OverviewThis fine steep peak allows you to climb up the amazing Bridal Veil Basin. It is surrounded by many thirteeners and La Junta Peak makes a great peak together with Wasatch Mountain, or just by itself.
Flowers abound in Bridal Veil Basin, and it is a botanist's dream location. There are several routes up this peak, and it is a great peak to day hike from Telluride. From the top of Bridal Veil Falls, it is only 6.25 miles roundtrip up to the summit, with 3000 feet of elevation gain.
Getting ThereFrom the city of Telluride, drive east on the road and follow the signs for Bridal Veil Falls. The road turns into dirt and comes to a switchback in the road with a great view of the falls. There is a sign at this turn saying the road is a 4wd road and a high clearance road. The road is not high clearance, but is steep, but any car with 4wd can make it up the road. From the switchback, follow the road for 2.2 miles to a gate in the road. Park along the road and head up the trail through the gate along the trail and follow it to the base of the routes up this peak. Always stay right at any intersections on the trail, and you will reach the route up.
Red TapeThere is no permit required for day hiking this peak, but there is private property at the start of the trail, but it is not well marked on topo maps.
CampingOnce you get past the private property, there are many places to camp along the trail, and most of the trail in Bridal Veil Basin is below tree line, so the sites are well protected. Also, water is abundant in this valley, so that when camping, there won't be a water shortage.