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You must take the 637 route not the 633 or you end up at a private locked gate that denied access to the falls. So take care to locate the right route.

I actually don’t know what condition the trail is in because the road is closed. It’s mid April and there was no snow this year. The FS is on top of things as usual.

hiking
10 days ago

This trail is NOT really open yet. We had to park outside the irst gate, which adds 2,5 miles onto your hike each way (bathrooms are stilllocked at the campground and everything is closed). The trail itself needs some hardcore maintanence to be done which hasnt happened this season yet. We ended up having to go over about 50 to 75 trees, some o which were in rather dangerous locations. Dogs should def not attempt this trail right now. It took us about 4.5 hours to do 11 miles. We ended up not finding the hot springs before it got to dark so we turned around at the river (about 1 mile from the campsite and trail to hot springs). Overall, I would not say this trail is by any means 'Open' in April.

hiking
27 days ago

Rough drive to the trailhead. SUV or pickup truck is best. You need the ground clearance. Once there, it's an easy hike. Especially beautiful in Autumn when the leaves are changing. Be advised that if you want to take a dip, the water is very cold. Don't ask me how I know.

Road closed to the trailhead. Have to walk in two miles on a dirt road before actual hike starts

hiking
1 month ago

Easy, short hike

1 month ago

Great hike!

hiking
1 month ago

HIKED ON SUNDAY MARCH 4, 2018

My first time hiking this trail was late October 2017 with some friends my first time in Durango. It is one of my favorites in SW Colorado so far. TRAIL IS VERY ROCKY SO BE CAREFUL WHERE YOU STEP TO AVOID HURTING YOUR ANKLE OR FALLING.

The hike doesn't start off the best. From the parking lot you have to wander though the camp/picnic grounds to the actual trailhead, this path isn't well marked but just head east from the lot. One you get to the trailhead there is a decent amount of elevation gain up to a point where you will have a clear view of the creek. At first you will be walking high above the creek but after a few miles you will eventually be walking along the creek. Honestly isn't the most scenic hike but is quiet and you have the Vallecito Creek the whole way. I made it about 5 miles deep before turning around.

Lots of little waterfalls along the creek so Spring/Summer this would be an amazing hike to come and relax by the water.

As of now SNOWSHOES COULD HELP BUT ARE NOT NECESSARY!! Most of the snow was at the beginning in the camp/picnic grounds. One you get to the trail you are fine.

Nice short trail and view of the falls. The drive to get there takes away from the review although the trail itself and surrounding area was very nice. Try to take a SUV or truck and be prepared for a longer drive to get there.

hiking
2 months ago

ATTENTION: The road to the trail head was closed when we went this past weekend (2/3/2018) so expect an extra 3 miles each way along slightly boring, flat forest road. We parked in the turnout along the highway and walked in.

Snowy and icy, but not something that would require snowshoes or traction devices. Gaiters could be nice though for some parts. Not difficult as far as elevation change goes. I found the directions a bit confusing when it said to go left at the last fork and pass the campground... the only left path at a fork was closed off by logs and we never saw an official campground. Nonetheless, the hot springs were easy to find by just heading low near that fork and walking along the river.

Lots of algae in the springs.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike! Was very icy in some areas. would not recommend hike if you do not have good shoes and are able to do steep climbs down and up. The springs are a pretty good drop down to get to. Gorgeous views and the hot springs are beautiful. Well worth the long hike

hiking
3 months ago

The trail was covered in snow so hiking shoes would be helpful. I would love to come back and do it again in the spring!

hiking
3 months ago

Nice hike (took around 8 hours), was sunny most of the way to the hot springs, however the sun was behind the mountains on the return trip.

Most of the trail has no tree cover, sunscreen recommended.

Trail had snow most of the way and ice in a few spots. Recommend waterproof hiking boots.

Since AllTrails does not have a way to communicate with other outdoor enthusiast, I can be reached on Facebook Messenger if you have any questions.

We followed the directions from this app and ended up at a closed gate 2 miles from the destination. No signs leading to the falls. After a long drive on dangerous roads, we ended up having to turn around and find another trail.

