TMtC needs your support to keep our trail projects moving forward.
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 inventoried current trails and identified locations for new trails and connectors that complemented the existing trail system. TMtC extends a huge thanks to our partners for helping make that plan a reality: San Miguel County, Town of Mountain Village, San Miguel Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART), and the Telluride Foundation.
In 2023, TMtC formally submitted a new trail proposal to the USFS. This trail proposal is finally public, more information can be found here. Once the public comment period is over on March 18th, a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process will be chosen and fieldwork will begin. We have hired a third-party contractor, SE Group, to perform the NEPA analysis and help with the project as this is what they specialize in. The entire NEPA process is slated to take 12 to 24 months (depending on level of NEPA) and the cost could be upwards of $240,000.
TMtC’s 2024 trail projects include:
- Progressing TMtC’s proponent- driven trail proposal by contracting and paying for the required National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis.
- Continuing to act as the region’s go-to for trail maintenance needs and quick fixes like clearing downed trees off trails.
- Heavy maintenance on the lower section of the Wasatch Trail to increase environmental sustainability and better the user experience.
- Telluride Via Ferrata engineering for upgrades.
- Partnering with Adaptive Sports to identify regional trails that can accommodate wider trail tread for adaptive athletes.
- Our Outdoor Recreation Gear Drive, providing free used outdoor gear to our under-resourced community members and families.
- Sustaining our vision to enhance Telluride’s outdoor recreation.
TMtC needs your support to keep our trail projects moving forward. Please consider helping to support our regional trails initiatives. You can donate to the club here.
Trail Projects & News
TMtC is excited to finally share our proponent-driven trail proposal that was submitted to the USFS to help create new trails in the Telluride region. Learn more and view the proposal here.
In 2023, TMtC completed the Deep Creek reroute which prioritizes environmental sustainability and recreational enjoyment.
In 2022, TMtC completed the new Eider to Mill Creek Connector Trail (from our 2017 Trails Proposal). TMtC had a successful fundraising campaign, followed by three months of trail construction during the summer of 2022. This new trail cost TMtC over $90,000 and is already a regional favorite with sweeping views of the Telluride valley.
The Mill Creek Bypass Trail (Mill Creek Bypass Trail Map) that TMtC submitted to the USFS as a trail proposal in 2019 did not get approved during the NEPA analysis. Currently, that land is being evaluated as a wildlife corridor. The trail is still a possibility for the future but is currently at a standstill.
In 2021, TMtC was successful at replacing the bridge on the Jud Wiebe Trail. You can learn more about this project here. Additionally, TMtC partnered with San Miguel County to install a new bridge on the Bridal Veil Trail. Learn more about our successful trail projects from 2021 in our recap report here.
TMtC was instrumental in negotiating a recreational trail easement agreement with Idarado Mining Company in 2019 to allow for the new Bridal Veil Trail. 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.
The Magic Meadows Trail, formally Alta Lakes Trail, is completed and a great benefit to the Telluride community. The new trail replaced a rogue, user-created trail that crossed private property.
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 Opt in for Trails, our fundraising efforts for these projects here and become a member and supporter of the club and our outdoor recreation here.