Elevation gain: 1,300 ft (From 8,750ft to 10,050ft)
Distance: 3.1 miles, loop (Note the 2 ends of the loop are about a half mile apart)
Difficulty: Moderate ++, depending upon your fitness level and altitude acclimation, most of the incline is packed into the 1st mile either way you go.
This wonderful panoramic trail was the vision of former Forest Service Recreation Manager Jud Wiebe and it is indeed a vision—from the panoramic view of Telluride below, the mountains beyond, the aspen groves, the foresty vibes, and the wildflowers sprinkled along the trail. You’ll be breathless from the beauty and the thin air.
Ps. There’s a short offshoot waterfall trail here that’s a must do too. Post coming soon.
Getting there: S. Take UT-46 E, CO-90 E and CO-145 S to N Aspen St in Telluride