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Finding Little Hawaii, Telluride’s Best Kept Secret

With our short time in Telluride, we wanted to fit in a short but scenic hike amongst our ghost town exploring adventures. Someone was kind enough to give me directions to a well kept secret hike on the Bear Creek Trail. When I say “well kept secret”, I mean that I searched online for 2 hours trying to find out how to get to this secret paradise, until I gave up and asked someone on a social networking site.

Hiking to Little Hawaii, a secret hike on the Bear Creek Trail in Telluride, Colorado - http://americanexpeditioners.com/little-hawaii-telluride-secret-trail
Bear Creek Trail is pretty popular and well traversed. We came across a lot of happy dogs and their humans.

Hiking to Little Hawaii, a secret hike on the Bear Creek Trail in Telluride, Colorado - http://americanexpeditioners.com/little-hawaii-telluride-secret-trail
Surrounded by beautiful Aspen Trees.

Hiking to Little Hawaii, a secret hike on the Bear Creek Trail in Telluride, Colorado - http://americanexpeditioners.com/little-hawaii-telluride-secret-trail

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We came across a geocache as we were searching for the trail to Little Hawaii.

Hiking to Little Hawaii, a secret hike on the Bear Creek Trail in Telluride, Colorado - http://americanexpeditioners.com/little-hawaii-telluride-secret-trail

Little Hawaii is not difficult to find. You just have to know where to look.

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The recent rains made the logs slippery.

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Where Little Hawaii begins.

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Hiking to Little Hawaii, a secret hike on the Bear Creek Trail in Telluride, Colorado - http://americanexpeditioners.com/little-hawaii-telluride-secret-trail
It’s a little difficult getting down to the river, especially with the recent rains making everything slippery. In fact, I kicked a lot of mud on my poor husband when he was climbing down below me to the river. But the view is worth every mud stain!

Hiking to Little Hawaii, a secret hike on the Bear Creek Trail in Telluride, Colorado - http://americanexpeditioners.com/little-hawaii-telluride-secret-trail

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Hiking to Little Hawaii, a secret hike on the Bear Creek Trail in Telluride, Colorado - http://americanexpeditioners.com/little-hawaii-telluride-secret-trail
Hiking to Little Hawaii, a secret hike on the Bear Creek Trail in Telluride, Colorado - http://americanexpeditioners.com/little-hawaii-telluride-secret-trail
I had the brilliant idea of taking my shoes off to wade in the water –it was frigid and the rocks hurt. But they stop hurting after a while when your feet have nearly frozen over. Brilliant.

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After our successful hike, we lunched in Telluride. We actually didn’t spend much time here as it was crowded from the film festival going on. Apparently Brad Pitt was speaking at the time we were there.

Downtown Telluride, Colorado - http://americanexpeditioners.com/little-hawaii-telluride-secret-trail

We’re going to be party poopers here and keep Telluride’s secret by not posting the directions online, but if you send us a message through this form, we may be able to point you in the right direction. Maybe we will, maybe we won’t… but if we do, we are doing so in good faith, hoping that you too will appreciate but respect Little Hawaii and keep it as pristine as when we were there. 🙂

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