Elk Falls and Elk Falls Overlook Loop

MODERATE 4 reviews
#11 of 14 trails in

Elk Falls and Elk Falls Overlook Loop is a 12.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Shaffers Crossing, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
12.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2283 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

Moderate hike to the base of Elk Falls and then continuing to Elk Falls Overlook. Incredible sweeping views of Lion's Head along trail. Pass through meadows, aspen groves, and around Elk Falls Pond. Opportunity to see lots of wildlife. Be aware of bears, mountain lions, and coyotes. Do not feed the wildlife.

trail running
18 days ago

Very runnable--enough elevation gain to be challenging but fairly mellow and excellent trail conditions. The route is longer than the 12.8 miles noted in the description if you do the overlook and falls spurs, not just the loop to/from the pond; by my calculations closer to 16 miles (leaving from Mason Creek parking lot, adds a mile or so).

hiking
25 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago