• Activities:

    Hiking, Rock Climbing

  • Skill Level:

    Intermediate

  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn

  • Trail Type:

    Loop

  • RT Distance:

    2 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    300 Feet

Easy Parking
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildflowers
Wildlife

When most people think of Via Ferrata, they think of the Alps or Austria...Well, here is a spectacular one, only a few miles out of town from Telluride, CO!! 

From Telluride, take the 648 that will then connect to the start of Black Bear Pass. You only need to drive up to the second major switchback before there is a perfect spot to park. Grab all of your gear, cross over the Ingram Creek, and start following the very obvious path. 

A lot of this trail will resemble a simple hiking path, but don't be fooled. There are a few spots that require a fair amount of strength and minimal fear of heights. The entirety of the VF is horizontal, rather than drastically vertical. This does create some potential hazard for swinging sideways and not being able to get yourself back up. This is where the strength, balance, and sense of calm would come in.

The route is quite straightforward. After walking a dirt trail for a while, you will start coming across cables to clip into. With your daisy chains (or VF attachments), and carabineers, you will start moving your way through all of the iron rods and exposed sections. The Main Event is the most nerving section. You will know it when you see it.

After a few steep sections, a gorgeous iron bench, and the last of the cables, the path will start descending back into town. Follow the trail all the way back to the 648 road. From here, either hitchhike back up to your car or walk up. This way back, you will be able to stop and enjoy Bridal Veil Falls.

Such a cool adventure in these gorgeous Colorado mountains. Takes only about 3 hours roundtrip. Take care of it!! 

Pack List

  • Harness
  • 2 Daisy Chains (per person)
  • 2 Locking Carabineers
  • Water
  • Helmet
  • Snacks 
  • Grippy Shoes
  • Rainjacket & Extra Layers
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Piper Wolters

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