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Did this hike from Base Camp Trailhead to Fish Creek Trailhead down in town. Around 13 miles via Wyoming Trail(CDT)(trail 1101) and Fish Creek Trail(1102). Fish creek canyon is amazing. The lakes are okay, not what I was expecting.

I cheated to some extent. Went up gondola to catch the Friday morning yoga class, had lunch and then hiked down the trail. Nice views of valley and wild flowers. Challenging enough to use a walking stick.

Soooo crowded-went around 10:30 on a Saturday so not surprising. Pretty hike with 2 waterfalls. The one at the top is big and really pretty!

This is a well marked trail with a steady pitch all the way to the top. Beautiful scenery and lots of shade. We hiked up and took the tram down (free).

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3 days ago

Great trail. No bikes on a Thursday 10-2. Runs along the creek so you can hear running water through the hike!!

Mix of sandy, rocky, hilly and flat. Trail is narrow at times with heavy brush surrounding. Made it to 2nd falls. Took just over an hour each way. Some sun and some shade. Bring plenty of water. Can be challenging in places. Worth it to get to overlook.

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6 days ago

Meh trail. Follows road the whole time.

I’d give it 5 but the first bit is quite busy - we went on a Sunday and everyone plus their mother was there. The second waterfall is glorious, and was much quieter. A quick swim in freezing water is just the tonic, and there are some beautiful views on the way down. Really easy to reach from Steamboat Springs too.

Be prepared for a workout! Hiking uphill almost the entire way to the top. Pretty rocky. The view is worth the hike to the top though! Just watch the trail carefully— it’s so rocky at the top, I took a wrong turn 3 times coming down; the trail is easy to use, especially since people have created a bunch of little cutoff trails to get some good views. The waterfalls are beautiful!

This was a beautiful, moderately trafficked trail with lots of flowers and berries. I went up thunderhead trail and true to its name, there was some thunder and rolling clouds. Beautiful views of steamboat below.

Amazing! Not an avid hiker and was able to navigate well. Bring water!!! Hiked to the second falls after turning back half way earlier in the week...so glad we went back! The views and scenery are so worth it! Will head for the lake next time!

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12 days ago

Spent two hours meandering this trail with my toddler. It was perfect for him, 3 bridges which he could throw rocks and sticks off, mostly shaded and through forest, a place to dip feet in the steam. On an August Tuesday from 10-12pm we saw 1 biker only.

hiking
13 days ago

This trail is an ideal mountain biking trail as it is smooth with no technical aspects. As for hiking, I'd recommend doing in the spring or fall as it was very hot and dry in late July. Well marked with a good parking area and a clean pit toilet available. Also not crowded and plenty of fun roads to explore in the surrounding area.

Great hike with the family. At fishhook lake, lots of fish to catch! Keep going up to Lake Elmo for another beautifully secluded lake.

The toad leading to the trailhead is very rough and narrow at times. Recommend 4 wheel drive.

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14 days ago

Very pretty trail on mostly open meadows. Does seem like you are walking on an off toad trail

my first hike it was amazing but snow kept us from finding the lake at the top

This trail is heavily used by mountain bikers. The hike itself is beautiful with three lakes in one hike. FYI: at the Lost Lake/Lake Elmo junction.. Lost Lake is the shorter to hike to.. literally just around the corner. Elmo Lake is about a mile further from the junction.

This hike has gorgeous wildflowers (late July) and three pretty lakes spread out along the hike. It’s a great off-leash trail for dogs since it’s not crowded and has fresh water to play in. Next time we plan to pack tents in and camp lakeside.

hiking
16 days ago

It’s an unmarked trail right next to a super busy trail. Parking lots were full for Fish Creek Falls, but we saw 6 people on this trail the whole time. It’s not too difficult, has a variety of sights and terrain. You see the abandoned mine near the end. My favorites were the view of the falls from the opposite valley wall, the aspen grove, and the finish line mountain stream. The water was low enough we could sit on boulders in the middle of the rushing waters and eat our lunch.

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17 days ago

Absolutely love this fun, rolling hill hike! Beautiful! We did this with our kids/teens and we all enjoyed it. The cattle grazing on the other side of the fence were a fun bonus to watch as we hiked.

The trail is well marked.

We hiked only to the second falls, so total it was about 6 miles round trip. Entirely up hill for the three miles in. This was definitely a good work out, and the reward is so worth it. After you pass the bridge, make sure to turn around a couple times, the view is amazing. Once we got to the falls, there were pools to swim in, and we even went under the water fall. The water sure does take your breathe away, it is very, very cold!

This trail is more of a dirt road that you can access other trails off of. The mountain is geared to mountain bikers instead of hikers. This trail is straight up with no break in incline the entire way. If you are a seasoned hiker at altitude, this is a moderate hike. If you are from the Midwest or sea level, this would be considered a difficult/strenuous hike. There is no shade the entire trail. The view of Mt. Werner ski mountain at the quarry is gorgeous.

It was unbearably hot the day I ventured to Fish Creek Falls, so I didn’t make it but a quarter mile past the bridge and waterfall before I turned around and went back. The trail down to the waterfall is mostly shaded, and not too steep coming back up. I also walked a short ways down the overlook trail that leads to the top of the waterfall; different scenery and very pretty, but exposed to the sun so very hot. Some loose dirt and a little rocky in spots on the trail, so sturdy shoes are a good idea. Chipmunks, ground squirrels, anglewing butterflies, birds, and very pretty wildflowers were all out in mid July. Very nice, short hike with lots of changing scenery to see: waterfall, aspen groves, conifers, small meadows, rocky cliffsides (overlook trail), surrounding mountains. Went on a weekday late afternoon / early evening, and there was moderate traffic.

hiking
27 days ago

A nice easy hike to start acclimating to altitude. Climbing out from the parking area will get your heart pumping, but it doesn’t take long for the trail to start flattening out. The best part of this trail is to hear the rushing creek below. Once you get to the cabin at the end of the trail, it is definitely worth the extra 1/4 mile down the dirt road to the right for the bridge over the creek. The big creek rocks made a nice resting area for a light snack before heading back down. Not to spoil the surprise, but you are almost guaranteed to see some large mammals near the cabin - but may be not the ones you are expecting! This trail will be fine for small children as well. We saw 15-20 groups of hikers around the noontime hour, and a couple mountain bikers shared the path in a friendly way.

on Spring Creek Trail

hiking
28 days ago

Nice trail with only one drawback — loose dogs and lots of poo on trail. Many dogs off leash in the first mile. Most trail users on the early weekday I went were MTB’rs but plenty of room to get out of their way.

Was a beautiful evening to hike and was fun for my whole family! Was easy to access beautiful views of the falls without having to hike too long.

Great trail for new hikers. My family loves hiking, but we don’t go often and we are definitely not very good. This trail was super easy. There is an off leash dog area where my boys got to pet and play with several friendly dogs. A great pond for dogs to swim. A little further is a second pond we walked around and threw rocks. The trail goes on for a long ways but we just went to the second pond and came back. Perfect for 5 and 6 year old new hikers.

hiking
29 days ago

Had an amazing time today hiking the upper Fish Creek Falls!! Completely worth it! It’s rated difficult and that was fairly accurate for a few portions, (although that rating seems a little strong for the trail overall). I saw several people hiking without a water bottle and that isn’t wise at all, especially on a day as hot as today was.

Picked a good time to go in the afternoon. No storms, plenty of parking, and few people. Good workout and great views. We went on a pretty warm day. Seeing the pools under the waterfall made ya want to try to jump in.

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