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This was an amazing hike. A must do for hikers in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. I would rate this towards moderately difficult! Although our 10 and 12 year olds made it! A few fearful moments with daughter along ridge of boulders on cliff edge to the valley. Everyone was glad they did it bc big payoffs on the boulder cliff and upper falls! Bring lunch and PLENTY of water! Steep climbing in some areas but well worth the views and upper falls view! If you climb to the upper falls you will be climbing along a somewhat narrow boulder cliff! The view of the valley below gives spectacular views of steamboat! If you don’t want the rock climbing 3 foot wide cliff adventure then go to the 2nd bridge, have lunch on the big boulder and start the easy descent! If you don’t do the upper falls or lake which was not marked and 4 ? Miles beyond upper falls. Still an amazing hike with views of rapids and lower falls!
Our final destination was the upper falls! Didn’t know at the time how much further the Lake was or which path to follow. The upper falls were Powerful almost 300ft. Waterfall! Some were swimming but pretty dangerous and powerful.
This hike is confusing to tourist because you can go as far as 4 destinations or as short of a distance as a simple paved photo waterfall opportunity. 4 destinations really. #1
A lower falls with picnic area for those wanting a quick short stroll for a family with young kids or paved trail.
#2 first bridge #3 2nd bridge #4 upper falls (steep ledge of boulders to cross with valley drop off view! #5 we never reached the Lake! ENJOY!

Nice single track trail with good variety of vegetation, views, and shade. Tons of butterflies in June. The hotspings are a great destination for an put&back trail. My kids (8&10) and husband (with recent knee replacement) had no trouble at all, so I would rate it easy. Fun outing for the family!

hiking
2 days ago

This hike is stunningly beautiful. If you have bad knees you may want to take hiking sticks for the downhill and if you have to bushwhack as we did. The satellite map download is a must for this hike, you will frequently lose the trail. A huge tip; if you want to take the trail clockwise, start up the main trail from the parking area and in about 600 feet, take a sharp left, almost a u-turn onto the clockwise direction trial. Yesterday and today there were three balloons tied to a tree where you take the left u-turn but those can disappear in the future leaving this turn unmarked. Yesterday we thought the balloons were trash and continued to walk straight, taking the counter clockwise hiking direction. Occasionally you will see blue diamonds on the trees but you cannot rely on these to mark the trail. The satellite map which was critical to staying close to on-trail ate up my battery life. I would take a back-up battery device.

One of the most beautiful trails I’ve ever hiked.

Wow! Beautiful and rewarding hike. We were unsure if we'd make it reading other recent reviews about the snowfields. We started the loop on the Gold Creek side, and I don't think we'd have made it if we had started in the other direction. There wasn't much snow at all until we got to the second lake (Gilpin). We did lose the trail going around the lake for a little while, but we were able to pull up a map of which direction to head around the lake. We scooted a little bit down the snowfield, but it would have been not as much fun having to trek up that! We did the whole thing in Chaco's which actually worked great because there were several creek crossings. We only saw 3 other hikers the entire time. It felt like we had the entire place to ourselves. Definitely worth it -- gorgeous views, dynamic landscape. It took us almost 5 hours to hike the entire loop including stopping for lunch at GC Lake and spending some time figuring out how to navigate down the snowfield/getting a tad lost after that. It was 12 miles according to my watch.

backpacking
4 days ago

6/16-6/17 Backpacked the loop clockwise, we lost the trail after the climb after Gilpin lake. It’s usually switchbacks, but was covered in snow. Stay left once you reach the top of that climb...we ended up walking in marsh and fallen trees for awhile before we were able to find the trail again, but we veered right a little...our mistake. But, we eventually made it! Also, bring water shoes for creek crossings. I think we were the only ones camping that night out, so it was very peaceful. One of my favorites by far!

We were on a fly fishing/hike to Gold Creek Lake so only did first part of counter-clockwise route. There were 2 stream crossings, one across a log bridge. The hike and lake are beautiful and moderately challenging for us...mostly a steady uphill to lake. We kept a nice pace to be able to enjoy the views but leave plenty of time to fish.

One of the best round these parts

hiking
6 days ago

This was a fun little hike. Great view of fish creek falls and lots of wildflowers to see. There’s an aspen grove about halfway up that is beautiful. Not too many people on the trail for a Saturday. I counted 4 people total. I would do this hike again.

Beautiful, well-worn trail. Little bit of mud in places. Aspens and wildflowers were lovely. The first mile or so was uphill but after you power through that it becomes easy. Enjoy the falls at the end and a panoramic overlook near the end.

Amazing hike with beautiful waterfalls!

Gorgeous 360 view at the top. Final stretch to summit challenging exposed loose rocks so be prepared for sun and unsteady footing. Accidentally parked prematurely, added ~1 mile to walk albeit beautiful. Biggest parking area is a basketball court-sized clearing after second split left in road--first area is ~3 spots with sign toward hahn peak trail. There is a third area at the trailhead but only 3 spots and jeep-trail quality road

14 days ago

Moderate is accurate for level. The first part does get your heart pumping. Lots of wildflowers blooming now. Family of woodchucks by the homesite near the barn. I turned back after going past the barn to the bridge over the Creek, inspecting the old cabin ruins there. About 1.8 Miles up and then back in 3 hours while taking lots of photos.

hiking
16 days ago

Exceptional hike rated correctly by All Trails according to us flatlander 60 year olds. Early June affords great flow for the water and spring wild flowers are visible everywhere. Early start recommended during this unusually warm spring. This is a not-to-be-missed Steamboat Springs hike. Keepsake photos from this one! Would never do this one without trekking poles.

hiking
17 days ago

Great hike with excellent views. Still a bit of snow on the trail in places. Took my two dogs and made it up in an hour, down in 45 minutes. Top is very exposed.

