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Even though there wasn't snow anywhere else, this trail was 90% snow. It wasn't very steep, views were amazing, and not very hard to find. Other than the snow, the one downside was that we lost the trail and ended up finding a ski resort instead.
Like others have said the first mile can be kind of uneventful but shortly after begins to be more of a challenge. We ended up taking the wrong path near the falls and had to backtrack so pay close attention when you hit the stream crossing. Bring plenty of fluids, I drank a small lake on the way in for some reason and don't think I could of comfortably made it back without dunking in the cold waterfall.
Easy access from the highway. Easy access to the upper falls. We met many people walking up and down the trail with basic walking shoes aka not hiking boots. Boots aren't necessary on this trail, just smart. The view from the top, especially with the leaves changing colors, is fabulous. Definitely a gate way hike for beginners.
Very accessible right off the highway. We took the trail to the right which was short but a bit challenging. The trail has warnings about doing this trail when wet and I would agree it would be very unwise to do so. At the top it's well worth the hike to see the falls. Relax and enjoy the beauty.
I have posted this several times and although I have 3 stars highlighted when I save it then it marks it four or five stars. I then delete the review and re paste my review and it still rates it higher. So, just know my stars are 3-average.
The first hour in was not that pretty with many diseased trees with moss. There were not many views and the trail was rocky. Then it was prettier with more evergreens and brush and views of the mountains. The waterfalls didn't have a lot of volume in September. There were a few meadows with flowers that I think would be full of pretty wildflowers in the right season.
We had great weather and we were glad we went, but I wouldn't hike this trail again nor recommend it to my friends.
Favorite hike on a 2 week road trip through Colorado.
For 6.5 miles, we only saw one other couple. I was glad to have my bear bell and spray.
The trail is up and down, through the forest with many open meadows. The waterfall at the end is a wonderful resting point. Bring layers as it got colder the deeper we got into the woods.
Heads up that the drive from Pagosa Springs (turn by the subway on to the gravel road) is about 30 minutes to the trailhead.
Perfect trail with beautiful falls. Parking area well maintained with restrooms. long dirt road to get to trail head. trail was well marked and river running next to it with beautiful scenery and wild raspberries! Just the right amount of challenge to make it a moderate hike.
A very good hike with a diverse scenery. Lots of cool wild life too. I would not say that this is a hard hike. My girlfriend, our 2 dogs, the Pomeranian and I did it in 4 1/2 hours an even had a nice lunch up at the lake. The trail head is marked as Little Blanco.
I would definitely recommend this for beginners. My friend and I backpacked 2.5 miles in and set up camp next to the river. There was a loose herd of cows hanging around (cows=cow patties=stinky). The wild raspberries are abundant and tasty! Highly trafficked trail. We had a blast!