Browns Creek Waterfall Trail

MODERATE 42 reviews

Browns Creek Waterfall Trail is a 6.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Nathrop, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers 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

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)

hiking
1 hour ago

hiking
1 day 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

hiking
2 days ago

Easy hike that treats you with an incredible view of the falls. The trail is never strenuous and is a great trip if you don't have all day!

hiking
2 days ago

Perfect choice for a short, moderate day hike. It was just as everyone described...1st 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; there was a group of resting hikers standing rights in front of it and we missed it on the first pass (but used the GPS on this app to reroute us...great feature!)! On a non-holiday, Wednesday afternoon, the trail was relatively well-traveled with many family groups, singles, and couples.

The only issue we had was actually getting to the trail! At first, we used the GPS link on this site, and it took us off route. I"m very sure this could've been user error :0, and found the trail when I used the written directions that some kind person linked on the topo map on Alltrails.

Enjoy!

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4 days ago

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hiking
9 days ago

Not too crowded. Dodged horse droppings the majority of the trail.

hiking
10 days ago

Gorgeous views of the valley, mountains and waterfall at the end. There was a lot of horse droppings, which was a bummer to have to continually look down to dodge stepping in it. Nice pretty easy hike.

backpacking
12 days ago

We hiked the 3 unimpressive miles up to the falls. I'd say the hike was less than moderate (just above easy). But the falls are super impressive and totally worth the hike. We crossed the creek just below the falls and found a great spot for camping. We stayed a couple of nights because it was so perfect. From our campsite, we hiked another 3 miles to Browns lake to do some fishing. This stretch of trail was much more scenic but also much more difficult. The Lake was gorgeous though and we hung out for several hours and caught some trout.

hiking
19 days ago

Fun little trail! Great scenery with most of the elevation change near the beginning. Three miles from the parking lot to the falls (very impressive and relaxing btw). A couple stream crossings and shade towards the falls to hang out. Lots of dogs and people but wide enough to accommodate.

hiking
21 days ago

Great hike, you get most of the elevation gain out of the way at the beginning. Great views of mountains, meadows, rivers, and the falls were amazing. No snow on the trail currently and the creek crossings were manageable with a dog.

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hiking
1 month ago

little to no snow... great trail, go another 3 miles to browns creek lake to hike through some snow!

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike with amazing waterfall at the end. First 20 mins are the hardest switchbacks but then it levels out and you go around a ridge and past the Colorado trail crossroad. Lots of bear poop around the camping area. Dog friendly off leash.

hiking
1 month ago

Didn't take this exact trail, took Browns Lake trail to the falls then went south on the Colorado trail to Wagon Loop on the way back. Great hike, the waterfall is a nice spot to stop and have lunch. Still too much snow to get to the lake without snowshoes, looking forward to going back to make it to Browns Lake and seeing the aspens in the fall.

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1 month ago