Hiking Colorado’s Bridal Veil Falls

Editor’s note: Today, Lisa Martinez continues her ongoing series about an amazing adventure through Colorado and to Pikes Peak. Lisa

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Colorado Road Trip Quick Stats:

Trip Day: 7
Location: Telluride, Colorado

The morning started as most mornings do, meeting for Coffee — although I drink tea. Earl Grey Latte’s are rarely on a menu, so are coffee shops hidden gem. After gathering our hot beverages at The Steaming Bean, we discussed where we could get a hearty breakfast before that afternoon’s mountain hike. We walked down to eat at the Butcher & Baker Cafe.

Summers in Telluride offer ideal dining patios – with the mountain air and views, and usually temperatures in the 60’s and 70’s. Mike and I both had a Breakfast Burrito, which included mashed Sweet Potatoes. Although a bit pricey for only a Burrito, it was tasty.

We shopped for a little while, searching for the normal vacation gear: Hats, t-shirts, and magnets to add to our fridge collection. It was a productive morning – I found a nice grey summer beach hat and a Telluride t-shirt.

Tim and Grayson walked back to the house to get their hiking gear and Tim’s 4-wheel drive Jeep. My daypack was ready to go, and Mike and his bum knee would unfortunately be hanging out in town.

Looking for the Ladies Room, I wandered into a framing shop. I met the Owner, an Architect with Strawberry Blonde hair longer than mine, who had grown up in Colorado Springs. He used to hike Pikes Peak nearly every week of the summer growing up, so we swapped stories. He took pride in showing me some of the artwork that he was matting and framing.

Tim picked me up, and the journey to Bridal Veil Falls began with a bumpy and beautiful drive. With a short day’s rest from the strenuous two-day hike up Pikes Peak, I wasn’t sure if I was ready or necessarily wanted to hike this; however, the guys convinced me with their descriptions of the enticing views.

At 365-feet in length, Bridal Veil Falls are the tallest free falling falls in Colorado. To try and capture a bit more of its beauty, I snapped this short video of the falls at the scenic lookout point.

We parked the Jeep near the power plant, and began our way by foot. From Pandora Mill to Bridal Veil Falls and the power plant, it is a 1.8 miles and a 1,200 foot elevation gain. The path of all rock and gravel, which slides underfoot, is a very different experience then the sandy trails of Pikes Peak.

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It didn’t take long for me to realize that my body was none-too-thrilled to be hiking at a high altitude again. My legs felt weighted down.

“Too soon!” said my revoting quads and gluts. My breathing was really labored, and amidst the shuffle between packs, I forgot my inhaler in my larger backpack. Bad move.

Hiking with two tall guys that were in great shape, they were already setting a pace that my 5’4″ legs were struggling to try and keep up with. It felt like my second day of training. After a few times waiting for me to catch up, I told them I was going to have to take it at my own pace.

Bridal Veil hike highlights:

  • I successfully hiked a very steep, gravelly incline without saying anything that I’d later need to Confess.
  • Despite the struggle, I made it to the top of our hike! And it was worth it.
  • Views were different than Pikes Peak – between the falls and the flora, it was one of the most scenic hikes I’ve ever done.
  • Had Beef Jerky for the first time.
  • Successfully long-jumped a large mud puddle, twice.

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Then the sprinkles started picking up to rain. There was the promise of hot and delicious Pizzas at the bottom – let’s go! My legs were much happier descending the mountain.

Mike met us at Baked in Telluride where we primed to inhale a couple of Pizzas. A large bakery with the owner serving up baked goodies for 35-years, I quickly learned why that restaurant is a Telluride staple.

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One pie had fresh garlic baked in with the Pepperoni, Bacon, and Onions, and the other had Ham and Italian Sausage. Both were incredible.

We stayed downtown for awhile, walking through the strip of shops, chatting with retailers along the way. That gave way to an early night for our tired group, as we wanted to get back to the Tower house, shower, and settle in for the night.

This post is part of my Colorado Road Trip series. Next up will be the gondola ride over Telluride, so come back and join me on our next trip adventures!

Copyright 2014 Lisa Martinez

About Lisa Martinez

A writer, artist, and silly-heart from her youth, Lisa Martinez utilizes a variety of mediums as outlets for creative storytelling, laced with humor whenever possible. Lisa attended Franciscan University, where she studied Writing, Mental Health, and Theology. In 2004, she discovered her passion for driving small business growth; now, with her husband, she owns a boutique digital agency, illuvint, based in Dallas and partnering with a world-class team across the States. Closed Doors Open Windows is where her personal blog lives on the web.