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Agnes Vaille Falls Trail is a 1.2 mile heavily 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, bird watching, and horses and is best used from March until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Length 1.2 mi Elevation gain 538 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Hiking

Horseback riding

Walking

Bird watching

Forest

Views

Waterfall

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Getting There

Note: This trail is currently closed due to a rockslide. For more information, please see https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/psicc/recarea/?recid=12629 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.

San Isabel National Forest 719-553-1400 (main office)

From the town of Nathrop (south of Buena Vista on Highway 285) take county road 162 West into the Chalk Creek valley. You will pass the Mt Princeton Hot springs along the way, a great place to relax. The trailhead parking is just short of 9 miles from the Highway 285 and county road 162 intersection. It is on the right side of the road and labeled with forest service signs. It is directly across the road from Chalk Lake Campground.

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Dakota Cunningham
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Hiking

Looks like the falls had another collapse. There appears to be additions debris from last year. You can’t get to the back fall of the falls.

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Amanda Meredith
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HikingRockyScramble

Clearly marked for the first half of the trail then, thanks to washouts and people creating their own trails, it’s a little harder to follow. The lookout for the falls is a small rock scramble up from the information boards. To get to the falls you need to backtrack from the lookout where there’s a scramble down to the creek. There’s signs saying not to go down but that’s exactly where to go down at. The trail follows the creek, really close to the water before crossing and scrambling up the bank on the other side. Then it follows the creek to the waterfall. Some skree and rock scrambling involved. And most likely wet shoes. But the waterfall is absolutely stunning, cold, and clear. We went around the 2nd week of June and the falls were flowing strong. This is a snowmelt fall so the sooner in the summer you go the better the chance of seeing the falls. The surrounding area offers a hot springs, ghost town, numerous hiking trails, fishing lake, horseback riding, 3 camp grounds, and close proximity to the collegiate peaks. 20ish min from saliva, 20 to buena vista. Definitely recommend taking a few days to see everything.

Dee M.
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Hiking

Loved the trail. A .little murky where trail goes once we got to the swampy area.

Bret S.
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Joshua Howard
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Teri Thompson
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Hiking

We also hiked on to chalk lake and went around it

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Justin Merritt
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Erica Delaney
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Hiking

Beautiful quick trail and easy to follow until the end. There was a makeshift sign that said danger and threw us off a bit near the top. If you go left you end up at a pretty view point of the falls, if you go right and cross the river then the trail picks back up and you can get to the falls.

Emily M
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Hiking

Beautiful waterfall! The map for this trail seems to be off. You can follow it for about the first half mile for a nice lookout, but after that it seems to be too steep. Not really sure where this trail was supposed to go...We turned around and followed the other people and sign to continue the hike.

Cornbread Cindy
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HikingRocky

This trail is actually CLOSED. US Forest website confirms this. This is NOT a trail you need to be on! We walked to the viewing platform because we did not know the trail is closed. There is no signage as of June 2020 at the trail head indicating the trail is closed. Sad story regarding a deadly rockslide on this trail that resulted in 5 members of the Johnson family from Buena Vista perishing on this trail. I did not know this until after we got back home and was reviewing my videos.

Brie Stahl
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HikingOff trailRockyScramble

Hiked this with my boyfriend and dog! The trail leads you to a false summit which is confusing, but there is a sign pointing to the creek and all you have to do is follow that sign and walk up next to the creek to get to the falls! Be careful it does have warnings for flash floods so make sure you are watching the weather! A short beautiful rewarding hike mostly in the shade! My dog had an amazing time and so did we!

Paul Glenn
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HikingRocky

Fun little trail with a rewarding ending. Trail is a bit hard to follow.

Melissa Smith
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Hiking

Very quick hike and high reward. Pretty rocky on the way up but a gradual incline. We hiked to the base of the waterfall. Great views.

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Mary Bell
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Hiking

The trail doesn’t have any snow on it. The road is super easy to drive up there, you don’t need 4WD or a high clearance vehicle.

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Liz D
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Hiking

A short easy hike, some rocky and steep areas with a tremendous waterfall at the end.

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Kariane Breden
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HikingIcySnow

beautiful little hike, parts of the trail are compacted and icy, useful to have traction devices on hand! went at 1pm on 02/29 and had the trail to ourselves for over an hour!

Katy Martin
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Totally gorgeous — a few sketchy parts where the snow was compacted and slippery (microcleats will do the trick), plus some shifting rocks towards the waterfall. Didn’t see a single other person, but the trail is well enough traveled that you can see the path through the snow. Not sure how people cross the river during the spring/summer, but I’m sure it’s beautiful then too.

Aubrey Hill
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HikingIcy

This trail is easy to get two in a 2WD car. Beautiful hike with great mountain views. You can walk right up to the frozen waterfall to get a closer look. We brought yak trax and we were so happy to have them! The snow is high in some places and very icy in others. Also, the sign says this is the Agnes Vaille fall. I think a sign for Angel fell off... but this is the same place. It was getting just a touch busy when we left but not really crowded at all.

Sarah Taylor
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Got here at 11 on a Saturday. Only two other cars at the trailhead. Really pretty hike. Elevation gain is nice and gradual. I wore hiking shoes only and wished I had brought my yak tracks. Definitely icy in lots of areas. Trail is packed down. Waterfall is, of course, frozen. Our dog had no issues on the trail. Nice Mountain views.

J & E Rush
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HikingIcy

Great winter hike. No special equipment required, pole or stick helpful. Trail would have been hard to find after fresh snowfall, but packed trail/footprints were visible today. Beautiful frozen waterfall at end.

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Fast Daytona
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HikingIcyOff trailSnow

Fantastic winter hike with excellent views, definitely coming back in the summer! If you're planning to hike it now, you may have trouble finding the path under the snow, but it is doable with no equipment.

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