Trail was not “easy” as advertised. Overgrown in many parts. Long drive on skinny roads to reach destination.

hiking
4 months ago

Breathtaking, quick and easy

hiking
4 months ago

Did this hike in July. Loved all the wildflowers! There are a lot of dead trees due to a fire years ago. This however provides incredible views of neighboring mountains and an opportunity for wildflowers to grow like crazy! We only encountered a handful of people and found the hot spring with the help of a fellow hiker. Be aware that you must navigate down a steep incline with a rope to access the bathing spot. Happy Hiking!

This is an amazing hike with views of Vallecito Creek running wild through the gorge. Tremendous whitewater and plenty of opportunities to sit and chill by the Creek. Has some ups and downs and the first bridge makes a good half day hike at about 3.7 miles each way.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful trail. Trail gets craggy in places so bringing along trekking poles may be a good idea.

Great trail, especially if you’re trying to squeeze a trip in late October into early November. Also, a good trip for novices or 55+’s who are fairly new to backpacking. Lower elevation, not much elevation change . . . at least for most of the trail coming in from Vallecito Reservoir. Ours was a three day trip, in and out with a day in between. Wanted to try to go to Emerald Lake for a day trip on the second day, but weather prevented us from going. Anyway, great places to camp leading up to the Emerald Lake trail or at the the junction.

hiking
5 months ago

I've heard that it's a lovely hike, but we didn't actually do it because the directions link sent us to a place several miles down the road. The road conditions are really bad, so a couple of miles meant that the actual trallhead was out of our reach for the day. I realize that this was our own fault, but I wanted to leave a review so that others know not to trust the link sent to their phone.

loved it! was beautiful all the way around.

hiking
6 months ago

I did this hike a few weekends ago. It was an amazing hike and the main trail was cleared of trees. Unfortunately there was a lot of dead trees that made it not as pretty as it could be.

The description on this hike was fantastic! It was comforting to have these markers to be sure I was on the right trail. The only confusing part was at the end "where the trail forks. Shortly, maybe 15-20 steps) after the last drainage with the waterfall on your right, there is a fork that goes up to a primitive campsite. We did not see a route from here down to the stream. Instead we continued to the right of this fork around the top of the hill. You'll soon see an opening with many trails although some were blocked by trees. From this point fork left and down to the river. Follow down stream (back in the direction you came) to the hot springs.

Pretty. We only took it for 2 miles and turned around due to dark clouds overtop.

Very easy, quick but great views!

Love this trail! Good climb right off the bat with great canyon scenery. Then you wind next to and over the creek. Good camping options beyond 4 miles in... can't wait to explore further!

Beautiful day to hike William's Creek Trail! We forgot to download the map and of course there is no service in the valley. Even if we'd had the map, I don't think it would have helped us. The All Trails app says that at 6.1 miles, the trail stops but backpackers said that you could take it to the Continental Divide Trail. And our Gazetteer map shows that we could have gone as far as a lake just below the CDT if we had gone about 2 miles further. As it was, I think we went in about 6 miles - crossed two pretty good-sized rivers and passed through three large, gorgeous meadows. Great day!

backpacking
7 months ago

Wow! I hiked this trail solo as my psuedo vision quest 8/27-8/31. the first day started at vallecito trailhead and ended at johnson creek junction. It was appx 9 miles and wasn't too difficult. Day 2 was from johnson creek / vallecito creek junction up the johnson creek trail to Columbine lake. This was when the lungs and legs were on fire. A ton of switchbacks and it was VERY warm that day. VERY IMPORTANT, at the second major creek crossing of johnson creek, load up with water because there is VERY little until you reach the lake. Day 3 was day hiking from Columbine lake as a base. Went up to columbine pass and then a few hours north to Jupiter Mtn. Great views of Vallecito basin and Chicago Basin the entire time. Days 4-5 were spend backtracking to route. While I saw lots of signs of bears, I never saw any actual bears. Plenty of elk and mule deer. overall great trip with tons of breathtaking sights along the way!

7 months ago

Great family hike. Very gradual elevation gain. The lake is amazing. Go early to avoid the crowds.

camping
7 months ago

Had a great hike up. Hot springs were great after the hike. Had a small thunderstorm come over the first day but didn't last long.

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