Elk Wallow

One-way Distance: 0.16 km
Difficulty: Easy
XC Skill level:
Elevation: 9498 - 9515 feet
Cellphone: 0-3 bars
Time: 15 mins.
Trailhead: Priest Lake Nordic Trails
Fee: $15 donation
Attractions: Groomed trail

Elk Wallow is a short groomed trail in the Priest Lake Nordic Trails area near Telluride, Colorado. The upper end of the trail begins off of the Priest Lake trail and within 600 feet it comes to an end at a point along the Middle Meadow trail. The trail provides a scenic alternate route for getting around in the area.

This post begins at the upper end of the Elk Wallow trail near the quarter mile point of the Priest Lake trail.

The Elk Wallow trail snakes its way through the trees as it goes.

As it heads into the willowed area they are calling the wallow the trail makes a series of drops that taken together total up to about 17 feet of elevation loss.

Working its way around several corners it also comes upon a few short uphill spots.

On the day that we were at Elk Wallow there were a few fresh elk tracks but they were mostly around the Priest Lake and Hidden Valley trails.

The short trail comes to an end when it meets up with the west side of the Middle Meadow loop. A little higher up the hill the Railroad Grade trail can be seen. Elk Wallow is a short trail but seeing that it is about a half mile from the trailhead it takes a little effort just to get to it. If you would like to see it for yourself then all you have to do is 'Take a hike'.