Fall Creek Pass Trail

HARD 12 reviews
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Fall Creek Pass Trail is a 16.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Minturn, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
16.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
5321 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

backpacking

birding

camping

fly fishing

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

cross country skiing

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

4 miles south of Minturn to Tigiwan Rd.,FR 707, turn right and drive 8 miles to Fall Creek trailhead.

2 hours ago

backpacking
1 month ago

This is nice little gem right outside the town of Minturn that gave us a few fun surprises. You'll take a slightly rough dirt road to the trailhead called Notch Mountain Road. It will feel like you're going too far, but keep going to the end, once you pass the Community House you're almost there. There was a lot of cars by the trailhead, but the actual trail we took never felt crowded. I think it's because there are 3 main trailheads here; Moon Pass, Notch Mountain Trail, and Fall Creek Pass. Starting out at around 1pm, we followed the Fall Creek Pass Trail and arrived at Lake Constantine around 3pm. There we saw a handful of anglers and about a dozen tents already set up. We decided to keep going and continued down Fall Creek Pass trail, however we could not find the point where the trail crossed Fall Creek at all. There were no signs or cairns anywhere that we could see, nor a spot that looked safe to cross, however we did see what looked like a trail across the creek in some spots. Instead we just took the trail that followed Fall Creek with it to our left the whole time. We ran into some anglers coming down and they said that the Tuhare Lakes were up there if we kept going, so we did and that turned out to be a great choice!

To get to Tuhare Lakes, follow just Fall Creek Trail and never cross Fall Creek. Once the trail seems like it stops at a rock cliff, that's right before it gets really good. You're going to have to scramble up to the left and the trail will start again after that. Keep going until you see a waterfall then follow the trail up to the right of the waterfall. There was about 100ft of hard pack we had to traverse near the top, which was the only snow on the trail so far (July 15th). All the scrambling and slipping was worth it, because Tuhare Lake is absolutely spectacular. We didn't go to the upper lake because there was a lot of snow on the trail from there, though we did see some footprints, so it's doable. The next morning we awoke to discover that some creature (most likely a marmot) had chewed up our shoes that we left outside our tent, not our hiking shoes, but our our camp shoes (flip flops/sandals). They didn't destroy them, just chewed around the edges. Pretty weird, never seen that before.

Anyway, sorry for the long review... I highly recommend this place, and I will probably come back to try the other trails.

backpacking
1 month ago

Great hike with lots of campsites. The trail is still snowed in past Lake Constantine. Would like to go back to complete the hike later.

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

backpacking
11 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

H7/3/2016: Hiked to Lake Constantine; beautiful and not too hard. Marshy near the lake.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Absolutely stunning - well maintained trails - comfortable camp sites - great access to beautiful lake. Colorado at its best!!

camping
Monday, August 24, 2015

Here are some HD videos of our base camp at Lake Constantine to give you an idea of how amazing this place is:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WY6Z66lgPLk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZAgtgHQA7g

The Tuhare Lakes about a mile away were amazing. Quite the hike, but totally worth it.

camping
Thursday, March 20, 2014

When I went to Tuhare Lakes I backpacked to Lake Constantine and then did a day hike to Fallcreek Pass and Tuhare Lakes. Great scenery and good fishing.

hiking
Tuesday, April 16, 2013

very beautiful trail

hiking
Sunday, December 19, 2010