Summer 2017 Trails Proposal

Telluride Mountain Club Summer 2017 Trails Proposal, Draft I

Telluride Mountain Club is happy to share with you our Summer 2017 Trails Proposal for the Telluride region. In the PDF document below, you will see that there are 7 proposed trails, reroutes, and connector trails included.

Please note that this is a conceptual plan and a living document. We anticipate to update and modify it as time progresses. The trails are conceptual, meaning not all have been scoped on the ground with exact alignments. The Telluride Mountain Club does not presume to have permission to cross property or implement any trail plan without permission from proper authorities.

We collectively look forward to the next steps in the approval process with various regional entities. If you have feedback, questions, or comments, please send them to:

This trails proposal has been submitted to: USFS, San Miguel County, Town of Telluride, and Town of Mountain Village.

View the full TMtC Trails Proposal PDF here.

What is going on with our public lands?

Everything you should know about the public land heist.

Public lands belong to everyone. Right now, across the country (and even more specifically in the West), a battle is looming over the sale of various parcels of America’s public lands. This will put millions of acres, and their recreational opportunities, under siege. Here’s what you should know…

Some polititans are currently in favor of selling off public lands to generate profits for state governments and/or private entities. If they win, some state governments could privatize, develop, sell, or auction off these lands to the highest bidder. Continue reading

Parking Regulations, Trailheads & Private Property Issues

Please be sensitive to parking regulations, trailheads, private property and access issues when recreating outdoors this winter.

Ophir Parking

The TMtC has been working with the Town of Ophir to come up with a parking solution for the east end of the Ophir Valley. We are pleased to announce that parking is available at the Ute Memorial in East Ophir for day use. The Town of Ophir does ask that visitors use the West Ophir parking (in front of the maintenance barn) on all plow days. Plowing in Ophir is challenging and we ask that backcountry users respect the Town’s needs to plow on snow days. If the Ute area is full, please do not park on the street in East Ophir, instead fall back to the West Ophir parking area. The Ute memorial is at the edge of East Ophir before you turn left and go uphill. THIS LOCATION IS ON THE EDGE OF THE SPRING GULCH AVALANCHE PATH. PARK AT YOUR OWN RISK. Continue reading

Proposed East Bear Creek Trail


*Update: 9/26/16 – The USFS has a made a decision to approve the Bear Creek Trail Connection.*

The USFS in conjunction with the Town of Telluride are proposing a new trail in Bear Creek. Please see the official press release and map below. If you have a strong opinion about this trail, comments need to be submitted by September 16, 2016. Comments can be delivered to the Norwood Ranger District as follows: Norwood Ranger District, 1150 Forest Street, Norwood, Colorado 81423; Email:; and/or Fax: 970-327-4854. Oral comments can be made by calling the Norwood Ranger District office at Ph. 970-327-4261.  Continue reading

Anchor & Bolt Replacement Update

In the fall of 2015, Telluride Mountain Club received grant funding from the Access Fund and the American Alpine Club to replace anchors on our local climbing crags to create a safer climbing environment. We would like to extend a big thank you to both organizations for allowing us to replace old, faulty anchors and bolts on our climbing routes. Continue reading

Trails Update: 8/1/16

Each week, the USFS office out of Norwood has been sending a team to clear and fix minor issues on trails around the region. Here’s the latest update from our USFS Norwood Ranger District Trails Manager. Thanks to their team for all the hard work!

This week the Norwood Trail Crew Tentatively plans to work:


Sneffels Highline: cleaning and maintenance

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