West Creek Falls is a 4.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Estes Park, CO that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and snowshoeing and is accessible from April until November.
Got here by 11 (late I know) but there is only parking for about 16 cars and it was all full. Bummer.
For being so close to Estes Park, this is a real gem.
The first part (.75 miles) of the hike is a relatively steep climb with little tree cover, so it can feel like a rough start. After that, it's downhill and relatively flat to the falls.
The falls are beautiful -- perhaps not as spectacular as other parts of RMNP, but definitely beautiful. We only saw 3 other people on the trail on a Saturday in August We had the falls to ourselves for a little picnic.
Hiking with kids:
We did this carrying a 10 month old and with a 12 year old who doesn't particularly like hiking. The climbs at the beginning and end challenged me (carrying a 20 lb baby on my back) and out 12 year old (who is not in great shape) but it was doable. Going earlier in the day would have made the initial climb easier given the sun. If you do go with kids, keep an eye on them towards the falls -- there are some narrow parts along the stream, and some non-intuitive trail twists that might be harder for a kid. There isn't any scrambling unless you want to scramble around the falls.
falls at the end are fantastic
Went in the middle of the week and it was great. The trail was all to ourselves It is s steep up and down, but the falls are well worth it.
It was so beautiful, it was a lot of work, but I will do this one again in the winter for snow shoeing.. I loved it, it was full of flowers, switchbacks & beautiful water.
This is a great trail, if you can find the start! Stay to the right of the Northern Boundary trail. It goes up then down, across a bridge, then the first sign for the falls is at mile 1.6. It's worth it! I started at 5am and was out by 8. My Garmin clocked 4.75 miles total.
I really enjoyed this hike today. Ive been doing big climbs all summer above treeline so this was a relaxing change. The first mile is up, but not that bad. Then you go steeply down for a half of a mile (the return here is the hardest part) then meander along the stream. It's a solidly wooded trail with few mountain sightings. This was another reason I liked it. I felt like I was back in the Midwest. Like others, I saw no one else and feel like I've discovered a hidden gem. Heading back in a few weeks as there are plenty of beautiful aspens.
Did not see a single other person on this hike, beautiful falls at the end.
Good hike, caught cutthroat, brown & rainbow!
Trail less traveled- there was no one on the trail. Gorgeous falls, raging with summer melting snow (see pics). Starting at Cow creek TH, passing McGraw ranch starts North Boundary trail in Comanche Wilderness (see pics). It passes thru flat park and starts climbing steeply thru spruce & aspens. There were pretty orchids and other flowers along this stretch of the trail. It then descends to West creek where there is a wood bridge crossing. The trail then wanders along the creek, enters RMNP territory and ends up at the fall, which is sorta 2 falls, upper and lower. Snow runoff made the falls awesome at this time of the year. It was beautiful and peaceful with NO ONE around. Everyone goes to Bridal Veil falls but this one is also really beautiful. Worth visiting.
Completed this trail this weekend (03/29) the backside of the first hill was still very snow covered, but very packed so yaktraks were perfectly acceptable. However since the recent flooding last fall in the area, the footbridge across the creek has washed away but you can cross on rocks, and once you are on the east side of the creek, there are also large sections of the trail that have been completely washed out. It is still possible to make it to the falls and very much worth it, it just takes a few creek crossings and some creativity in making your own trail.
I would bet many people do not even know about this hike and head to Bridal Veils Falls instead. This could be the step-sister of Bridal Veils (which is quite beautiful) but this hike had me curious so we went back the next day (after hiking Bridal).
The first half is pretty challenging and honestly not very pretty. You do a handful of switchbacks through the forest and then you start heading down which only means you get to climb back up on your way back! The falls are beautiful though. It's like having your own personal swimming hole to yourself. Very quiet and secluded and worth it once you're there.
This trail was very isolated. We saw one other couple on the whole trail. The trail is definitely more challenging than other moderate trails like Bridal Veil Falls and Ouzel Falls with steep, narrow slopes and loose rocks. You climb all the way up then down to the bottom on the other side before hitting a more flat area along the creek. Coming back is a steep climb again to the top. There are greenback cutthroat and bookies is the creek in abundance. The real payoff is the falls at the end of the trail that fall into a pool surrounded by amazing rock walls. Definitely worth the effort.
This is a good hike if you don't have time to hike all day. Taking the North Boundry Trail, the first 3/4-1 mile is uphill and the view at the top is scenic. On the back side, there were still small pockets of snow/ice on an 80 degree day. Yaktrax were sufficient. After crossing the footbridge, found a fresh mountain lion kill. A small elk had been killed within the last day or two. The flowers were just starting to bloom in this area which otherwise was pretty dry from winter. The run off was just beginning and the falls were nice for a quick snack. Small trout were present as well. In and back in 2 1/2 hours including lunch/snack break. Parking is limited and strictly enforced. We arrived at 11:00am on a Sunday and there were 5 available.