Black Bear Pass

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Location Telluride, CO
Rating Difficult,
Length 14.6mi
Time 3hrs

Vehicle Types

Overview

Notoriously narrow switchbacks descend into Telluride.

Incredible views from high above Red Mountain Pass and Telluride. Close-up views of historic mines and dramatic waterfalls. Feel the mist from spectacular Bridal Veil Falls. Road is closed November through May 1. Switchbacks are one-way downhill; no return to start. Unlicensed vehicles should turn around before going down one-way switchbacks or have pick-up vehicle waiting at the bottom.

Rating

Difficult
Trail Ratings Defined

Most of the trail is easy to moderate. The difficult rating is based on a mile-long stretch of dangerous switchbacks above Bridal Veil Falls. Your vehicle should have low-range 4WD, good tires, good brakes, excellent articulation, and a fully functional emergency brake.

Stats

Length

14.6mi

Time

3hrs

High Point

12,800ft

Best Time To Go

Spring/Fall

Current Conditions

(970) 327-4261San Juan and Uncompahgre N.F. Call Norwood Ranger District

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