Explore the most popular trail running trails in Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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.

Well maintained. Great dog walking with shade and water.

6 days ago

This is a nice hike on soft ground. We only went 3.6 miles in for the sake of my 9 y.o. Swiss Mtn Dog, but enjoyed the forest and scenery. There are quite a few downed trees which could irritate mountain bikers, but that is better for us hikers, truthfully! The hike is in the shade most of the morning being on the north
side of the ridge which is great for dogs. However, carry enough water for both yourself and your canine friend, as water along the trail is very limited!

Great trail to take your dogs....beautiful scenery.

Nice little hike with big bonus falls at the end.

Ive lived all over Colorado for the past 5 years out of my van. This is my favorite hike and all time favorite waterfall. The over look view and the bridge are great but if you hike up to the top. Its quiet the view and very much worth it. Just follow the trail for about 10-15 minutes past the bridge and listen for the water. There are no markers just local trails! Enjoy

21 days ago

Didn't make it all the way to long lake due to a late start but a very nice hike. Trail 75% snowed and grateful we brought hiking poles. Start early in the day, like before 9, to avoid the afternoon rain.

Pleasant hike to the upper falls. Hiked in late April - you'll want to start in the morning while the snow is still hard. If you hike after noon you'll be post-holing in the snow field above the 2nd bridge. It was mid-week and no one else was on this trail. Lots of folks walking the short path to the lower falls.

Good hike

on Fish Creek Falls Trail

1 month ago


Great time, still pretty deep snow near the end.

Great trail. A lot of snow this time of year but well packed.

cross country skiing
3 months ago

Is this the same as Rabbit Ears Trail. Had a great time, amazing sunsets in the trees.

3 months ago

Just finished trail to upper falls. Last bit was steep but trail was well snow packed and hiking shoes is all that’s needed. Its moderate to the lower falls; I would rate this as Hard/Difficult getting to the Upper Falls.

Hiked the lovely snow covered, relatively packed trail in hiking boots past the big falls where there were two ice climbers, through the pines, then aspens, over the rivers wooden bridge and eventually to the smaller falls. Was a nice reward. the views of the valley were awesome. At 10 am we were the only car in the upper lot. lot was full when we returned. moderate rating suits this short trail.

4 months ago

Fairly flat. Very easy trail for the beginner snowshoer. It has multiple loops you may take from about a one mile loop to a three mile loop. Groomed early in the season.

Icy in parts. Definitely need yak tracks In parts

It was a beautiful hike., we went to the upper falls. Great views along the trail.

Easy paved stroll down to the waterfall. About a half hour taking it all in, just gorgeous. Bathroom was quite stinky, but welcome after listening to water. I feel we got lucky at scoring a parking spot at the top! Great time!

6 months ago

Good views. Beautiful up towards Long Lake

I really enjoyed this hike. It was not overly technical and was easy on my sore legs. There were plenty of dogs on the relatively crowded trail. Quite a few places for photo opportunities along the way. I chose to take a dip in the very frigid falls, but was extremely refreshing over a hot LDW.

7 months ago


7 months ago

Pretty trail. We hiked in the rain, but it was still very peaceful and beautiful walking through the changing aspen leaves. The waterfall at the end was satisfying goal.

no dogs allowed on trail :(

Hiked this with my small dogs. Beautiful scenery and a nice climb. Really enjoyed it.

7 months ago

Lovely hike. The first bit is easy, downhill to the falls. From there it is uphill. I did this in the Fall- wonderful colors.

7 months ago

Beautiful hike. No spots of interest, creeks, or watering holes, just a beautiful forest hike. Make sure to bring plenty of water for your dogs though, I was hoping for a creek at some point but ended up giving half my water to my dogs.

My wife and I started this hike at 9:53am on 9/19/17 and we loved it. We are from out of town, and this is our first time in Steamboat. Only a few miles from the condo we are renting. Ranger at the entrance was very helpful. $5 entrance fee and he gave us a map with some recommendations. Small parking lot but quite a few places to park along the road as well.

Hike starts downhill where you see the first falls. Very well constructed bridge to cross and a great spot for photos. Trail continues at a steady incline through well shaded forest and aspen groves for the remainder of the hike. Wish we were here a week later for more leave color change. When you come across the second bridge you'll soon exit the forest for a rocky ledge. Plenty of space to pass others and no fear of falling. It was super windy when we were hiking but we managed to not get blown off. Second falls is pretty cool and you can get right up to it. I'd image it being a nice spot to take a swim on a hot summer day.

I'd say get there early as this is a popular hike. A very nice hike to start our day.

8 months ago

Parking at the trailhead was challenging. It was very crowded and almost had us leaving before we started. It was Sunday midday so... and they do have a picnic area...The trail to the lower falls was very short and most people stayed in that pretty area. We hiked to the upper falls. The trail was narrow and a bit rocky, and you went steadily up. Signage was poor. The trail was marked Long Lake 5 miles, only talking with people did we know it led to the upper falls. It seemed to end there or I didn't see any markings leading to Long Lake. Nice hike though

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