Fish Creek to Long Lake is a 11.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Steamboat Springs, Colorado that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from May until September.
The description on this hike is incorrect. The map and elevation profile are for the hike from the parking lot to upper Fish Creek Falls, NOT to Longs Lake. As other reviewers said, the hike to Longs Lake is much further. The sign at the parking lot says it is 5 miles each way (10 miles round trip) to Longs Lake.
Even so, this is a spectacular hike. We went on a chilly October day so there were only a few hikers. The aspen trees were dropping leaves and were a beautiful golden.
Fairly challenging hike. It is also a pretty popular trail, so if you are looking for seclusion you may want to hike a different trail.
Beautiful hike - short but enough elevation gain to feel like you got a good workout.
Came across a bear on the way down which really spooked my dog.
Absolutely loved it. Beautiful views with crazy amazing waterfalls.
Hike to the upper falls was great, but unfortunately we hiked at least 6 miles (total, compared to the 5 miles to the lake signage we saw in the beginning) and never even found the lake due to water being too high to cross the very fast-rushing creek (more like a river!) We think the lake was just across and over the hill, but who knows! Don't try this trail during peak snow-melt season... (we went on June 20th, 2016)
Hard inclines, lots of things to climb around and over, beautiful views
Beautiful 11 mile round trip hike.
Several levels of the waterfalls are available both at the base and the top.
Make sure you have good hiking shoes and lots of water with snacks. The hike back down is rough on your toes but worth enjoying the scenery.
I'm from Florida and love to hike. If you have an opportunity to hike to the lake, it's worth the effort.
Hike was challenging but not crazy hard. Hiked mostly in forests; we went only to upper fish creek falls. Heavy to moderate use. Don't need to do it again. Got caught in a good rain but had ponchos so that was kind of fun!