Telluride Mountain Club’s Party in the Park
We hope you can join us for our annual bbq and membership drive in Telluride’s town park on Thursday, July 25th!
Thursday, July 25
5:15 pm – 7:45 pm
Live Music by TRICO
Individuals: $15 – includes Event + Year Membership
Families: $50 – includes Event + Year Membership
Food by Fat Alley
- BBQ Sandwiches
- Black Bean Saute
Beer! You must be 21 or over to drink beer. We’ll be checking IDs.
Thank you to our sponsors who make this event a reality each summer. We can’t thank you enough!
Thank you to those that provided silent auction and raffle items!
- Patagonia Telluride
- Tim’s Trauma Balm – Balm
- Smith Law Firm, P.C. – One hour of legal services
- Mountain Trip – Via Ferrata trip for 4 people
- Gunnison River Farms – Heirloom delivery
- Olioveto Telluride – Olive oil
- Telluride Mountain Guides – $200 gift certificate
- San Juan Outdoor Adventures
- Telluride Alpine Lodging – 2 night stay
- Tweed Interiors – Quilt
- Telluride Ski Resort – Telluride Bike Park Pass
Would you like to become a donor, sponsor or provide product to our silent auction? Please email email@example.com. We appreciate your support!
2018 State of the Telluride Mountain Club
The Telluride Mountain Club (TMtC) has come a long way since its inception in 1986. What started off as a resource for avalanche education in the Telluride region has grown to encompass all human-powered forms of outdoor recreation. Over the last several years, TMtC has been instrumental in promoting educational initiatives, integrating outdoor user groups, and preserving access to public lands for hikers, mountain bikers, climbers, backcountry skiers, ice climbers and more.
2018 marked Telluride Mountain Club’s busiest year yet. Our Board of Directors, staff, and membership were busy with new trail construction, trail maintenance and conservation, via ferrata stewardship, bolt and anchor replacements, and public trail events, just to name a few.
In addition to the various projects and events listed below, TMtC spent 2018 diving deeper into a relatively new project for the club – trails planning. This process officially started in the fall of 2015 when TMtC released a comprehensive trails survey to the public. Nearly 400 locals, second homeowners, and visitors took the time to complete this survey. This formed the basis for the first Trails Proposal we submitted to regional entities in the summer of 2017. You can find the complete trails proposal here. In 2018, TMtC took trails planning a step forward to collaborate with the Town of Mountain Village, San Miguel County, San Miguel Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART), the Telluride Foundation, and the United States Forest Service (USFS) on a Trails Sustainability Plan. This document is almost complete and defines a trails roadmap for the next ten years.
In 2018, TMtC was successful in partnering with four local guiding companies – Mountain Trip, San Juan Outdoor Adventures, Telluride Mountain Guides, and San Juan Mountain Guides – to continue stewardship efforts towards keeping our local via ferrata free and open to the public. Over 400 hours of volunteer labor were contributed to the route during 2018. Additionally, roughly 6,000 individuals registered / signed in near the main event. This project will be a long-term effort for the club.
Here’s a brief recap of TMtC projects and events in 2018.
- 6/2/18: Wasatch Bridge Trail Work Day
- 6/29/18: Lake Hope Trail Creek Corridor Sustainability Work
- 8/2/18: Society Turn Climbing Area Trail Work Day
- 9/8/18: New Magic Meadows Trail Construction Trail Work Day
- 9/21/18: New Magic Meadows Bridge Materials Trail Work Day
- Summer / Fall 2018: Ongoing Via Ferrata Stewardship Efforts with Partner Guide Services and Volunteers
- Summer / Fall 2018: Bolt and Anchor Replacements at Local Climbing Crags
- Summer / Fall 2018: Trails Sustainability Plan
- 2/9/18: TMtC Annual Winter Fundraising Film Night
- 7/9/18: Public Group Hike, Hawn Mountain Trail
- 7/20/18: Public Group Hike, Sheridan Crosscut
- 7/26/18: TMtC Annual Summer Membership Drive
- 8/16/18: Public Group Hike, Ballard Area
- 10/3/18: Patagonia’s Mountain of Storms Film Event
2018 Event Support for the Peter Inglis Avalanche Education Fund
- 1/24/18: Backcountry Chats, Panel Discussion
- 2/11/18: Backcountry Chats with Doug Krause
- 1/7/18: Backcountry Chats with Dale Atkins
Our outreach and educational resources have been improving each year which has allowed the club to reach more people than ever through our website, social media platforms, and newsletter database.
TMtC has big plans as we head into 2019. We will be wrapping up our Trails Sustainability Plan and shifting from planning to trails execution. We will continue our efforts with the via ferrata, keeping local climbing crags updated and safe, and supporting the Peter Inglis Avalanche Education Fund. We hope to expand our event offerings to provide more educational resources to allow members to get into new human-powered activities in our region. TMtC wouldn’t be where we are today without the help and support of our partners and grantors. We’d like to extend a huge thank you to all our partners, sponsors, donors, members, and grantors.
