Browns Creek and Little Browns Creek Trail

HARD 44 reviews
#14 of 95 trails in

Browns Creek and Little Browns Creek Trail is a 16.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Nathrop, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
16.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4297 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

fishing

fly fishing

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

rocky

scramble

Directions from Buena Vista: Drive south 10 miles to County Road 270; and then travel west on County Road 270 for 2.5 miles. This road turns sharply north. Continue straight at this T and follow County Road 272 4 miles to the trailhead.

backpacking
2 months ago

Some good camp spots. Not the best lake, not a lot of waterfront so it does get crowded quick. Definitely challenging. Found a neat spot off of the Wagon loop that had a teepee for the night. Waterfall was great! It gets the most foot traffic, you'll run into a lot of people that are just doing that hike. Probably won't do it again, but well worth it to do it once!

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

Amazing views lots of water some challenging steeps lots of awesome camping spots.

2 months ago

Amazing views lots of water some challenging steeps lots of awesome camping spots.

2 months ago

Amazing views lots of water some challenging steeps lots of awesome camping spots.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

This is one of the best (if not the best) collection of trails in Colorado. From one trailhead you can get SERIOUSLY EVERYTHING. There's a 6 mile round trip hike to a perfect waterfall, there's a 16 mile chill loop to the lake, there's a 16 mile round trip 14er climb to Mt Antero. All of which have numerous perfect camping sites. Don't tell anyone how awesome this trail is, don't want it to get too crowded :)

5 months ago

hard is the correct definition. 50 year old, overweight, smoker.. Llamas didn't break a sweat, I on the other hand could have used a third lung... but, well worth the effort...

5 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

OMG is all I can say! What a stunningly beautiful trail all the way up and back. Although this year's May is still early in the season, we did not fight the post holing like on many of the other trails. Snow covered the trail entirely only for the last 30 min. before the lakes. We hiked to the falls and to the lakes out and back. On the way in we stopped and took pictures endlessly to capture the ever changing scenery, the frozen branches in the creek, and the stunning mountain views. This made it into a LONG day, but well worth the extra time! Especially seeing the towering Mt. Tabeguache while we had our snacks by the lake. Love, love, love this trail. This is a repeat and keeper!

hiking
6 months ago

6 months ago

10 months ago

Hike was fairly difficult, especially through the thick snow but totally worth it the scenery was pretty spectacular.

hiking
Monday, August 29, 2016

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Thursday, July 28, 2016

hiking
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

hiking
Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Steep uphill at the beginning of the hike, probably for half a mile. People take horses on this trail and we had to constantly watch where we stepped to avoid the horse poop. The waterfall was a nice end point, there's some sitting space to take a break and eat snacks before hiking back.

backpacking
Sunday, July 03, 2016

First part is pretty steep but gets easier. Worth the effort for the views.

hiking
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Spectacular views along the ridge line portion of the trail . Steep in areas with rocks and soft ground to negotiate. Awesome hike and the waterfall was amazing. A challenging but rewarding hike for a flatlander who has 3 hikes under his belt. More difficult than Mayflower Gulch and Bakers Tank.