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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.

hiking
2 days ago

Although the hike isn't as hard as I thought it would be, it is all up hill. An SUV or truck is recommended to drive to the trailhead.

Challenging first half of the hike and the causeway is a bit scary but it's all well worth it!

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

mountain biking
4 days ago

Great ride with a hard climb and fast down hill. Beautiful views of the trees and mountains.

Great hike. But very little color change to the Aspens. Wait another week or so for the colors. In the 40s so dress warm. Both upper and lower falls were awesome.

Great hike. But very little color change to the Aspens. Wait another week or so for the colors. In the 40s so dress warm. Both upper and lower falls were awesome.

trail running
5 days ago

Aspen were perfect ... long hike up and down. 100mi runners at Long Lake.

Nice trail ... good workout. For the 2nd year in a row we managed to be on the trail picked for the 100mi marathon run. Lots of nice folks in the run. Wildlife included a nice sage grouse, deer, eagle and hawks. Smoke was clearing, so visibility was greatly improved.