Agnes Vaille Falls

MODERATE 36 reviews
#18 of 91 trails in

Agnes Vaille Falls is a 1.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Nathrop, Colorado that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, birding, and horses and is best used from March until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
1.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
419 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

walking

horseback riding

forest

views

Gorgeous falls set deep in the side of Mt Princeton. [Currently CLOSED because of a dangerous rockslide] From the trailhead it is easy to find the well labeled trail that will lead you up to the falls. Though this trail is short, it does gain a fair amount of elevation, so take your time. Bring water as well, since this area is very arid and the valley can get pretty hot in the summer. When you near the falls you will likely see signs not to climb around on the rocks or approach the falls to closely as rock fall is a common occurrence here. You will likely see a sign because about once a year the sign in crushed or buried in a rock fall, so heed the warning. These falls flow best in the spring, but by late summer or fall in dry years will completely stop flowing.

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6 days ago

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21 days ago

We hiked this trail in May of 2017 with family. Did the same in 2010 with family. It's a good trail for kids and adults alike.

There have been a few unfavorable reviews, but keep in mind the tragedy that happened here in 2013 when a family lost 5 members to the rock slide. We hiked up to the falls in 2017, and I paid my respects for the family, and we hiked back down. Believe me, it was a very eerie feeling to be at the base of that falls and see the slide area that took the lives of that family.

There was talk of not opening it back up to hikers after the rock slide, but I believe it IS open. The trails might not be completed as of yet, but it is still accessible. There are wildflowers galore, and that is worth the trip in itself. This trail is definitely worth the short hike to see the falls.

1 month ago

Very beautiful falls, although due to a landslide the trail is damaged right now. You can still get to the falls if you climb down to the creek and follow it up.

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

The trailhead was easily visible off Road 162 and the beginning of the hike looked promising. As we ascended, we had difficulty finding the rock steps as they were covered with rocks, sand and gravel. We continued through wet sand, then through boulder fields. We found ourselves confused until we found a warning sign to proceed at our own risk. We followed some small blue flags to catch a slight glimpse of the falls and turned around when we couldn't find any more blue flags. We tried to take the loop, but would have to cross the Chalk Creek which was a little too wide and our shoes weren't water proof. We went back the way we thought we came, then realized we were 30 feet off the trail.

We weren't sure when the trail was damaged, but we hope that others who choose this trail will hike carefully.

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

Sign on the trail head says this new Cascade Loop Trail is still being worked on. We came across forest service employees working on a creek crossing. Loop is one mile and easy. There is an optional 1/4 mile trail to the water fall that is a little harder. We went to the water fall and hike was exactly 1.5 miles total Our 4 and 7 year old had no problems. A few creek crossings, the dog liked the water.

hiking
2 months ago

The new loop doesn't take you in a way you can see the waterfall at all but it's still beautiful and you cross a little Creek

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3 months ago

3 months ago

this is open and now called cascade loop trail. pretty views, straight up.

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4 months ago

5 months ago

6 months ago

The trail is now open but does not go all the way to the falls. There is a barricade about 100 yards from the falls. It is now a loop. I believe it is now called Cascade Creek Trail. We hiked it Wednesday.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

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Friday, September 18, 2015

Very pretty. These pictures taken 7/20/2013

hiking
Friday, July 17, 2015

Very easy hike to do. It's a tragedy what happened there. Very beautiful area.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Looks to be closed indefinitely....