Browns Creek Waterfall Trail

MODERATE 77 reviews

Browns Creek Waterfall Trail is a 6.2 mile moderately 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
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

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. 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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6 days 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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7 days 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.

8 days 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.

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12 days ago

15 days 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.

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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1 month ago

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

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1 month ago

1 month ago

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

1 month ago

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1 month 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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2 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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2 months ago

Worthwhile half day hike in the mountains!

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2 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.

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2 months ago