We hope you will join us on our journey through 2019!
Telluride Mountain Club President
Become a member or donate today!
Telluride Mountain Club’s 2019 Winter Fundraising Film Night
Join the Telluride Mountain Club for our annual Winter Film Night. This event is one of two fundraising events the Telluride Mountain Club puts on in 2019. We hope you will come join us for films, fundraising, and of course a ton of fun!
Wednesday, February 13
Sheridan Opera House
Doors: 6 pm
Show: 6:45 pm
$10 tickets at the door
Free for current TMtC Members
This year we will be showing a variety of flicks, on tap is:
- Patagonia’s Treeline
- DPS Ski Shorts
- Mountainfilm’s Rogue Elements and Life Coach
Raffle Items: DPS Skis (of your choice), Patagonia goods, Tim’s Trauma Balm, Western Rise Gift Certificate, Pedal Den Telluride Gift Certificate, Scenic Flight with Telluride Air Taxi, and more!
Thank you to our sponsors for making this event happen! Our sponsors allow us to keep this event at a low cost to the public. Thank you for becoming a member at the event and thank you sponsors for making it possible!
DPS Skis, Tim’s Trauma Balm, Telluride Air Taxi, Western Rise, Pedal Den Telluride, itripvacations
Would you like to become a sponsor? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
More information coming soon!
2018-2019 Indoor Climbing Gym
The Telluride Indoor Climbing Gym opens for the winter climbing season on Sunday, December 2, 2018. The gym will be open from 6 PM to 9 PM on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. The climbing gym will be open through Sunday, April 7, 2019. The gym is closed on Tuesday, December 25, Christmas Day.
The indoor climbing gym is located at the Telluride Intermediate School (717 West Colorado Avenue) and offers roped climbs and rated bouldering problems. Difficulty of bouldering problems is beginner to advanced, and routes are changed a few times during the season by experienced route setters. Please use the entrance two doors to the right of the Palm Theater doors to access the climbing gym this winter. Telluride Mountain Club is working with the High School Climbing Club on a new moon board for the gym this season. Users of the indoor climbing gym must be at least 14 years of age. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a legal guardian the entire time they are climbing.
Climbers must provide their own equipment. All users of the climbing gym must sign a liability release prior to using the gym. Visitors may pay at the door or online here.
Admission is $10 per night, or climbers may purchase a pass.
TMtC Member 10-punch pass is $50, Non-member 10-punch pass is $60
TMtC Member season pass is $135, Non-member season pass is $160*
*A Season Pass is valid December 2 through April 7 every night the gym is open
The Indoor Climbing Gym is a service provided to the community through the Telluride Mountain Club with monetary support from CCAASE. We’d also like to thanks to all of our members for making it possible for us to do what we do! Telluride Mountain Club is happy to run the ADULT community climbing wall program. Please no kids. If you are looking for kid’s programs, please visit the Telluride Academy’s website from programs here.
2018-2019 Winter Climbing Wall Calendar
2018-2019 Winter Climbing Wall Passes & Punch Cards
2018 Telluride Trails Survey
The Telluride Mountain Club is currently working on a “Trails Sustainability Plan” (TSP). The purpose of this TSP is to provide an updated trails inventory and clear roadmap for existing and future non-motorized trails in the Telluride region for the next ten plus years. From 2015-2017, Telluride Mountain Club assessed existing trails and developed a conceptual plan and trails proposal based on feedback from a community survey. There was overwhelming support for more trail maintenance on existing trails, additional signage, and development of more multi-use non-motorized trails in the Telluride region. This year’s survey will help us develop our Trails Sustainability Plan. We appreciate your feedback.
Please take 10 to 15 minutes and fill out the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2018trailsurvey
Trail Proposal – Submitted Summer 2017
TMtC Trails Proposal Summer 2017 <- click to view the PDF
Telluride Perimeter Trail
Mill Creek Bypass Trail
Eider to Mill Creek Connector
Deep Creek West End Reroute
West Valley Floor Meadows Connector
Galloping Goose to Sunshine Trail Connector
Two Rivers Galloping Goose Connector
Telluride’s Magic Meadows Trail
Update: As of fall 2019, the Magic Meadows Trail is completed.
The Magic Meadows Trail replaced sections of the previous “Alta Lakes Trail” that connects Prospect Trail to Sunshine Trail. The following trail recap provides information on this new trail build. Thank you to everyone who donated their time to help complete construction of this new inventory trail.
