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Fish Creek Falls Trail is a 4.7 mile heavily 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.

Length 4.7 mi Elevation gain 1,450 ft Route type Out & Back

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Fish Creek Falls is a 283 foot waterfall located about 5 miles outside of Steamboat Springs. The route is used by hikers during the summer and is a beautiful trail to snowshoe in the winter. Along the way you'll pass by two beautiful waterfalls, Lower and Upper Fish Creek Falls. The lower falls are generally more impressive. You can enjoy a great view from a stroller/wheelchair-friendly path to the overlook. The trail gets rocky and technical after the first waterfall, but there's plenty of shade and opportunities to rest. Note: $5 Parking Fee

$5 Day use fees. There are two parking lots. The lower parking lot is 1/4 mile from the main upper parking lot. There are two bathrooms, one located in the upper parking lot, one located in the picnic area. There are picnic tables in the picnic area and two more picnic tables in the upper overlook. There are shaded gazebo's in the main parking lot and in the upper overlook.

Sits about 5 miles east of Steamboat. Find 3rd Street in the downtown area and the intersection of US 40 (Lincoln). Turn north, go on block then turn right onto Fish Creek Falls Road. Proceed 3 miles up Fish Creek Falls Road to the Fish Creek Falls Recreation Area. Entering the recreation area there will be a small booth, if it is manned you can pay the day use fee there. You may park at the lower parking lot and walk 1/4 mile to the upper parking lot and the trail head, or drive up to the upper parking lot.

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Tom Wehr
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Amber B
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BRING. BUG. SPRAY. so many mosquitos especially if you’re from CO & not used to them. This trail is NOT for beginners. We had tons of people asking on our way down how much further to the top. Steady incline with very little flat areas. The lower waterfall is more impressive but the views from the top are awesome. Wildflowers are in full bloom up there & there’s a pool spot if you want to get in at the top. Deserves its “hard” label but a beautiful trail.

Ashleigh Buchanan
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Parking is $5 and you either need exact change or there is a website you can pay through. Bring bug spray! So many mosquitos. Great hike, a good challenge for beginners. Very steep at points and some scramble to keep things interesting.

Kim Venuta
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Always a great hike! Tougher than you expect. Some switch backs and steady claims at points. Beautiful at the falls! Fun to take your shoes off and cool your feet in the water. Great views as you get to the top. Bring water & snacks. Not for beginner hikers.

Cesar Guillermo
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Great hike today, my best time from parking lot to upper falls and back including a 20 minute stop at top. I would classify this hike as moderate difficult for intermediate hikers. But I saw some visitors really struggling just before the upper bridge. The last half mile is quite steep, involves minor rock scrambles, and there is one curve around a rock face that may cause anxiety for people with fear of heights. The top of this hike is almost 9,000 feet above sea level. If you’re from Florida, Texas or some other flat sea level state, you may want to rethink this hike until your body has adjusted to sea level. The top of the falls is beautiful, surrounded by wildflowers and very few people compared to lower fall. Great place for a picnic. PS please pack out your trash. Sadly I saw several discarded masks, dog poop bags and even a dirty diaper discarded in a tree.

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Cass Gunderson
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HikingBugs

Heavily wooded. Tough towards the end. Great payoff - beautiful waterfall!

Hailey Gresslin
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This is a great trail for those who like a challenge. I saw children probably around 9+ hiking this trail, but it is not for the faint of heart. The top of the falls are so worth it though. The salty river water blows mist at you as you cool off in the pools of the falls or eat your lunch on the rocky terrain. I accidentally got lost at the beginning so be mindful of path markers. And make sure you’re wearing proper footwear! Chaco’s probably will not cut it.

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Jill Garrett
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Beautiful waterfall views make this worth the effort! There are mosquitoes near the falls (obviously) so plan accordingly with gear.

Zoe Welch
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Hiking

Nice trail. Lots of beautiful nature. Challenging with lots of rocks. Wear appropriate shoes!

Margaux Potter
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Hiking

Easy paved hike in steamboat. Barely a hike, more of a stroll.

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David Krueger
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Andrea H.
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As a novice hiker, this was a BITCH and was definitely the hardest hike I've ever done. However, the reward was worth the effort. I wish I had hung out at the top longer, but I was worried about the trek down. I shouldn't have been, because it was fast and incredibly easy compared to the hike up. This has sections of rock scramble, and the last .7 mile or so were quite tough with steep incline and dicy footing. That said, I almost turned back half way through but decided to fight through it, and I'm so happy I did! I do agree that the lower falls are prettier and more majestic, but the Upper Falls were definitely gorgeous as well, especially when you consider there are yellow wildflowers everywhere at the top!

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Tracy Heath
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Hiking

Beautiful hike to the upper falls. On the trail by 8am and did not pass many on the way up. On the way down, saw many more people. Mosquitoes were abundant at the upper falls.

Kathie Forney
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Beautiful hike through pines and then in an aspen forest near the top. Shady until the very top which is a hard scrabble climb up and around the mountain to the upper falls. Worth it! A bit crowded in the morning. Lots of families and dogs. Took 2-1/2 hours to the top (with lots of stops for photos and to catch my breath) and 1 hour down.

Andrew Padula
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Kellie S
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Great waterfalls and an awesome summer hike

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Cesar Guillermo
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curtis Erickson
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the Trail was very nice and the waterfall was nicer. How ever the incline steadily increased and is unforgiving for those ill prepared or out of shape. if you are scared of getting the covid I don't recommend going. there are a BUNCH of people that don't wear mask. if not, enjoy!

Frances Anderson
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Lovely hike, we started early on Saturday. It took us 4 hrs and the distance clocked on my watch was 6.7 miles total. We were confused with the trail maps and went to the initial falls first. We then went back up and did the overlook trail, thinking that would lead to the upper falls, it didn’t. We went back down and found the trail. It is a very busy trail with a steady unrelenting slope . I was Disappointed that barely anyone was wearing any kind of face covering. The trail is narrow and it is difficult to avoid people. This was the weekend before July 4th . There were many out of State cars in the lot. We Made it to the upper falls. It was definitely a stretch for us. Many kind people on the trail encouraging you to keep on going. Lots of Shade on the trail. Take a packed lunch to eat and enjoy the view at the top. Worth it glad we tackled it.

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