Browns Creek Waterfall Trail

MODERATE 26 reviews

Browns Creek Waterfall Trail is a 6.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Nathrop, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers 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.

DISTANCE
6.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
984 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

backpacking

birding

camping

fly fishing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

A pleasant hike to a beautiful waterfall 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. The usage of the trail is moderate. You should expect to see 5-10 people on your hike. The trail gains approximately 850 ft in elevation, most of which is in the first 1.5 miles. Parts of the trail are sandy or have lose rock, so be prepared to get dusty, and you will likely waste some energy on the soft ground. 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)

hiking
1 day ago

little to no snow... great trail, go another 3 miles to browns creek lake to hike through some snow!

hiking
12 days ago

Great hike with amazing waterfall at the end. First 20 mins are the hardest switchbacks but then it levels out and you go around a ridge and past the Colorado trail crossroad. Lots of bear poop around the camping area. Dog friendly off leash.

hiking
18 days ago

Didn't take this exact trail, took Browns Lake trail to the falls then went south on the Colorado trail to Wagon Loop on the way back. Great hike, the waterfall is a nice spot to stop and have lunch. Still too much snow to get to the lake without snowshoes, looking forward to going back to make it to Browns Lake and seeing the aspens in the fall.

hiking
20 days ago

hiking
20 days ago

1 month ago

Awesome hiking trail! Beautiful waterfall! Total time from trailhead, lunch at the falls, and back was 3 1/2 hours. Difficulty Mild/Moderate on a well defined trail.

1 month ago

A great hike for family and dog with a picnic at the frozen falls 4 days ago. Some snow packed areas but trail was well defined. Trail to the lake was too snowpacked. I will try again next month to get to the lake.

horseback riding
1 month ago

I did this trail horseback with the curtacy of My. Princeton Stables. The scenery was amazing!! once we got to the waterfall it was a little iced over but still breath taking and relaxing -March-

hiking
1 month ago

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful hike, especially the ridge near the beginning of the hike, the meadow about halfway through, and the waterfall at the end. The trail on to Brown's lake was closed at this time.

snowshoeing
3 months ago

First time snowshoeing on 1/28/17. Awesome trail. No one had broke trail so it was harder than I expected but worth the challenge. The falls were frozen but the views were beautiful. I loved the GPS connected with Alltrails very accurate and helped me stay on course. I'll definitely be back in the summer.

5 months ago

6 months ago

One of the best hikes we've ever done. It's pretty challenging at first but totally with the extra effort. Coming back in September to see the leaves change next year

hiking
6 months ago

Awesome trail, highly recommend hiking to the waterfall!

6 months ago

Nice hike& lovely waterfall. Felt pretty steep in the beginning but leveled off. Easy walk down/back.

7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

We hiked this Oct. 16th and it was a great experience. The trails are clearly marked, and about the time you start to think "how much further' - the falls are probably another 40 minutes away. We were asked this question by a group on the way down and I told them that they would come across 2 mileage signs and cross three bridges before coming to the falls. It is definitely worth the hike to the falls. They're spectacular. San Isabel is one of my favorite areas to hike.

hiking
7 months ago

Fantastic trail! The beginning is really tough but it's totally worth it. The falls are beautiful as well as the views on the way. Not sure why someone wouldn't be able to find it, this was one of the most clearly marked trails I have been on. There are a ton of off leash dogs though that's the only complaint.