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HIT THE TRAIL: Why trails are the most important outdoor amenity we have!

HIT THE TRAIL: Why trails are the most important outdoor amenity we have!

Hummingbirds zip through the air, waterfalls crash down in cascades of froth and aspen groves have resumed their lush green tones. Summer has arrived in Telluride, which means it’s high time for hitting the trails.

Here in the box canyon, outdoor recreation opportunities are endless: we can bag peaks, climb crags, mountain bike over passes and take icy dips in alpine lakes. And at the foundation of all of these activities are our public trails, which are the key to opening up this endless and beautiful world of nature – and arguably the most important outdoor amenity we have.

Trails offer ribbons of dirt for long runs, epic bike rides and cross-country hikes, but they are so much more than vehicles for exertion. They are also our access into nature, which neuroscientists and researchers are proving more and more has significant benefits on human health. Immersion in nature is shown to regulate mood, lower stress hormones and blood pressure and help with conditions like depression and anxiety. It promotes creativity and reflection. Plus it’s really fun. And the best news is, it doesn’t take a multi-week wilderness excursion or strenuous backcountry hike to reap these benefits. Even a quick jaunt on your local trail will do you good. Just make sure to stop and inspect the wildflowers, listen to the burble of the stream or watch the clouds pass overhead.

Trails are also the great equalizer. You don’t need a locker of gear to hit the trail – just a pair of sturdy shoes –  and people of all ages and abilities can enjoy them together. Which makes them optimal for family time.

LOOKING FOR SOME OF TELLURIDE’S BEST, LOCAL TRAILS?

HERE ARE THREE OPTIONS:

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INTRODUCTORY TRAIL: BEAR CREEK
With its aspen-shaded path and gentle grade, Bear Creek is Telluride’s great introductory trail. Starting right in town at the south end of Pine Street, the popular trail winds through shady forests, offering glimpses of the rushing creek as well as views of the cliffs in the upper basins above. With a cascading waterfall as its finale, the 4.5-mile-roundtrip trail never disappoints.

WILDFLOWER TOUR: HOPE LAKE
Because it begins at a relatively high elevation, the Hope Lake Trail south of Telluride offers the best bang for your buck when it comes to alpine wildflowers, sweeping basins and icy high-altitude lakes. The trail takes hikers through thick woods, landscapes thick with paintbrush, bistort and king’s crown, and finally to the shores of Hope Lake, a vividly blue alpine lake where icebergs often bob even in the summer months. This trail is moderately difficult and accessed via Hope Lake Road near Trout Lake.

BACKCOUNTRY EPIC: SNEFFELS HIGHLINE
If you are looking for the ultimate tour of the San Juan Mountain high country, look no further than Sneffels Highline. This 13-mile hike climbs through aspen groves into the rocky basins above Telluride, where it unfurls through basins lush with delphiniums, roams through otherworldy rock landscapes and climbs over an unforgettable notch. Be sure to bring a map, layers and food, and start this one early; it takes several hours.

Katie Klingsporn
Writer, Editor, & Journalist for Telluride Inside & Out

Telluride Inside…and Out is a lifestyle ezine, the place where a rural mountain setting meets cosmopolitan culture. TIO brings you behind the scenes to see what is happening in and around the Telluride region and the impact Telluride has around the world. Spend some time with TIO and you may find that you too are 100% Telluride Inside. We post daily.

How to ensure a ski tour is not a ski sore!

How to ensure a ski tour is not a ski sore!

 

BootDoctors’ good friend and Master Bootfitter Bob Egeland addresses the
challenges and opportunities with the new generation of AT boots.

 

Check out his hints on making sure your touring boots take you as far as you want to push it.
Then come in to Bootdoctors in Taos or Telluride to get your next pair of touring boots properly fitted.
We have Master bootfitters who specialize in touring boots.

 

Fabulous Feet: Master bootfitter Bob Egeland talks about how to approach AT boot fitting

While his profession might leave some feeling a bit squeamish, Bob Egeland, a board-certified Pedorthist, is passionate about keeping people happy in their ski boots all day long. And finding a comfortable fit is his top priority, especially for backcountry skiers who don’t have the option to take a break in the lodge if toes start to tingle.

ROSE & IVY Travel Guide: ESCAPE TO TELLURIDE

ROSE & IVY Travel Guide: ESCAPE TO TELLURIDE

 

BIG IDEAS FOR FUN IN OUR LITTLE MOUNTAIN TOWN

 

Whether skiing, Nordic cruising or Fat Bike trail riding, we have all the gear
and friendly local advice you need for a great time at our 3 BootDoctors’ stores.
Shout out to all our great local businesses who helped make this a memorable experience!

 

– Read the full story, from ROSE & IVY Travel Guide –

Escape to Telluride | A ROSE & IVY Travel Guide

When it comes to winter travel destinations, a memorable trip includes an ample amount of time spent on the mountain skiing or snowboarding, soaking in the beauty of nature snowshoeing, or Nordic skiing, rounded out with delicious meals to refuel. Telluride, Colorado is an outdoor and na

TAOS SKI VALLEY: New Terrain, Plenty of Sunshine

TAOS SKI VALLEY: New Terrain, Plenty of Sunshine

 

Making lemonade in the Winter in Taos!
 
The last storm brought in 14″ of much needed pristine Northern New Mexico powder. The season is far from over!
 
Mountain crews have opened 5 additional runs and there are rumors of additional lift openings soon.
 
Get out there & enjoy! For the daily Taos Ski Valley snow report, CLICK HERE.
 

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Daily Snow Report to stay in the know. When Mother Nature hands you lemons, you make lemonade. Right now, there is no better to fine tune your skiing or snowboarding skills. Or, if you have any friends & family who’ve always wanted to learn, check out The Perfect Progression Package.

LOCAL SKI REPORT AT TELSKI: 17″ in 48 Hours = NEW TERRAIN

LOCAL SKI REPORT AT TELSKI: 17″ in 48 Hours = NEW TERRAIN

 

NEW TERRAIN HAS OPENED!
 
With all the recent snowfall Lifts 10 & 11 are now OPEN. Ski Patrol also dropped the ropes for new terrain on Lift 9.
 
Have fun!! Get out there and enjoy the new open runs!
 
Watch our snow report, by CLICKING HERE, for terrain expansion updates.
 

Telluride Ski Resort

With all the recent snowfall Lifts 10 & 11 are now OPEN. Ski Patrol also dropped the ropes for new terrain on Lift 9. Get out there and enjoy the fresh snow! Video: Brett Schreckengost

TELLURIDE SKI MOUNTAIN: Nearly 2 feet in 5 days and 11″ in 48 hours

TELLURIDE SKI MOUNTAIN: Nearly 2 feet in 5 days and 11″ in 48 hours

 

NEW TERRAIN TO OPEN SOON!
 
For all you powder lovers out there, here are some incredible powder turns from our photo shoot
with Wagner Custom Skis and Brett Schreckengost.
 
Watch our snow report, by CLICKING HERE, for terrain expansion updates.
 

Powder Thursday

Nearly 2 feet in 5 days and 15″ in 48 hours, offered incredible powder turns for our photo shoot with Wagner Custom Skis and Brett Schreckengost. Watch our snow report, http://tel.ski/snow, for terrain expansion updates.