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Bridal Veil hike, Telluride

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Bridal Veil Falls is a 365-foot waterfall at the end of the box canyon overlooking Telluride, Colorado. Hiking and off-road trails pass by the falls and it has a hydroelectric power plant at its top. In winter the frozen shape of the falls forms an imposing challenge to intrepid ice climbers.
Bridal Veil Falls is a two pronged waterfall. The trail past the falls continues on to mountain meadows and mountain lakes above 10000ft.
The falls were opened briefly in the 1990s to ice climbers, but the area is private property so climbing has been legally prohibited since. Referred to as a "mega classic" and "the most difficult waterfall ice climb in North America" some climbers have trespassed to take a crack at the imposing and dangerous climb, but a land purchase proposal and an insurance deal may change the situation. Climbers were excited by the proposal in 2008 that would reopen the falls to climbers. In 1978, Jeff Lowe and Mike Wiess became the first to summit the falls, the effort having been broadcast on ABC’s Wide World of Sports.
The area around Bridal Veil Falls is subject to avalanche and controlled shelling to create controlled slides is an event popular with spectators and photographers. Reaching the top of the falls in winter can be a precarious venture, even for the experienced family that lives there.
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  • We started our trip at 7:30 AM. I would recommend you start by driving up the switchbacks as far as you can. This was scary as heck for me. We took an Escalade ESV which is very long and I was terrifi...  more »
  • We are grandparents and love to hike. This was spectacular! I do recommend hiking boots and also poles if you’re used to using them. Parts of the trail were fairly level, some steeper. The trail is ra...  more »
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  • Best time to hear it thunder has been in July for me. Going up on a white winter day is also fun even though there's no mist to bask in.
  • The road to drive up to it from town is pretty rough with washouts and potholes. Hiking up to it would be a better option. It's worth the struggle to get to see it as it's beautiful!!

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