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

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 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)

trail running
16 days ago

A very enjoyable forested trail. Mt Antero looked great with a touch of snow. The trail was clear and conditions were good. The waterfall isn’t mind blowing but it’s a nice spot to stop for a photo and a snack.

hiking
20 days ago

Did this hike back in July, so this review might be a little off by now. Overall a Solid hike, with a well maintained trail. 3-4 hour hike depending on your pace and if you break for lunch at the waterfall.

hiking
21 days ago

Lovely hike for a partial day. The steepest part was the first section, then it was easy and beautiful. Very little snow and ice on this sunny October day. You can continue up to the lake for a hike that us twice as long.

22 days ago

Perfect 3 hour hike with the pup.

1 month ago

We started around 10 am today and it was perfect. The tree colors were amazing and the waterfall was incredible.

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing views! Moderate is a great description of this hike. First mile or so is the hardest, then it gets better. Coming down is breathtaking from the fall colors and views. Not a lot of traffic early morning. We started seeing more people around 10-12.

hiking
1 month ago

We enjoyed the hike very much. Beautiful scenery and spectacular falls.

hiking
2 months ago

My husband and children, 21 & 19 and I hiked this last month with our 11 year old Cairn terrier. The initial ascent was hot on the exposed trail but the waterfall was worth any effort.
Yes, there is horse poop but we didn't care... we have and love horses.
I would definitely hike this again.

2 months ago

Great hike, easy to follow trail with lots of beautiful scenery. The waterfall is amazing and a nice place to cool off before heading back down. I started at 8 a.m. and saw almost no one, but lots of groups going up on my way down. There is some horse poop along trail, but wasn't too bad in my opinion. I went on 9/12 and leaves are starting to turn for fall.

hiking
2 months ago

Great easy hike. Finished 3 hours. Beautiful waterfall

2 months ago

Beautiful waterfall. Easy hike. Not many great views on the actual hike.

2 months ago

Beautiful fall hike. In my top 10 - views, waterfall, awesome.

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome trail! First mile and a half are steep, but the rest is just meandering and peaceful. Watch out for the horse poop!

hiking
2 months ago

Loved this hike!

There is a good sized parking lot and a bathroom at the trailhead.

You’ll start the hike with the steepest incline, but there are great views of the mountains. After 1 mile it gets easier and after 1.5 Miles it flattens out. You’ll head through a forest of aspens and cross over the creek a few times. Once you cross an open clearing you’re very close to the turnoff for the falls. I thought the little sign was well placed and obvious.

The falls are beautiful and still looked great on 8/31! We got there early (started our hike at 9 a.m.) and had the entire trail and the falls to ourselves. On the way back down there were several groups headed in.

Very beautiful trail!

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked this trail over memorial day weekend with a bunch of friends. awesome hike. dogs with off an on leash and beautiful waterfall at the turnaround. pay attention to the little sign that points to the waterfall otherwise you'll be climbing a bit more than you want.

2 months ago

Great moderate scenic hike to a great spot to relax.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trek for a family with teens or older grade school. Moderate is an accurate rating. The waterfall at the end is a nice little prize. I suppose I should mention we saw a bear about 80 yards away from us approximately 2.5 miles up.

hiking
2 months ago

at 68 years old a real workout but worth it.
nice falls and scenery

2 months ago

Has anyone ever made it to the lake?

2 months ago

Beautiful trail with spectacular waterfall

camping
3 months ago

This hike was absolutely beautiful! The falls and the views were totally worth the above moderate climb.

hiking
3 months ago

One of my favorite hikes. It does have a bit of a steep start and it's exposed so the sun can feel really intense. After it levels out it's a great hike through rocks and trees, over a few small streams. You come to a small meadow with amazing views then the waterfall...so gorgeous!
We timed it right and had it too ourselves for about 20 minutes. The water was cold and refreshing.
We have horses and don't care that there's poop on the trail.
We also don't mind people because they're just out enjoying it too.

hiking
3 months ago

On the drive here make sure you pay attention to private property/no park access signs. Apple maps sent us driving through a private development that does not connect, and we had to retrace our steps and follow the signs on the road.

The hike itself was fairly dry and scrubby for the first mile or so, before getting more woodsy. The waterfall is beautiful! Make sure you don't miss the left turn to the falls, we accidentally continued on towards the lake for a few minutes before realizing we had passed the falls. The hike was fairly busy, we saw several groups of people, particularly around the falls.

3 months ago

Great first hike for the family in Colorado. Beautiful views along the way made way for a nice waterfall. We started at 8am and did not see another person until close to the waterfall. Way back was many people. Start on the early side. Kids age 9 - 15 did pretty good. Quite a few water breaks on the way up but they did It.

3 months ago

Well worth the time to see the beautiful falls. We were there on a Monday mid day and it was quite crowded. Tough hike up, easy hike back.

3 months ago

Beautiful hike! Lots of horse poop and plenty of people but still a perfect day.

3 months ago

Great hike to to a beautiful water fall! Totally worth it!

3 months ago

Outstanding trail. Great for a family hike. Loved the waterfall and spring fed streams.

hiking
3 months ago

There is a lot of horse poop, for sure. But the payoff is worth it!

3 months ago

Lots of horse poop!!! Otherwise a great hike with an awesome finish!

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