Browns Creek Waterfall Trail

MODERATE 91 reviews
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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.

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

dog friendly

kid friendly

backpacking

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

waterfall

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. 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)

3 months ago

We had a great time today hiking this trail. It seemed like the 1st 1.5 miles was the most difficult, as it was a steady incline. The rest was easy breezy. The waterfall was beautiful

3 months ago

Nice hike. Beautiful views. Trail well groomed. A lot of horse poop. Gradual incline on the way up but not too difficult . Falls are worth the hike! Trail head has restrooms . Several foot bridges to cross great variety !

3 months ago

Beautiful falls. Great hike in the snow yesterday.

3 months ago

Not a challenging hike but very lovely. Gorgeous scenery and the waterfall at the end is a must reward. One of the best waterfall trails you’ll find. Great day and great trail.

4 months ago

Great family hike in the fall!

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4 months ago

Beautiful hike!

4 months ago

pretty easy hike. after the first bit of incline, it's practically a walk through gorgeous scenery. especially since the aspens are changing. beautiful views. My only complaint is all the horse poo.

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5 months ago

Lovely falls at the end, did'nt mind the early elevation gain, not busy early afternoon during the week, but over half the trail not shaded, and sun was intense, mostly the walk away from the stream, occasionally see and hear it at the start , then further on. No views till about half way in when Mt Antero before you for a bit, then into cool pleasant forest walking, and a left for the falls. Vistas of the valley on the steep descent back to the parking lot. Saw pineys , a 2ft long prob garter snake , and 2 pairs of black Angus about 3/4 way in along the trail.

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5 months ago

1 star due to congestion on the trail. Granted, I went on a Sunday, but will never go on this one again. Passed about 20 people. If you're from the front range, you probably won't mind because you feel like you're hiking on the front range. Horse poop along the trail. It is on the easier side though, so if you have kids, this may be a good one for you.

5 months ago

Easy hike with a nice waterfall at the end. Lots of sun exposure for most of the way. And the trail is peppered with horses and their leftovers.

5 months ago

A great hike, the first 1.5 miles is mostly uphill, you will cross over the Colorado a trail and then after that the trail levels out somewhat. The only drawback I guess one could say is all the horse shit on the trail. Once you get to the falls though, it is beautiful.

5 months ago

Great waterfall! Definitely becoming more popular, so go early! Hike up is steep, way back make sure you're ready to brake down the hills!

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6 months ago

A very nice hike. Well worth the time. Great valley views and views of MT.Antero. The falls are a nice finale.

6 months ago

Great hike. Moderate. First mile easy after that. Great waterfall

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6 months ago

6 months ago

Amazing and so worth every minute! Don't give up and turn around, the views and waterfall is simply stunning.

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7 months ago

Good hike. The waterfall is awesome. More hiking once you get there. I didn't have the stamina today. You hike part of Colorado Trail.

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7 months ago

Worthwhile half day hike in the mountains!

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7 months 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.

7 months ago

Great views and not a difficult hike.

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