty easy to follow and moderately trafficked. When you cross the creek the first time there is some really cool old mining equipment, as well as incredible views of the valley off the trail to the left.

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#11

in Telluride

#955

in Colorado

#10,117

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Telluride Box Canyon (westward view).
Jul 25, 2016 near Telluride, CO
Small waterfall and old mining building
Jun 21, 2018 near Telluride, CO

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