Explore the most popular waterfall trails in Pike 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.

Absolutely loved this hike! The first .7 miles is along Hondo Ave. The trail is steep, narrow, and rocky in sections, but the scenery is amazing. One note; this hike IS NOT 5.8 miles. I tracked over 8 miles. It's absolutely worth it. But plan for about 8 miles.

hiking
13 hours ago

Awesome hike! We did a lap around the lake and added 5 miles and some bushwhacked a bit.

awesome hike, steep sandy areas, views of river all along hike are amazing.

Beautiful scenery! Loved the waterfall. Trail was marked clearly . Will do this again

This trail is closed

Loose rock

New plant growth at risk for damage from hikers

Sharp pieces of metal. Not safe for dogs or clueless hikers

High risk for danger and low chance of rescue + heavy prosecution

Do not disturb the neighborhood attempting to go here

Allow this beautiful place to heal and respect the rules. They are there for a reason. Don’t be that guy who gets hurt and further shuts this place down even more.

Trail was mostly clear, did see mountain lion tracks so be advised. Lovely views, steep climb up to the Pancake Rocks.

hiking
8 days ago

This is a beautiful trail along the Platte River. WE wondered why it was rated as hard until we got to about mile 3.5 and it was a scramble to get up so we decided to turn back. There are some places that are extremely narrow and the footing is soft. Hoping to go back and complete this at some point. The trail has markings but they are not well defined and we did stray a few times from the trail unnecessarily.

hiking
12 days ago

Loved this hike. It was hard but had everything, Cliffside trails,rocky terrain,Meadows, multiple waterfalls,gurgling streams and then finish with the reservoir and great view of the mountains. This was my first solo hike and it did not disappoint, I am pretty sore a few days later still!

Very steep and difficult right off the bat.Trail was very muddy in some parts and still quite a bit of snow. The view from the top is amazing! Unfortunately, no actual falls as they were buried under snow. We could hear the rushing water, but never actually saw any. A wonderful woman directed us over to an amazing lookout after a steep but short rock ascent-made the whole hike worth it and I so appreciate her.

I love this Trail gone on it many times. I only wish people would keep their dogs on the leash and pick up after them as there is dog poop all over the trail. love to take my dogs on the Trail but never have them off leash. met some people on the hike who had their dog off-leash they didn't even notice that their dog had turned around and went the other way until I said something. then the lady got mad because I said she needs to keep her dog on the leash. otherwise beautiful Trail.in the winter it's covered in ice and the views are well worth the hike up. nice place to have a picnic

This hike starts off with a steep climb on a dirt road from parking area to trailhead of .6 miles. Then the first mile is moderately hard and rocky. Then you get to this beautiful meadow and it is worth the hike. After the meadow is another moderate climb to a road that leads to the reservoir. Pretty view of the mountains behind the reservoir. Great challenging hike with great views. No snow and only a little mud. Nice amount of small waterfalls which present great opportunities for nature photos. We will do this hike again!

hiking
14 days ago

oh boy. today was an adventure! first, the beware of the bathrooms at the trail head . . . no toilet paper and garbage all over the floor - if I would of had a garbage bag with me, I would of gladly cleaned it up.

the beginning of the trail was quiet and beautiful and then it got hard to follow. luckily I ran into an older couple who were having the same issue so we decided to hike together. the only real helpful (if I can even call it that) sign on the trail was nailed down to a rock with dotted lines in a circle that stated where there was water access, the gill trail or the upper cheeseman parking lot. we wanted to get to the reservoir so we stayed on the gill trail which ended up being a dead end. so we back tracked and took the upper cheeseman parking lot trail which did eventually lead us to views of the reservoir but at this point we were at 5.5 miles. the signs at the trailhead made it seem like you could hop on the road and get to the original starting parking lot fairly easy, but that wasn't the case. we figured hiking back almost 6 miles was a little far. we ended up hitching a ride to the starting parking lot by some friendly folks who had just came out from backpacking on the goose trail.

overall this trail was okay, I kind of wished I would of spent my Sunday hiking something worth while. and there isn't anything hard about it except staying on the actual trail and then having the desire to hike all the way back to parking.

Did this trail on 05-05-18. Great weather but the last three miles were heavily snow covered making it hard to see the trail. We were exhausted at the end and hitched a ride back down.

Great hike with beautiful views! Not sure I’d say it was hard though, maybe moderate. Watch out for snakes!

Very good!

Moderately challenging hike with a rewarding view at the reservoir. Well worth the 3 mile ascent with a decent incline gain throughout. Trail was clear with very little mud, no snow.

