Agnes Vaille Falls

MODERATE 56 reviews
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Agnes Vaille Falls is a 1.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Nathrop, Colorado that features a waterfall 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.

1.1 miles
403 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly



horseback riding





off trail

Gorgeous falls set deep in the side of Mt Princeton. 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.

3 months ago

I use to live in this town and worked with a lady who along with her whole family got crushed by a rock slide here. Not worth it still very risky and there are many trails that are prettier.

4 months ago

I hiked this trail this morning and it is NOT closed. There are signs at the trailhead warning that a recent flash flood/rock slide has made the trail hazardous.
Conditions of trail were loose rock, gravel, and sand. Nothing a pair of hiking boots can’t tackle. As you get closer to the top, there is another sign indicating that you assume risk beyond that point. If you continue on, expect some scrambling. If you take your time and pay attention to where others have gone, you will find a route. Use common sense.

4 months ago

Delightful hike to waterfall. Good for family hike and adventure. Use caution at top as rocks are lose,but nothing to be frightful of.

7 months ago

Fun with five year old son—kept him active and engaged

7 months ago

Great short hike to a beautiful little cascading fall. Some of the groups decided it would be a good idea to climb from the base of the falls up loose dirt and large boulders for “a better look”. I do not advise this as one group knocked a Volkswagen sized bolder down the mountain into the creek at the bottom of the falls. It very fortunate no one was hurt. Be on the lookout for hikers that could put your part in harms way by doing this. Otherwise beautiful walk.

7 months ago

Hiked in late April. Trail is open, easy to navigate until you reach the sign that warns you about rock slides and flash floods. After that you're basically on your own. We made it all the way up to the falls which has amazing views, but there's a ton of lose rock and no sure fire way to move around. Hike it with serious caution!

8 months ago

Really easy hike with good views. Last stretch to the falls is not really a trail, mostly loose rock. Would not recommend for small children or if you're not sure footed. Not a lot of traffic.

Saturday, October 07, 2017

The trail is difficult to discern because if the slide and flooding and I couldn't find a way to the end of the trail at the falls. I think the trail is too damaged to take to the end. I believe there should be clearer warnings about the trail conditions. I could see the falls from a distance and I would recommend the loop instead of trying to go up the damaged area. I can see why this used to be a favorite. The loop was fixed to cross the creek and looked safe. Very pretty hike despite safety concerns,

Saturday, September 02, 2017

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.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

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.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

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.

Sunday, July 02, 2017

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.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

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

Monday, June 12, 2017

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

Friday, March 03, 2017

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.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Very pretty. These pictures taken 7/20/2013

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....

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Closed? Ridiculous, Why not close all of the trails in Colorado then? Mountains don't care about human safety.

Sunday, October 06, 2013

yes, a very pretty area, but as you may have heard....a pretty dangerous one too. Major tragedy this week there. It is unclear if they will reopen it. lots of support in the community to close it permanently

Friday, October 04, 2013

Now closed because of rockslide. Quite lovely, particularly near the end. Gorgeous waterfall.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Great trail for kids! Short but sweet trail with a beautiful waterfall at the end.

Monday, August 05, 2013

We did this as a family hike with my parents and children. This is a pretty short hike with some vertical, overall this is an easy hike until the end where there are some rocky and steep sections. My parents made it the whole way, but was a bit slow going at the top. This is a great family hike with a good waterfall at the end.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Wonderful, moderate trail that is in and out of shade. Waterfall was lovely. Easily done in an hour.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Great hike. Falls not following too much yet, but I bet they will be soon!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Very nice trail with markers along the way that tell of the history.
Easy hike for someone who does not hike much or who may be a little out of shape.
I went late in the year so the waterfall was not flowing as good as it probably would be in Spring

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Great, easy hike! Starts off as a trail, but as you get closer to the falls there is a little more hiking involved. We took a picnic and had lunch before heading back!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

This trail is a steady uphill grade but only a half mile to the falls. On the particular day I went (middle of June) the falls were beautiful. Also, depending on how adventurous you feel, you can scramble up some rocks for different views of the falls. Well worth the trip!

Friday, March 30, 2012

This is a great hike. Very pretty, and oppurtunity for rock scrambling at the end, if one is up to explore a little. When hiking it, it always seems longer then "advertised".

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Beautiful in early May with lots of snow on the surrounding Peaks. Last part of trail requires some scrambling over rocks.

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