Distance: 0.5 miles roundtrip. Elevation gain: 530 ft. 80 foot waterfall at the top. Views of the front side of Telluride Ski Resort.

Only 5 minutes from the center of Telluride, Cornet Creek Falls is the perfect hike for those seeking a serene mountain escape without having to go far away from the center of all the action.

From town, head up North Aspen Street towards the Jud Wiebe Trailhead. Once arrived, continue straight up the trailhead, passing the bridge on your lefthand side for Cornet Creek Falls (not marked). The trail will start off in a small aspen grove, and will steadily begin to gain in elevation alongside the creek.

Once you have passed a rock field, the trail will become steep and will feature several switchbacks that will gain in elevation faster then the creek does. After a half a mile, you will come through the tree line to the base of the eighty foot waterfall. You can continue up a small mound behind the falls for an incredible perspective of the front side of Telluride Ski Resort, or scale the rock's adjacent to the waterfall for an incredible perspective.

Once you have finished exploring Cornet Creek Falls and the surrounding ravine, continue down the same trail for a quick hike that will only take an hour max from the center of town.

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Activities Chillin, Photography, Running, Hiking, Fitness
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Year Round
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Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
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Forest
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