Browns Creek Waterfall Trail is a 6.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Nathrop, Colorado that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Length6.2 miElevation gain941 ftRoute typeOut & back
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This is a very fun hike to a spectacular waterfall. The hike has plenty of variety that will keep your interest including meadows, pine, and aspen forest. You will be treated to many views of Mt Antero, and even get to test your balance by crossing Browns Creek via small log bridges. Parts of the trail are sandy or have loose rock, so be prepared to get dusty, and you will likely waste some energy on the soft ground. Perfect choice for a short, moderate day hike. First half is where the elevation is mostly gained, and then the path nearly flattens out until the final water crossing just before the falls. All along the path, the trail has great signage, but be on the lookout for the very small sign directing hikers up to the falls. Restrictions: No camping allowed at trailhead Pets must be leashed No motorized vehicles Fire restrictions are very common in this area For up-to-date information please contact the Salida Ranger District (719-553-1404)

Most of this hike is exposed to the sun. So be prepared with sunscreen and plenty of water The waterfall is most impressive in late spring / early summer when snow runoff is at its peak If you like to fish bring your gear browns creek has some good fishing If you plan to overnight there is lots of additional hiking in the area including (browns lake, the Colorado Trail, and mt Antero)

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Chris Videckis
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(1/28/21) Snow shoes are an absolute necessity right now. Access road is closed so expect another 4 miles (2 in, 2 out) in fairly deep snow. The trail itself is exposed in some parts but the back half is not broken in, and I would highly recommend snow shoes for now. Aside from the access road being closed and the deep snow, the waterfall is frozen and the untouched wilderness around the trail is definitely worth a visit.

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Bill Williams
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i hiked this trail on sat 1/23. new snow so we were cutting trail, but it was still doable with spikes. might bring snowshoes just in case there's more snow. beautiful views of the valley along the way. be ready for tree crossings.

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Mike Davis
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It was an amazing hike, good shoes and spikes recommended. There were 4 trees crossings.

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Elisa Kelley
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Wonderful hike! I was fine in hiking boots but someone I was with said they would have preferred having spikes. The access road was accessible with four-wheel-drive. The only problem we came across was a huge tree blown down over the last bridge we needed to cross to get to the falls, so we couldn’t get to them.

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Abbie Ringle
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Beautiful trail - great views and a gorgeous frozen waterfall. We didn't need snowshoes or microspikes on 1/2/21, the trail is well packed. We were the only ones at the trailhead at 9:30am on a holiday weekend, not too busy at all. Subaru forester had no problems with the access road. Highly recommend.

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Michael Rigg
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Great day for a long walk to the falls. We were in ankle deep powder the whole time. Bring gators for sure and maybe have snow shoes handy. Falls are frozen but beautiful. We parked in the main lot (not the trail head) so did 10.5 miles.

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Angela King
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Gorgeous. First 1.5 is up up up. Then, indeed, it flattens out. Snow on trail was packed down today. A few icy areas but completely manageable without spikes. Lots of sunshine. Great views. Fun Creek crossings. Easy to find & ample parking with bathrooms at trailhead. The falls at the end are both frozen, yet flowing underneath.

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Katie Oakes
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HikingGreat!Snow

We loved this trail, it was so beautiful in the snow! We brought spikes for our boots but didn’t need them once— trail was packed down but not icy. The waterfall at the end is frozen over, pretty cool!

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Ethan Printy
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snow was maybe ankle deep. great conditions for hiking!

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Cheryl Gerber
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This is a must do if you’re in the area - snow or no snow, it doesn’t matter. I went today (thanksgiving), easy ride to the TH w/a 4runner. Only 2 of us on the trail until I almost got to the car at the end. Started at 8:30am. Snow is packed and easy to follow. I imagine spikes will help because there are some icy spots now. Didn’t even feel like 6 miles RT, and it’s so serene back there, quiet, water flowing, sunshine throughout - my pup loved it too! Is the waterfall “magical”?, no, but probably a great place to picnic during the summer/spring.

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Ryan Short
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Hiked on Sunday 11/22, beautiful day and trail was in good condition. Decent amount of snow and ice on the trail at the top half but still easily passable with just regular hiking boots. Waterfall was icy and beautiful. Only passed three pairs of hikers the whole time!

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Julia Moffitt
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Spectacular views and waterfall!! Pretty high traffic though. Did this back in June.

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Mike Smith
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Perfect hike to escape the wind. However, there was significant mud and slush on trails half way up to the falls. Also to note a couple trees fell recently (maybe yesterday) and were across the trail about 1/4 mile from falls. Bridges a bit slick/icy. But my family of 4 made it with great enjoyment. Falls were beautiful with ice present. Hiking stick might be useful.

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Reut Cohen
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Very fun and hiker-friendly trail. Nice views, the waterfall is icy but still mesmerizing! A few slippery water crossings but totally manageable. Highly recommended!

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Abby House
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Easy to follow trail & snowy parts are currently well packed. One creek crossing is a little sketchy, ice isn’t thick enough to walk on but thick enough it covers rocks/general visibility of the creek. The waterfall is mostly frozen and absolutely stunning, trail itself is very pretty but lots of horse droppings.

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Ada Rico
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Mostly easy trail. The incline at the beginning is the toughest part, as others have said. Waterfall was lovely, especially with the ice surrounding it in places.

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Shelby Walter
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George Bezerra
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Troy Straub
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Great trail - good mix of shade and sun. Like others have said, the first mile or so is a tough climb, but it's so worth it.

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David Southwick
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Alison Andrews
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Steeper elevation climb in the first mile, relatively gradual increase from there. Clear, well kept trail with great views along the way. Waterfall at the end is well worth the hype!

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Janeen Stubbs
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Beata Mckee
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HikingGreat!

We started at the southern TH and went to the waterfall, and took the main trail back down to complete the loop. This really provided amazing views on the way down. The waterfall was really nice, and the entire trail was was very pleasant. We started around 2:30pm on Saturday and saw very few people.

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Emily Moyer
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eric greenfeder
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