Browns Creek Waterfall Trail

MODERATE 60 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
2 days ago

Worthwhile half day hike in the mountains!

hiking
2 days ago

My husband surprised me with doing this hike for Mother's Day, and it was great! Where there was snow in plenty of other places around Colorado, there wasn't any snow on the trail then. This was our 6-year old's toughest hike to date, and he did wonderful. We got a later start than we would have liked, but that was okay, since there weren't any thunderstorms brewing. In addition to seeing a lot of people, we saw some horses on the trail that stopped before the falls. The waterfall area was gorgeous, and the perfect spot for snacks and playtime for our boys. I would love to go back and go farther (to Brown's Lake) the next time.

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3 days ago

3 days ago

Great views and not a difficult hike.

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7 days ago

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12 days ago

Loved the hike. Plan on spending some time playing around at the falls... we stayed about 40minutes for pictures, break and climbing a little further up the falls. Took 55 minutes coming down but going up was slow.

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13 days ago

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13 days ago

Greatest. Love the hike. Perfect length for an after or before lunch venture. Great reward at the end.

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14 days ago

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24 days ago

Completed this hike on Saturday 6/24. A little steep at the beginning but then becomes a more gentle incline with some flat areas as well. Very dusty and there's quite a bit of horse manure on the trail.
Beautiful views of mountain peaks along the way, numerous fun water crossings and a thundering waterfall at the end! My friend from Oklahoma came along and she was able to complete with some rest breaks. Moderate, rewarding hike.

hiking
25 days ago

Easy hike and beautiful falls which were raging at the end of June. Too much water to cross to the other side.

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28 days ago

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29 days ago

We hiked up to the falls but started at the trail head just south of here, as opposed to the main one which is just to the north. No one even parked at this trail head the day we were there. I will say right off, the mileage on the sign to the jct of the CDT is not accurate. It's probably about a half mile more than it calls out at least, per my garmin. When I added up the miles per the All trails info, it came to about 5.2 or so to the falls and back on this trail. NOT. We wound up logging just over 7, and I thought this route was shorter than the other. Regardless, nice hike, and yes, the part beyond where you meet the CDT, is really mellow and easy. The falls were roaring the day we got there and it's quite a popular trail. All creek crossings had either logs or a decent bridge to go over too. Nice day hike for sure

hiking
1 month ago

Easy hike that treats you with an incredible view of the falls. The trail is never strenuous and is a great trip if you don't have all day!