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Mill Creek/Waterline Ride

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.2 (10)

A great intermediate ride with good views through aspen, fir, and spruce.


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Map Key

7.4

Miles

11.8

KM

20%

Singletrack

9,724' 2,964 m

High

8,723' 2,659 m

Low

1,088' 332 m

Up

1,089' 332 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

38%

Max Grade (21°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

Overview

With surfaces ranging from paved path, dirt roads, and singletrack, this ride has a little bit of something for everyone. This is a great, shorter ride accessible right from downtown Telluride!

Description

This rides starts quite mellow, with a nice, easy spin on the Bike Path heading west. Enjoy the views; they'll only get better from here!

From the Bike Path, turn right onto Mill Creek Rd, which winds upwards (steeply, at times!) to the Mill Creek Waterline Trail. This grind is paid off with the fun, flowing nature of Mill Creek Waterline.

Take a right turn across the wooden bridge and pass below the Mill Creek climbing area so you can cut loose and let the bike go! The ensuing playful trail is very fun and rolling. Eventually, this contouring trail reaches the Jud Wiebe Trail.

Turn left onto Jud Wiebe Trail, which is very popular with hikers, so keep any eye out and yield for them. While the trail is good for hiking, it is not the most inspiring mountain biking. It is a loose 36-48" wide trail that is a fast and loose descent. It makes for an interesting end to the Mill Creek Waterline! There are a few built features for the downhill, but be careful because there are almost always hikers on the trail.

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Shared By:

Tom Robson

Trail Ratings

  4.2 from 10 votes

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  4.2 from 10 votes
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Photos

A view of Telluride from Mill Creek Road.
Sep 6, 2019 near Telluride, CO
When you reach the bridge, you are done climbing... whew!
Jun 19, 2017 near Telluride, CO
Great views from the Mill Creek Waterline trail.
May 26, 2017 near Telluride, CO
The Mill Creek Road adds up to a long steep climb.
May 26, 2017 near Telluride, CO

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Jul 27, 2022
Merced Gonzales
7.8mi — 1h 45m
Sep 8, 2021
Beverly Diaz Troxtell
Aug 5, 2021
Sheri Vernier
Long steep climb on road. Lots of exposure on singletrack.
Dec 1, 2020
Todd Hirschfeld
Nov 6, 2020
Sam Lockwood
Hard to breath! Beautiful! 7mi — 1h 53m
Aug 16, 2019
Aaron Boyes
Jul 3, 2019
Dave Harris
Jul 1, 2019
Jeff Hylok
Dry and clear 7.4mi — 1h 20m