Nestled in the lush forest of Telluride, Colorado sits a tropical escape known by locals as "Little Hawaii."
Hikers who are willing to make the 2.5-mile trek to get there are rewarded with an incredible sight, featuring cascading waterfalls and a lagoon surrounded by rocky crags.
To visit this natural wonder, start by parking at the West Pacific Street Carhenge Lot. It's free to park here, or there's also additional parking along South Pine Street. Since other hikes are accessed from the same point, parking can fill up quickly during the summertime.
The hike to Little Hawaii begins at the Bear Creek trailhead, which can be found at the end of South Pine Street, in Telluride's Bear Creek Preserve. It's rated as moderate by the AllTrails app. Hikers who have visited this hidden gem say to take the Bear Creek Trail for about 20 minutes until reaching the most substantial clearing. The scenery is beautiful along the way, with aspen groves and lots of greenery. From there, turn left. Next, hikers will come across an obvious trailhead that leads toward the water. Follow that smaller trail to a bridge made of two logs. After crossing the log bridge, it's a short distance to the woodsy paradise. Just continue walking along the river until reaching the secluded forest oasis.
For even more island vibes, check out some of these other Colorado destinations that have a tropical flair.
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