Browns Creek Waterfall Trail

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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

camping

fishing

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

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)

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snow
1 month ago

In late January this is definitely a trail for snowshoes. Also, from Dec 1 to Apr 15 the road to the trailhead is closed to vehicles. This adds about 3 miles to the hike, making the roundtrip distance to the falls about 9 miles.

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snow
2 months ago

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icy
3 months ago

Snowy at the top, gravel at the bottom

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muddy
snow
3 months ago

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snow
4 months ago

10/20- Started about 9:30am and only one other person on the trail going up. On the way down the trail started to fill up with hikers. Lots of horse poo. Snow dusting in shaded areas then at mile 2 a bit more snow. Good trail with a nice mix of shaded wooded area and open space for beautiful views. Only complaint is if people are going to have their dogs off leash, make sure the dogs are trained on commands; makes it a lot more enjoyable for other hikers and other dogs if everyone’s a good listener.

Great trail run, only clocked 5.8 miles for me though. Did it in about an hour and fifteen minutes with almost all the elevation gain at the start.

really enjoyed our fall hike! gets your heart rate up at first and then levels out in some places. good views and neat bridges. clear wide paths in spots.

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4 months ago

It was a lovely hike, exactly as advertised. stream crossings were mostly we'll developed with sturdy bridges.

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5 months ago

Well maintained, scenic trail. Good for dogs, not too difficult. Great waterfall with option to extend to nice alpine lake. Only negative is a lot of horse poo. We normally don’t see horses on weekdays, though.

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5 months ago

Good for dogs. Falls still ripping in September

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rocky
5 months ago

Fantastic views,great for dogs,horses. Still lots of water at the falls considering we have not had any rain in awhile . Trail is easy to follow.The Aspens are slowing turning I will give it a few more weeks Only 941 feet of elevation gain so not to bad on your lungs.. I plan on checking out this trail again in the winter and possibly in the Summer. I’m guessing there’s lots of wildflowers to been see along the trail

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5 months ago

fun easy going trail with good views. good to spend the afternoon there, and jump in the water.

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rocky
5 months ago

This is a really wonderful gem except for all the horse poop on the trail. The first water source for your dog is about 1.7 miles in. I wish I would have carried more water for that first section. There were a lot of bees out especially at the trailhead and sitting by the falls.

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5 months ago

Great hike, beautiful views. Lots of horse manure though.

Beautiful mountain trail. Lots of variation, rocky, smooth, wooded, steep, flat. The first mile was harder, but flatter at the top. Beautiful beautiful waterfall at the top. Tough but these old girls made it 6 miles!

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6 months ago

Very accurate trail description. Trail is very easy/flat after the initial mile or so. Lots of dispersed camping near the trailhead - we set up our tent late afternoon and were able to fit in this hike before dinner time.

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6 months ago

A nice easy trail, relaxing after the first mile or so, where most of the modest elevation is gained via doable switchbacks. Nice views on the climb up, and a pretty falls at the end. However, note that if you see a big horse trailer in the parking area, there may be 6-8 horses’ worth of extra “obstacles” on the trail, and you might find the horses corralled a bit less than 1/4 mile from the falls while all the riders have their lunch there.....

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rocky
6 months ago

first mile was a little challenging. after - a couple of creek crossings but very easy. waterfall at the end was gorgeous and a must see! if you decide to continue on past the waterfall the terrain gets very steep and challenging. but overall beautiful trail!

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bugs
6 months ago

Lovely hike. It isn’t hard, but this is higher altitude than I’m used to in Denver so I felt it more at times. The falls is super cool. I would suggest bug spray if it’s a rainy day.

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6 months ago

Such an awesome hike, can’t wait to do it again with more friends! Agree with everyone, there’s a decent incline at the start for about a mile and then it’s just lovely, with cool bridges and several stream crossings. Leave time at the waterfall to really explore be area and enjoy!

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6 months ago

Great hike with lots of beautiful scenery. Very dog friendly and plenty of shaded areas. Starting out the hike is probably the most challenging part; going uphill pretty steadily for the first mile or so. The waterfall was perfect, cool and serene. a moderate amount of loose rock.

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7 months ago

The wildflowers are spectacular! Early in the day is best.

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7 months ago

Loved this hike - highly recommend!!!

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7 months ago

A bit of an incline for the first half or so, but we'll worth the effort! spectacular waterfall with a delicious cooling mist that sprayed us as we rested up and had some lunch.

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7 months ago

Loved this hike..

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7 months ago

We hiked this trail at the end of july and only went about 2 miles due to rain/hail. This is an excellent trail, but hikers should be aware of the afternoon showers.

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rocky
7 months ago

Started going to Browns Falls and continued to Browns Lake. An additional 3 miles. It was really beautiful with lots of falls. Very rocky and no signage past Browns Falls

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7 months ago

Great trail to a beautiful waterfall. There is one stream crossing where you have to walk across logs. Otherwise trail is very easy to get to and navigate. Highly recommend if you’re in the area. Be sure to bring bug spray.

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