Explore the most popular walking 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.

Beautiful hike. We first did the overlook of the first falls, which was just a stroll and would be perfect for a walk with children or those who want the views without the hike ;)
The second falls hike was a great workout and had a spot in the middle where we got some relief from the incline. It was technical and rocky at parts, and some parts had some snow/ice - spikes probably would have been helpful but we didn't use them.
Would have loved to continue on to Long Lake if we had started a little earlier in the day!

Hiked Sunday 10/14/18. Absolutely beautiful hike! It snowed the whole time! It does get windy and chilly at the top. Some of us did wear spikes and others didn’t, no one slipped! I would say it’s a moderate hike/nice workout if your an experienced hiker! Picture ops around every corner!

Really beautiful hike. It had snowed the night before and all the trees were heavy w powder, which was coming down in chunks as the sun came out. There is a rocky traverse near the upper falls, which other than some snow and ice falling off the sides, was fine and easy. No crampons needed. Gaiters are recommended but not necessary.

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15 days ago

Didn’t hike the whole way. Just enjoyed walking to the little bridges that gave pretty views of creeks and mountains and you don’t have to walk far from the parking lot to get to them. It was a nice pit stop in between driving through snowy range scenic drive road.

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16 days ago

Great fall hike! There’s not a lot of shade at the beginning so probably best on an overcast day. Beautiful views of the waterfall, the aspen grove is stunning right now, the mine was cool to see, and the river at the end is a nice surprise. I’ll do this hike again. The trailhead is unmarked but easy to find. Walk down from the upper lot and it will be on the right.

Great hike even in the steady rain. Trail head is tricky to find since you have to park at the mud creek trail head and walk back toward town along the road. You just have to look for the foot path. It’s a beautiful hike and worth it to enjoy the hot springs pools.

Great hike! My husband and I hiked up to the hot springs today. There were posts of rattlesnakes and mountain lions but this did not deter us from the hike. The trailhead is easy to find if you pay attention. Just head south outside the main entrance and follow the road to a post marked 44320. Turn left there and follow the signs. You cannot miss the entrance. It’s about 6 1/2 miles to 7 miles round-trip but worth it.

love this place

I'd rate the trail between moderate and hard, some parts pretty steep, others a little rocky, but definitely doable with a little experience. Both the upper and lower falls were nice, albeit pretty tame after seeing St. Francis falls in Glacier last month. Hiked about a mile above the 2nd falls: fantastic views and great color.

Nice trail with a moderate incline alongside a small brook. Hiked it and the Pioneer trail on the same trek. Wonderful color and great views. Lots of trail bikes careening down, so be prepared for a few fast dives into the brush.

Great trail with mixed terrains. Both waterfalls are pretty low on water, and so are all the lakes by Steamboat. We went to the upper Falls, you can add miles to the hike by going to Longs Lake.
I would rate this upper moderate rather than “hard”.
Overall beautiful hike in fall colors!

$5 entrance fee per car.

Nice hike only went to lower falls , trail was paved all the way . Will try upper falls soon.

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29 days ago

Easy access to "trail" which was mostly dirt road. Pretty fall color the farther you hiked.

Wonderful Hike! The trail offers a variety of terrain. The path is well travelled, but the higher you hike the less people you see. There are many photo opportunities of Fall Colors, and some wildlife. If you are serious about heading to the second Falls and Lake wear hiking boots and bring plenty of water. Love, Love, Love This Hike!

This was a gorgeous hike! Just as many other people have said BRING WATER! Couldn’t believe how many people had little or no water and wore flip flops. Even if you only go to the first falls it’s best to be prepared. More of a moderate hike than hard. Good variety of terrain on trail.

Probably a beautiful hike, only putting 1 star because we were not able to do the hike as there were WARNING signs of recently sites Mountain Lions (mother and cubs) at the at the start of the trail, hence the walk trail was overgrown so we turned back! Just to note, the Lions were sighted 1 month ago here and then on 13th Sept at the start of the Mad Creek walk just beside this walk (which we also hiked but did not realise there may be mountain lions until after).
Beautiful hike but please note above and check the news!

Decent short hike. I think we were a week early for some really good fall foliage. Definitely recommend going on past the mine to where the trail ends at a creek. 4 stars for having to pay $5.

We took the short and easy paved path and had a lovely time and beautiful views! Quite a few people on a Sunday afternoon, but still enjoyable.

Beautiful, moderate to hard, you will not regret it!! My wife and I are 54, from the Midwest and fairly active. We’ve hiked Colorado, Washington, Arizona and California. We loved this hike to the upper falls! Great workout, not too technical, but plenty of opportunities to explore around the falls. Definitely in our list of Top 20 hikes. Hydrate before, during and after!!

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1 month ago

This was very moderate with borderline hard in certain spots. Continuous incline until you get to the Aspens. Trail is nice but lots of rocks so you may want hiking sticks. Mine was cool and view was great!

Great hike close to town. There are few places near the top of trail that are very rocky and closer to the edge than my wife liked but really doable for most people.

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1 month ago

Wonderful trail with several different scenes including beautiful Aspen woods. Nice workout for 68 year old.
paid five dollars

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1 month ago

It was a nice hike, but very busy with bikers. They were aware of the hikers and courteous to us as they passed. Just a bit uncomfortable for the hikers.

Moderate ???

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1 month ago

Great views
Moderate exertion, not for everyone
Steady climb going in
Nice Aspens along the way
Well maintained
Some sections more challenging, rocky and narrow, not for everyone

worst trail I've ever been on. Half way through there is NO trail. It's not a loop, just a huge dead tree, brush and marsh area for about 2 miles. I tried to push thru following the Alltrails map and it was horrible. Do not go!

It was absolutely breathtaking. I tried to get to the Devil's causeway in May, but could barely make it up the slope due to massive amounts of snow. Trying again in early August was much easier, with almost no snow to be seen. The first 2 or 3 miles to the Devil's causeway were dramatic, and amazing to say the least. Once you get above the treeline, and you reach the top of the ridge, you get an spectacular view of the Chinese wall. After the Devil's causeway, just be ready for a lot of flat, rolling alpine tundra that seems to go on forever. I didn't see a single person after the devil's causeway for 4 hours at least. If you like feeling isolated and really small, you'll love the alpine tundra. Just bring plenty of water and a jacket. (Also a rain jacket).

Amazing!

1 month ago

Take water! Saw too many people on the trail without it.
A lot of people on trail. Not the trail for you if you like solo time.
Aggressive climb up all the way to second falls. Didn’t go to upper lake so not sure it continues the steep climb.
Beautiful scenery, aspen groves and flowers.

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1 month ago

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