Middle Meadow

Rating: 
Round trip Distance: 1.1 km
Difficulty: Easy
XC Skill level:
Elevation: 9477 - 9556 feet
Cellphone: 0-3 bars
Time: 30 mins.
Trailhead: Priest Lake Nordic Trails
Fee: $15 donation
Attractions: Groomed trail




Middle Meadow is located in the Priest Lake Nordic Trails area near Telluride, Colorado. The trail begins near the parking area where it takes an easy route that makes several small loops around some open meadows. Enroute the trail connects to the Priest Lake, Elk Wallow and Railroad Grade trails. The Middle Meadow trail is also part of the Dog Trails area.


This post begins at the upper end of Middle Meadow where it connects to the Railroad Grade trail.


Right when Middle Meadow departs from the Railroad Grade trail it splits and begins a loop. There is also the option to go straight through the center of the loop. This post follows the loop in the counterclockwise direction.


It is hard to see the trail in these pictures as it blends into the surrounding meadow but the entire route is groomed.


As the trail loops around it comes to a 4-way intersection where the trail that cut across the center of the meadow meets back up with the outer loop. The second trail to the left continues around the outer loop to where we started out at passing the Elk Wallow trail enroute. Going to the right leads to a smaller loop that leads back to the trailhead and to the Priest Lake trail.


There is a short stretch of uphill as the trail continues around the outer loop.


The trail bends back toward the east at the bottom of a small hill. The Elk Wallow trail branches off on the right at this point.


From there the trail continues looping around until it ends up back at the Railroad Grade trail where everything began. The Dog area which is composed of the Campground Loop, Middle Meadow and the east end of the Railroad Grade trails all has an 'Easier' rating. There are a couple of real short stretches that connect these trails that are a little more difficult. If you would like to see it for yourself then all you have to do is 'Take a hike'.