Browns Creek Waterfall Trail

MODERATE 102 reviews
#1 of 107 trails in

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)

hiking
4 days ago

We walked this on an afternoon in mid April just as the snow melt was accelerating. This is one of our favourite hikes we've done in a long time; the views throughout the trail are incredible, and the variation in plants and wildlife is amazing.

I'd call this a low-moderate trail. Yes, there is a steep and strenuous climb at the start, but it is not technical and has no scary drops. Beyond that it's just a beautiful walk in the woods that gets easier - and better - as it goes on. Even with endless bird watching and a 40 minute stop at the end, it took us under 4 hours total, so I'd encourage people who are fighting fit to look into the lake route (double this one) and make a full day of it. We were sad we couldn't go further.

Saw a Hairy Woodpecker, plenty of lovely little Mountain Chickadees, some Townsend Solitaires, the lovely Dark Eyed Junco and some very cute little critters running about the wood piles!

The waterfall is incredible - well worth getting to.

22 days ago

The trail was beautiful, it was challenging, but not overly difficult. Unfortunately, I think we went a little too early in the season. About 2miles in, it just got so muddy. We decided to turn back & try again in a few months.

hiking
26 days ago

Very easy path to follow. Hardly any snow until just the end of the trail getting to the falls— spiked aren’t necessary but were helpful on the way down. Used the “getting there” feature from this app and it was totally wrong. Found directions to the trailhead from a dif site. Gorgeous views of the surrounding ranges and great workout! Glad we found this gem.

1 month ago

Hiked in the middle of winter on a nice sunny day. Views followed by aspen groves and a few creek crossings made for a scenic hike with lots of packed snow closer to the falls. My 5 and 11 year enjoyed the hike but think about taking lunch or food in general if you have kids. It took my 5 year old about 4.5 hours.

4 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

5 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 !

5 months ago

Beautiful falls. Great hike in the snow yesterday.

5 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.

6 months ago

Great family hike in the fall!

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful hike!

6 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.

hiking
7 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.

hiking
7 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.

7 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.

7 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.

7 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!

hiking
7 months ago

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

8 months ago

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

hiking
8 months ago

8 months ago

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

hiking
8 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.

hiking
9 months ago

Worthwhile half day hike in the mountains!

hiking
9 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.

9 months ago

Great views and not a difficult hike.

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
9 months 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.

hiking
9 months ago

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

hiking
9 months 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
9 months ago

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

hiking
9 months 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

Load More