Bike Hike to Bridal Veil Falls: Photo Essay with Altitude

This bike hike to Bridal Falls includes a photo essay with altitude. It captures Colorado’s fall color and majestic beauty.

trail to bridal veil falls Telluride, CO

Danny and I fell in love at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival twenty-seven years ago. We hadn’t been back. It takes seven hours to drive to this very special Colorado locale. It was worth every hour.

Trail 2

We biked from town into the box canyon. We planned to bike and then hike to the top of Bridal Veil Falls. I stopped every few hundred yards to take photographs.

Telluride trail to waterfall

We rode to the parking lot at the bottom of the mountain.

Danny biking

Biking on the road would get steep.

Telluride stream

Run off from the mine turned the water a luminescent green. Do you see the vegetation on the right side of the valley? It was re-established with plantings after mining.

Telluride trail 3

We searched for a path to take us to the bottom of the falls. We could 4-wheel it, but we would have missed the adventure!

Bridal Veil

Can you see the waterfall in the distance? We hiked above it.

in search of tags

We found a trail and bushwhacked while searching for orange or blue trail markers.

box canyon

We continued to hike up the canyon.

bush whacking

The mountains rose up on all sides.

canyon 2

A dramatic look through the canyon back toward town.

Bridal Veil 2

Our goal. Danny suggested shimmying on the cable, Bear Grylls-style. Next time!


We were getting closer and yet we still had a trek ahead of us.

to the falls

Our trail ran into the road. We started counting switchbacks. We would hike a few more hairpin turns before arriving at the top of the falls.

VW van

The obligatory Colorado VW van photo.

almost there

Above the falls!


We stuck to the road on the way back down. It was ever so much faster.

Danny and I anniversary Telluride

We’ve been on an amazing journey and it all started here in Telluride.

biking Telluride

We found our bikes at the bottom of the valley.

danny and me

Our twenty-seventh wedding anniversary is October 10th! I hope it doesn’t take another twenty-seven years to come back. Telluride is an amazing place.

Come for the Ride. Stay for adventure, I always say.

Are you a hiker or a biker?

All photographs were taken with a Sony Nex-3N DSLR 

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    1. Thanks Galen! Great to “see” you!
      It is pretty spectacular no matter what the weather is up to. We’re getting close to peak here in Boulder. I love this time of year!


  1. Absolutely gorgeous! The thrill of being that close to such an incredible view would make a hiker out of me, I think. I don’t seriously hike, but I am a bit of an explorer. I think if I had a hiking partner I’d be a little more adventurous. The interest is there. I hope you and Danny have many more years of adventuring together. Happy Anniversary!


    1. Thanks so much! I bet you would hike in Colorado too. It’s the only way to see some of its extraordinary views. Truthfully, I had laryngitis, but there was no way I was going to nap. I paid for it the following week, but it was worth it! A four hour bike and hike.


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