Magic Meadows Trail
In the fall of 2018, construction began on the new Magic Meadows Trail in the Alta Lakes area. The new trail replaced the previous Alta Lakes Trail that had been in existence which crossed private land (which happened during the Wilson Peak land exchange). The new Magic Meadows Trail was built and funded by the United States Forest Service (USFS), Norwood Ranger District and Colorado Parks and Wildlife with assistance from the USFS Lake Tahoe Basin Trail Crew and Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC). In addition, Telluride Mountain Club (TMtC) and San Miguel Bike Alliance (SMBA) hosted public trail work days to encourage local and regional participation in the build of the new trail. Trail work began on September 1, 2018 and was finished in the fall of 2019.
The Magic Meadows Trail links the Prospect Trail from the Telluride Ski Resort to the Sunshine Trail (T-35) along Highway 145. The entire length of the trail is around 6 miles from trailhead to trailhead. The segments of new trail have all been built on USFS land making the trail a legal, inventory trail. This trail accommodates mountain bikers, hikers, trail runners, and equestrians. It is closed to motorized vehicles.
The purpose of this new trail build and reroute is to move the existing trail onto USFS land and not cross private property. The original Alta Lakes Trail was a user-created trail, dating back to equestrian use when the Skyline Guest Ranch was operational. The trail was on a patchwork of public and private lands. The new Magic Meadows trail will use some existing portions of the original Alta Lakes Trail and will have new routes to avoid private property.
This trail is being built to accommodate multi-use but is being designed with mountain biking at the forefront of use. This means that special consideration is being given to trail grade, switchback radius and will feature mountain bike-specific features.
The current user group that dominates use in this area is mountain bikers. The trail often sees use from hikers and trail runners. Equestrian use is limited and mostly during the fall hunting months. This trail will accommodate intermediate through advanced recreators.
The Magic Meadows trail will be a fundamental connector trail in the Telluride region and will see quite a bit of use.
The new Magic Meadows Trail is shown on the map below. The yellow highlighted lines show the existing portions of the Alta Lakes Trail that will be used for the new trail alignment. The pink highlighted lines show the new, rerouted sections that will be built in the fall of 2018. The purple highlighted lines depict existing USFS trails segments. The map also shows sections of trail that will be reclaimed and closed. The map also shows property ownership.
When completed, the entire length of the Magic Meadows Trail will be approximately 6 miles. The sections of trail that will require a complete rebuild will be around 3.2 miles.
Trail Design & Construction
The Norwood Ranger District hired Mountain Sage Trails, LLC to aid in the layout and design of the new trail. The USFS Lake Tahoe Basin Trail Crew will be constructing the trail with help from SCC.
Both the Telluride Mountain Club and San Miguel Bike Alliance will be assisting with public trail work days starting on Saturday, September 8th and going through the completion of the trail build.
Maintenance & Stewardship
Once completed, the Magic Meadows Trail will be added to the USFS trail inventory. This means that they will be in charge of the trail and will maintain the trail in the future. Telluride Mountain Club anticipates helping with trail maintenance through public trail work days as much or as little as needed. The Telluride Mountain Club is currently in communication with the USFS Norwood District office to adopt this trail.
The highly anticipated Magic Meadows Trail will begin construction on September 1, 2018 and is expected to be completed by the end of that month. The new trail will be built entirely on USFS land using existing sections of the Alta Lakes Trail combined with new trail segments. Though the trail will be enjoyed by trail runners, hikers and equestrians, it is being built with mountain bikers in mind.
The Telluride Mountain Club encourages your participation in public trail work days on the Magic Meadows Trail in September 2018.
Telluride Mountain Club is currently working with Amy Sharp of Sparrow Trails on a Trails Sustainability Plan. Stay tuned for an updated survey to share your thoughts on Telluride’s trail system.
Yep, spring has arrived. Here are some updates and reminders in regards to our regional trails.
- Please adhere to season trail closures, they are closed for a reason.
- Please avoid utilizing trails this spring when they are wet and muddy. This creates permanent damage that is costly to fix. The USFS would rather put money towards new trail, not fixing old ones!
Personal Trail Work:
- Please do not perform your own personal trail work to open your favorite trail this spring. If you are interested in helping the USFS open trails faster, please get in touch with us at email@example.com and we will help you do trail work legally and professionally.
- If you are a member of TMtC or SMBA, you can work on trails via our Voluntary Service Agreements with the USFS, we just need to give you national trail standards so your personal contributions are effective and long-term. We also need to know what you are working on and your progress, so we don’t send others out to do the same work.
- We will notify the public of trail openings as we are let aware this spring.
- Currently open: Thunder Trails
- Currently on the radar/working to open: Galloping Goose, Whipple, Eider, more Norwood trails
Trail Issues/Maintenance Needed:
- When you are out utilizing the trails this spring and summer, please let us know if you see or come across trail maintenance issues (i.e. downed trees) so that we can help get people on the issues.
- If you see something that needs attention, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.