This was a great first 14’er hike because of its length. Hiked this trail in September of 2017. My dog and I took off up the trail at 5 am and reached the summit by 11:10am. We hung out for a bit and hiked back down. We booked it and got back to the trailhead at 1:20pm. Total distance was 22.7 miles. I would recommend to anyone who wants a good challenge. Extremely beautiful to see the landscape change throughout the 8500 feet of elevation gain.

This hike was decently steep but very enjoyable! I went up while it was snowing which added another element to everything! The snow on the trees was very peaceful but made navigating the trail with the rocks a little tricky! You have to park at the bottom by the park as there is no parking for hikers allowed in the neighborhood so there is a bit of an extra walk up the dirt road to get to the trailhead. There's a gorgeous alpine meadow after the major part of the incline and you follow the creek for a bit as well where you see some waterfalls! The trail ends at the reservoir (not a waterfall like I thought for some reason :p ) but the reservoir lake is gorgeous and I'm sure there are great mountain views when there's not a storm brewing! No facilities at the trailhead (there might be some where you park) and the parking area is decent sized!

Had a fantastic hike here today with a buddy- weather was fantastic and lots of friendly fishers were at work in the stream. A bit of small climbing areas if you stick on the higher trails but overall pretty manageable and a great workout- leaves you feeling satisfied when done!

Hiked on April 14th, 2018. I'd recommend spikes, but you can get away without them. Definitely don't need snowshoes. Trail is pretty well marked, but make sure to keep an eye out for cairns above treeline.

This trail is very hard at times if you start on the Green Mountain Falls side. But the view is WELL worth it.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked this a week ago on a beautiful, warm, April day! Not one speck of snow. I would not consider this trail hard...a lot of ups and downs and scenic views along the river. I parked at the canyon trailhead on road 126 so I went all the way to the dam turn around (warning signs saying no trespassing) then turned back and took the trail leading to the other parking lot. If you park at the canyon trailhead definitely take the trail at the rock split (it's obvious, there is a map on a rock), otherwise you will miss awesome views of the reservoir! Once I got to the higher parking lot on road 211, I walked/ran back on the road which was definitely faster than taking the trail back. Sorry I don't remember all the parking lot names! If you are more of an advanced hiker, this really is not a workout or hard hike. I would recommend this more for a peaceful nature stroll!

Happy hiking!

hiking
1 month ago

Great, steady up and down. Didn't make it past the loose gravel at the 4mi turn because of older dog. Beautiful views of the river.

Hiked this today and the view was fantastic. Still slippery in spots and the elevation gain was pretty good for it being a small hike.

Beautiful view. Hiked up to the reservoir, and we had it to ourselves. Some snow and ice on the trail, but not to bad

They have ramped up giving tickets for trespassing. Don't do this hike. The Manitou police are now patrolling the entrance and will get you when you come out.

hiking
1 month ago

The views are amazing. Also the Barr Camp stop is great right before the hiking gets really tough. I will say, I would recommend letting the snow and ice melt a little more. Could not have done this Trail without micro spikes. It made the last 3 miles particularly rough. I’ll definitely do this Trail again, probably just between June and September. Also, be smarter than me, and don’t assume you can buy a ticket and ride the cog rail down. It’s closed indefinitely.

HIKED ON APRIL 1, 2018

START: 6:30AM
END: 2:30PM

This was my first 14er. Would not recommend as first 14er for most people unless you hike a lot in difficult conditions. The 13 miles RT and 4300ft elevation gain is not easy without proper training and hiking experience.

YOU DO NOT NEED 4WD TO GET TO TRAILHEAD!! ROAD IS PERFECTLY CLEAR FOR ALL TYPES OF CARS

Hike to summit took 4 hours. 2 hours up to tree line, 2 hours above tree line. Lots of elevation gain on first half of hike. Make sure to look for and follow Cairns, some are hard to see but trail is marked the whole way. Some scrambling the final bit up to summit but not difficult.

Spent maybe an hour at summit. Ate lunch and took some pictures before heading down.

Hike back to trailhead took about 3 hours.

Other than strong wind and some icy spots in the trees this was a pretty chill hike. Not too difficult for an intermediate hiker.

2 hour drive from Denver to Trailhead

I've done these peaks numerous times over the last 45 yrs. I've taken a number of beginners. They are possibly the easiest 14ers, but they have beautiful views. I've read that some consider the southwest descent off Bross to be one of the most difficult descents off any 14er. As others have recommended, stay off the summit of Bross but you can get close enough to legitimately tick it off the list. Great way to get 4 in one day. An 8 am start is late.

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