Wasatch Trail For Mountain Biking

The 56th most popular mountain bike trail in Colorado.

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South of Telluride, the Wasatch Trail is a scenic 17 mile loop (4,550) combines dirt roads past the Bridal Veil Falls, the Wasatch Trail and a descent by the Bear Creek Canyon waterfalls. Don t underestimate this loop -- it could be the most difficult route in the US.

From town, mountain bike ride east on Colorado Avenue for 2 miles up to Pandora Mill. As the road turns to dirt, climb another 2 miles (1200) to the top of Bridal Veil Falls. At the fork, stay right through the gate past the old power plant. Up ahead, look for a side trip to Silver Lake. Continue up to the junction with Blue Lake Road and again veer right (unless you want to check out Blue Lake). Through the course of ascending the next several miles, generally stay right at intersections climbing to a high of 13,000. Eventually, descend an extremely narrow, rocky singletrack into Bear Creek Canyon. Follow the dirt road back into town.

Overall, Wasatch Trail is the 56th most popular mountain bike trail of all 178 mountain biking rides in Colorado. Several of the better mountain bike trails are nearby Wasatch Trail including Wilson Mesa Trail, Deep Creek / Sheep Creek / Mill Creek, Sneffels Range Loop / Dallas Divide Trail and Illium Trail.

Wasatch Trail Mountain Biking Map



Local Contact(s):  Uncompahgre National Forest (970) 327-4261; CO Visitors (800) COLORADO; Telluride Visitors (88-TELLURIDE)

Recommended Book:  "Mountain Bikers Guide To Colorado" from Dan Hickstein

Recommended Map:  "Southwest Colorado Recreation Map" from Latitude 40

Best Season:  Jun. - Oct.

Average Difficulty:  Difficult

Base Camp:  Victorian Inn (970) 728-6601; Mountainside Inn; Oak Street Inn (970) 728-3313

Luxury Loding:  New Sheridan Hotel; Hotel Columbia; The Peaks; Inn At Lost Creek (888) 601-5678

Breakfast Restaurant:  Maggies; Baked In Telluride; Sofios; Steaming Bean

GPS:  37.9288, -107.8061

Date Published:  1/1/2016

Date Updated:  8/19/2016

ID:  5937

Wasatch Trail Mountain Biking Map


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