Telluride Trails Planning
Telluride Mountain Club (TMtC) has been involved in regional trails planning since 2015. It all started with a simple survey to understand the community’s vision for trails in and around Telluride. We used the survey results to formulate and compile a Trails Proposal which was submitted in the summer of 2017. In 2019, Telluride Mountain Club completed and released a Trails Sustainability Plan with regional partners which inventories current trails and identifies locations for new trails and connectors that compliment the existing trail system. TMtC extends a huge thanks to our partners for helping make this plan a reality: San Miguel County, Town of Mountain Village, San Miguel Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART), and the Telluride Foundation.
In 2022, TMtC will formally submit a new list of dream trails to the USFS. We plan to use a third-party contractor, SE Group, to help with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis. This process will likely take 18 months and our expenses are estimated to be up to $250,000.
TMtC is currently signing an MOU with the USFS to be able to fund and build the approved Eider to Mill Creek Connector Trail from our 2017 Trails Proposal. TMtC plans to fundraise in the spring and have this new trail built for public enjoyment sometime during the summer or fall of 2022. This trail project is slated to cost the club $90,000.
No donation is too small, please consider helping to support our regional trails initiatives and learn more about our new funding program, Opt in for Trails, here.
2020 + 2021 Trail News (2022 Trail News coming soon!)
TMtC recently met with the USFS Norwood District office to discuss plans for new trails on USFS land. Our local Forest Service team has prioritized two trails from our 2017 Trails Proposal/2019 Trails Sustainability Plan – Mill Creek Bypass Trail (Mill Creek Bypass Trail Map) and Eider to Deep Creek Connector (Eider to Mill Creek Connector Map). TMtC hired professional trail builders in the fall of 2019 to ground truth and flag these trail alignments. NEPA on these segments is underway and we hope to have a decision on these two trails by the end of October.
TMtC is currently collaborating with the Norwood Ranger District of the USFS and the National Forest Foundation to raise funds to replace the Jud Wiebe bridge. Learn more about these efforts and donate here.
TMtC was instrumental in negotiating a recreational trail easement agreement with Idarado Mining Company in 2019 to allow for the new trail on the east-end of the box canyon. The new Bridal Veil Trail is already benefiting the community of Telluride to provide a much safer alternative to walking up the road. The trail starts near the Idarado Mine settling ponds and meanders to the base of Bridal Veil Falls. The new section of Bridal Veil Creek Trail is approximately .85 miles in length and the total trail to the base of the falls is 1.2 miles. Learn more about this trail and the bridge fundraising efforts here. TMtC recently completed engineering for the new bridge on this trail which will likely be constructed in the spring of 2021.
The new Magic Meadows Trail, formally Alta Lakes Trail, has completed Phase 1 & Phase 2 construction.
The Remine Creek Trail was completed at the end of the 2018 summer season. This trail connects Lawson Hill near the underpass to the Aldasoro and Penelope’s/Breckenridge Trails. San Miguel County and the Town of Telluride collaborated to construct the new Bridal Veil Trail, eliminating many of the upper switchbacks on the way to Bridal Veil Falls. View that trail map here.
TMtC celebrates the great momentum going with new trails in the region. Learn more about our fundraising efforts for these projects here and become a member and supporter of the club and our outdoor recreation here.