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:
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.
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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
Brain food is more important than we think.
According to an article by Tara Swart in Fast Company, yes you need to drink more water. But you might also like to try some magnesium salts. What else?
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Anyone whose job depends on their body-like an Olympic athlete, builder, or ballet dancer-needs a diet to match; they might start the day with a slow-release carbohydrate to give them longer-lasting energy. But few people with “thinking” jobs sit down first thing in the morning and consider which foods and drinks will help them make good decisions that day, improve their focus, and reduce stress.
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Pick up a copy of the SKI Magazine Gear Guide 2018 and find out what your friends and trusted advisers at BootDoctors have to say about this year’s all mountain skis and boots. The print version has more details and more quotes from our folks so go ahead and splurge. This way you can get their signatures on this collector’s edition, making it so much more valuable! or click on this link to see the on-line version: https://www.skimag.com/gear
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Never Let Success Go To Your Head
Dr. Haley Perlus shares her sport and exercise psychology that we can all apply to our lives to keep us confident, motivated, and focused.
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We first met Dr. Haley Perlus at the Telluride WOW Festival. We asked if she would share her pearls with out readers. Haley’s advice tends to apply equally to sports – and to life in general.
Words: Allison Perry
Images: Kristofer Noel
On the phone last night with a friend who still lives in NYC, I mentioned that the next morning, this morning, I was awakening at 4:30 am to go skiing with my boyfriend before he had to be at work.
“Ugh. Are you serious?” she asked. “Why would you do that to yourself? I can barely get up at 7 to go to work. You’re crazy.”
Of course she conveyed this all in the good-natured manner of someone who thinks fondly thinks of lunatics, in much the same manner I usually react to anyone who announces they are traiing for a marathon, and while I know she supports whatever insane endeavor I feel I must embark upon, there is no mistaking the fact that she, and many, many others, will never understand the concept of dawn patrol or why we, as backcountry skiers, subject ourselves to its early morning rigors.
Here’s what we sound like: “I’m going to purposefully wake up when it’s still dark out, somehow ski uphill for hours with a bunch of weight attached to my body while gasping for air and alternately freezing and sweating. All this to ski downhill for maybe ten or twenty minutes while risking the possibility of getting caught in an avalanche and/or suffering a horrific injury courtesy of a rock or a tree. I am willingly ignoring the existence of chairlifts and ski resorts, the possible presence of wild animals, and the option to go to the gym for a safe, sheltered, early morning workout.”
As I lurched up the skintrack under the canopy of 5am darkness, I found myself wondering how I could explain all this insanity to my friend in a way that she could understand.
Here’s what I wanted to say, how I thought I might explain it:
While I’ve been on this same skintrack many times, in the space between darkness and waking hours it becomes otherwordly. Nothing exists other than stark white snow and darkened trees, like centurions, lining our path, limbs striving upwards towards straggling stars who stubbornly refuse to blink out as the sky begins to turn bluer and bluer.
As the shadows melt, colors start to come into focus, mountain tops show their faces, the world is revealed. Despite numb fingers and toes and the river of snot pouring out of my nose, these moments are pure enchantment.
When I’m on dawn patrol I feel as if I’ve stumbled upon a secret corner of the forest set aside just for me. The only sounds I am aware of are my skins whispering over the snow and my heart beating solidly in my chest. I easily tune out my partner a little ways ahead of me and watch my dog darting in and out of the dark woods, disappearing, then reappearing. It’s just me and Mama Nature. The shock of cold air moving in and out of my lungs is invigorating, my head is clear of cobwebs, and I savor the feeling of each muscle as it clamors from inertia, warms, and propels my body forward.
While you were asleep this morning, I was at 10,000 feet watching the sun’s pale pink and yellow fingertips gently nudge the mountaintops from slumber, and was so filled up by the stillness of it, the perfection of it and the smallness of myself within the scene that in that moment I understood acutely that there is nothing in the universe that means more to me than this.
I’d also point out that, lest we all forget the point of these missions, that I got to ski fresh powder, something that is not always abundant on the ski resort, and that I got to ski it alone with two of my favorite beings in the entire world.
Then I’d sit back and wait, listening for those three small words to come through the phone and into my ear: “Ahh, I get it!”
Ok. Four words.
In reality, after all was said and done, as I sank into my couch to ride out the rest of my morning, a text message beeped in from my friend:
“How was it?!? Are you alive?”
Here was my chance! My golden opportunity to convert a skeptic!
“We are alive! And I got to eat a cheeseburger and a Snickers bar for breakfast! Booyah.”
There are simply some things you can’t put into words, at least not in a text message, for someone who doesn’t live for the same moments that the lot of us here in Telluride seem to be addicted to.
What can be universally understood, however, is guilt-free meat, cheese and chocolate before 10am.
My friend’s response?
Damn right you are.