Love waterfalls? Then don’t miss Cornet Falls in Telluride and I mean IN Telluride. The trailhead is just a couple blocks from downtown and the hike ends at an 80-foot high waterfall.
The hike starts on the popular Jud Wiebe Memorial Trail. Drive to the north end of Aspen Street (directions below). Parking is limited in town, so make sure you read the signs and park in a legal area, paying if it’s required.
After you find a parking space, walk up to the end of Aspen Street and you should see a brown Forest Service sign that says “Jud Wiebe Memorial Trail.” Wiebe was a Forest Service ranger from 1980 to 1986. A sign here at one point explained that Wiebe proposed, designed and began construction on this trail before his untimely death in 1986.
“Jud’s vision for the Telluride area was to create easy, local access for recreational opportunities that would not require driving long distances,” the sign said.
He definitely accomplished that with this trail. Most trail users are locals who walk to the trail from home or work.
Now, walk a few more steps up the street to a bridge over Cornet Creek. To hike the Jud Wiebe Trail, cross the bridge. However, for Cornet Falls, go straight ahead, taking the dirt trail that follows the creek bed. There’s no sign for Cornet Falls, but it’s what feeds the creek here.
The trail winds through the trees and gets a bit steep at times. With a trail that’s just a third of a mile long, some people come here in sandals. However, I highly recommend good hiking boots. The trail is steep, rocky and at times, very thin. Boots were very helpful.
As you hike the trail, enjoy the sound of the creek, the occasional cascades and the red rock canyon walls.
At 0.35 miles from the trailhead, we walked through some bushes and there is was – Cornet Falls — dropping over the red rock wall. High up a few more steps and you’ll see the pool the waterfall drops into. If you’re adventurous, you can walk behind the waterfall, but it looked a bit sketchy. I was happy to sit in a spot where I could watch the water falling over the rock wall and dropping into the pool below.
When you’re done, return the way you came for a short hike or return to the bridge over the creek and do the Jud Weibe Trail loop.
Details: The hike from the trailhead to the waterfall and back is about 0.7 miles with 220 feet of elevation gain, depending on how much exploring you do.
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Directions: From Highway 145, drive into Telluride. As you arrive in the main area of downtown, turn left/north on Aspen Street and follow it to the end. Park where you can, double checking any signs for the parking rules/fees.