Fish Creek Falls Trail

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Fish Creek Falls Trail is a 4.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Steamboat Springs, Colorado that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,450 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

nature trips

paddle sports

rock climbing

trail running

bird watching

forest

partially paved

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

rocky

scramble

Fish Creek Falls is 283 foot water fall about 5 miles outside of Steamboat Springs, CO. Hiking during the summer and ice climbing in the winter.

snow
19 days ago

Still a significant amount of snow limiting your distance to the base of the falls, which were still snowed over. The overlook trail was slick but breathtaking of the surrounding snowy mountains

hiking
rocky
21 days ago

I hiked this trail back in October of 2018. It starts off paved and very easy with a short walk down to the bottom of the waterfall. You can then hike upwards and away from the water fall. It’s a very nice hike, certainly difficult and not for low level hikers. It will get your heart pumping and lungs going. This trail has a steep beginning with lots of rocks and pines then turns to gradual slope upwards with aspens and finally a rocky summit.
We stopped at the top of the mountain, turned off trail, and did a short climb up a rock face to the summit which was an absolutely incredible view! One of my favorite hikes I’ve done. We even got to see a moose on the way back down. 10/10 would do again.
If you go during winter you need serious snow equipment or you won’t make it past the waterfall (poles, spikes, possibly snow shoes, etc.)

Happy Hiking!

hiking
1 month ago

Loved the hike! Beautiful views! It was difficult going up, but easy to get down!

snowshoeing
2 months ago

Snowshoed 1/19/19. Snowshoes are definitely needed. Absolutely stunning with all of the fresh snow but the trail was pretty much impossible to follow. Regardless, it was nice to hike around the general area. Even without being able to follow the actual trail, I would still recommend.

3 months ago

Beautiful trail but signage was lacking towards the end of the trail so we never found the larger falls.

hiking
5 months ago

How fun to find this trail so close to town. Loved running to the upper fall and letting the crowd at the bottom thin out. Once back at the bottom I was able to bask in the beauty of the fall.

hiking
5 months ago

Good workout going up to the upper falls. The trail is a little rough and rocky at times, but the views are stunning and well worth the effort. It started snowing at the upper falls, so we didn't continue on to the lake. Maybe next time.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful hike. We first did the overlook of the first falls, which was just a stroll and would be perfect for a walk with children or those who want the views without the hike ;)
The second falls hike was a great workout and had a spot in the middle where we got some relief from the incline. It was technical and rocky at parts, and some parts had some snow/ice - spikes probably would have been helpful but we didn't use them.
Would have loved to continue on to Long Lake if we had started a little earlier in the day!

6 months ago

Hiked Sunday 10/14/18. Absolutely beautiful hike! It snowed the whole time! It does get windy and chilly at the top. Some of us did wear spikes and others didn’t, no one slipped! I would say it’s a moderate hike/nice workout if your an experienced hiker! Picture ops around every corner!

6 months ago

Really beautiful hike. It had snowed the night before and all the trees were heavy w powder, which was coming down in chunks as the sun came out. There is a rocky traverse near the upper falls, which other than some snow and ice falling off the sides, was fine and easy. No crampons needed. Gaiters are recommended but not necessary.

6 months ago

I'd rate the trail between moderate and hard, some parts pretty steep, others a little rocky, but definitely doable with a little experience. Both the upper and lower falls were nice, albeit pretty tame after seeing St. Francis falls in Glacier last month. Hiked about a mile above the 2nd falls: fantastic views and great color.

hiking
6 months ago

Great trail with mixed terrains. Both waterfalls are pretty low on water, and so are all the lakes by Steamboat. We went to the upper Falls, you can add miles to the hike by going to Longs Lake.
I would rate this upper moderate rather than “hard”.
Overall beautiful hike in fall colors!

$5 entrance fee per car.

6 months ago

Nice hike only went to lower falls , trail was paved all the way . Will try upper falls soon.

6 months ago

Wonderful Hike! The trail offers a variety of terrain. The path is well travelled, but the higher you hike the less people you see. There are many photo opportunities of Fall Colors, and some wildlife. If you are serious about heading to the second Falls and Lake wear hiking boots and bring plenty of water. Love, Love, Love This Hike!

7 months ago

This was a gorgeous hike! Just as many other people have said BRING WATER! Couldn’t believe how many people had little or no water and wore flip flops. Even if you only go to the first falls it’s best to be prepared. More of a moderate hike than hard. Good variety of terrain on trail.

7 months ago

We took the short and easy paved path and had a lovely time and beautiful views! Quite a few people on a Sunday afternoon, but still enjoyable.

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful, moderate to hard, you will not regret it!! My wife and I are 54, from the Midwest and fairly active. We’ve hiked Colorado, Washington, Arizona and California. We loved this hike to the upper falls! Great workout, not too technical, but plenty of opportunities to explore around the falls. Definitely in our list of Top 20 hikes. Hydrate before, during and after!!

7 months ago

Great hike close to town. There are few places near the top of trail that are very rocky and closer to the edge than my wife liked but really doable for most people.

hiking
7 months ago

Great views
Moderate exertion, not for everyone
Steady climb going in
Nice Aspens along the way
Well maintained
Some sections more challenging, rocky and narrow, not for everyone

7 months ago

Take water! Saw too many people on the trail without it.
A lot of people on trail. Not the trail for you if you like solo time.
Aggressive climb up all the way to second falls. Didn’t go to upper lake so not sure it continues the steep climb.
Beautiful scenery, aspen groves and flowers.

7 months ago

Beautiful Aspens
Rocky Trail
Soothing Creek Sound
Multiple Waterfalls
Taxing Hike
Satisfying!

hiking
8 months ago

Absolutely beautiful hike, slow & steady will get you to the top. I took lots of water & a
protein/carb snack which really helped (PB&J) Beautiful views throughout the hike,
Say hi to those that pass :)
I plan to hike this trail again.

hiking
8 months ago

Wonderful hike in the winter with frozen falls!

hiking
8 months ago

The best hike I’ve ever done!

8 months ago

We are from Minnesota and have never experienced anything like this hike before. The views are gorgeous and the water at the peak from the waterfall was breathtakingly worth it!!!

hiking
8 months ago

Loved this trail. We went early on a week day and it wasn’t too busy. Make sure you bring cash or check to pay to get in. Short walk to the first waterfall and we went for another mile or so with our two little ones. There were some beautiful views! We loved it.

hiking
8 months ago

Great trail, beautiful Aspen forest, dip in the pool below the upper falls, but not for those who aren’t cardio fit. It’s a stairclimber for the first 3/4 Mile and a good 1.5 hours to the upper falls at moderate pace with a fairly level section around halfway. Lots of scrabble, so wear a good hiker for trek down.

hiking
8 months ago

Soooo crowded-went around 10:30 on a Saturday so not surprising. Pretty hike with 2 waterfalls. The one at the top is big and really pretty!

hiking
8 months ago

Mix of sandy, rocky, hilly and flat. Trail is narrow at times with heavy brush surrounding. Made it to 2nd falls. Took just over an hour each way. Some sun and some shade. Bring plenty of water. Can be challenging in places. Worth it to get to overlook.

8 months ago

I’d give it 5 but the first bit is quite busy - we went on a Sunday and everyone plus their mother was there. The second waterfall is glorious, and was much quieter. A quick swim in freezing water is just the tonic, and there are some beautiful views on the way down. Really easy to reach from Steamboat Springs too.

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