Awesome hike! We did it 6/2/18 and it was definitely difficult with all the snow but still worth it if you have GPS. There were ~4 river crossings, lots of postholing, and lots of sliding down snowfields. We went counterclockwise and getting to Gold Creek Lake was pretty easy. Then, there was a fairly wide river that we had to take off our shoes to cross (knee deep). After that, it was difficult to follow the trail due to the snow. Climbing up the pass was the most difficult part, again due to the snow, but the view from the top was amazing. We then slid down the snow and lost elevation quickly, using GPS on my phone (would have been very tricky without it). We crossed another wide river, and finally got down to
solid, dry ground again. Beautiful lower trail through Aspen trees and meadows. We saw in the guestbook on our way out that two people encountered a bear!

Loved this trail, tons of birds and wildlife, even had a deer cross the trail in front of us

hiking
18 days ago

Did this hike June 1st. Very manageable incline the whole way and pretty much next to the river the whole time. It was still trying to get it’s green on, but it’s getting there! Trail was mostly dry and snow free until the very last section to the lake. There was no way to find a trail, but the snow was packed enough that we made our own trail over the ridge and found the lake. Most hikers were turning around though. The lake was partially snow covered and trees were bare around it. Pretty hike but definitely more of a late June/July hike.

trail running
20 days ago

Unfortunately, I had to turn around about .5 from the lake due to a lot of snow on the ground that I couldn’t navigate through. A lot of snow still on the trail. The spots without snow were either somewhat muddy or wet with snow run off. Will probably perfect in 3-4 weeks!

Great views from the top

My wife and I attempted on 5/27. We got started from the trailhead right around 7:30 AM. The first 2 miles were pretty straightforward and we made some good time. A lot of patches of snow covering the trail, but solid foot prints allowed us to keep on the trail. There were enough breaks that we could keep on the trail no problem. Once we got about 2 miles in, the trail was completely lost. We saw a trail marker sticking out of the snow saying "Please stay on the trail," but it was no where to be found. We spent about 2 hours trying to scale the face in the snow. By about 11 AM, we were post holing knee deep or even waist deep with every step. Made it to about 11,400 before the snow gave out underneath my wife and she slid back down about 100 feet on top of the snow. At that point, I slid down myself.

As Ben said, it is possible to reach the top, but not via the trail. There was a large area of rock exposed that may have made the top accessible via scrambling . More equipment would make it an easier trip up. All we had were some microspikes. Definitely would recommend starting early because as the sun heats up, the post holing becomes much worse. The way back down was significantly more challenging because all of the snow we simply walked on top in the morning was now melted and caused post holing with every step. Even without reaching the Causeway, it was still a beautiful and certainly memorable hike.

Flight 159- just finished this hike, it was way more intense than I had hoped. The south side was pretty close to impassable without an ice ax and crampons, I luckily found a spot where we could down climb but it was way off trail. There were a few sections where we cliffed out and had to find a different way down, not on the trail. The trail is covered in snow and we were postholing the entire trail. If you do it make sure you have the right equipment, I would even suggest snowshoes. In all it took us 9 hours to do a 10 mile hike. I might suggest doing it later in June. Good luck to the Matthew doing it on the 27th. Camping is plentiful and the road up is fine.

Matthew I appreciate the info. Was worth a shot to see if anyone had hiked it lately. I have been attempting to get through to the Yampa Ranger District with no success as of yet. I may just wing it and see what happens. Happy Trails!

Flight 159 - My wife and I are going to try to do the trail on 5/27/18. I also have been looking for condition reports but have not found any. Looking at the map of US Forest Service Road 900 there are multiple campgrounds along the way each maintained by the US Forest Service. Bear Lake Campground which is 4 miles from the trailhead is open as of 5/14/18 (https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/mbr/recarea/?recid=23030). Horseshoe Campground and Cold Springs Campground both still say "Unreachable" on their respective USFS pages, but both say they generally open on Memorial Day weekend, but with snow until mid-June. I will report back next Tuesday 5/29/18 on road and trail conditions that we encounter. USFS site for The Devils Causeway also states "Unreachable" (https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/mbr/recreation/hiking/recarea/?recid=79305&actid=50)

Has anyone been on this trail lately. Thinking about backpacking in the next week but looking for a condition report? thx

This is the NFS Trail #1202 (I believe) that goes up above Fish Creek Falls toward Longs Lake. Rocky & steep in places. We went only about 1.8 mi up because we didn't have enough water or poles... I'm a little wobbly & really need the poles. A beautiful trail though!

Really enjoyed this one. Did any easy couple miles in to the bridge just past the barn and back out again earlier this week. Incline at the beginning is totally manageable. Great views and varied landscapes.

Did this trail on Mother’s Day. Easy and manageable with beautiful landscapes. Parallels the creek the whole way. We came a bit too close for comfort with a moose.

hiking
1 month ago

Initially I was disappointed by the closed gate at the Stagecoach end. But the 1.5 mile hike to the trailhead was quite beautiful. And relatively flat. So that was not a problem. While I enjoyed the forest, and the solitude (I did not see anyone else on the trail), was disappointed that the trail did not go along side Sarvis creek? I could not see the creek for the entire first 2 miles on the trail. So then I turned around. The only time I was able to see the beautiful creek was right at the official trailhead. That is why I gave this hike a low rating.
Does this trail ever go along side the creek??

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