If you aren't acclimated to the elevation of Telluride at 8,750, Mountain Village at 9,540 and St. Sophia at 10,535, expect to take longer going up to Bear Creek Falls. It is worth the hike. This hike starts at South Pine St. across the bridge. There are quite a few mosquitos so wear bug stuff. Summer storms roll through quickly and frequently so be prepared for sun, rain and hail. The trail is wide and once you turn up the canyon, the creek can be seen from several areas. It is a steady slow climb but the elevation can whoop you. We had sun, rain, hail, sun, rain, hail...you get the picture. There is a seasonal fall which shows up on the left hand side which is also very beautiful and unique. Continue on up the trail and eventually you'll see the bottom of Bear Creek Falls with the huge rock to the right. Once you pass that, you'll see the middle and upper Bear Creek Falls. It is beautiful. We are average hikers and consider the journey to be part of the experience so we enjoy things along the way. Despite hurrying our pace a bit on the way down, it still took us 1 hour and 7 minutes to get from the lower part of Bear Creek Falls to the bridge back in Telluride.
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