Fish Creek Falls Trail

HARD 259 reviews

Fish Creek Falls Trail is a 4.6 mile moderately trafficked loop 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
4.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1437 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

paddle sports

rock climbing

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

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.

9 days ago

niiiice!

2 months ago

Great trail. A lot of snow this time of year but well packed.

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3 months ago

Just finished trail to upper falls. Last bit was steep but trail was well snow packed and hiking shoes is all that’s needed. Its moderate to the lower falls; I would rate this as Hard/Difficult getting to the Upper Falls.

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3 months ago

Hiked the lovely snow covered, relatively packed trail in hiking boots past the big falls where there were two ice climbers, through the pines, then aspens, over the rivers wooden bridge and eventually to the smaller falls. Was a nice reward. the views of the valley were awesome. At 10 am we were the only car in the upper lot. lot was full when we returned. moderate rating suits this short trail.

5 months ago

It was a beautiful hike., we went to the upper falls. Great views along the trail.

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5 months ago

Easy paved stroll down to the waterfall. About a half hour taking it all in, just gorgeous. Bathroom was quite stinky, but welcome after listening to water. I feel we got lucky at scoring a parking spot at the top! Great time!

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6 months ago

Good views. Beautiful up towards Long Lake

6 months ago

I really enjoyed this hike. It was not overly technical and was easy on my sore legs. There were plenty of dogs on the relatively crowded trail. Quite a few places for photo opportunities along the way. I chose to take a dip in the very frigid falls, but was extremely refreshing over a hot LDW.

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6 months ago

Pretty trail. We hiked in the rain, but it was still very peaceful and beautiful walking through the changing aspen leaves. The waterfall at the end was satisfying goal.

6 months ago

Hiked this with my small dogs. Beautiful scenery and a nice climb. Really enjoyed it.

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6 months ago

Lovely hike. The first bit is easy, downhill to the falls. From there it is uphill. I did this in the Fall- wonderful colors.

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7 months ago

My wife and I started this hike at 9:53am on 9/19/17 and we loved it. We are from out of town, and this is our first time in Steamboat. Only a few miles from the condo we are renting. Ranger at the entrance was very helpful. $5 entrance fee and he gave us a map with some recommendations. Small parking lot but quite a few places to park along the road as well.

Hike starts downhill where you see the first falls. Very well constructed bridge to cross and a great spot for photos. Trail continues at a steady incline through well shaded forest and aspen groves for the remainder of the hike. Wish we were here a week later for more leave color change. When you come across the second bridge you'll soon exit the forest for a rocky ledge. Plenty of space to pass others and no fear of falling. It was super windy when we were hiking but we managed to not get blown off. Second falls is pretty cool and you can get right up to it. I'd image it being a nice spot to take a swim on a hot summer day.

I'd say get there early as this is a popular hike. A very nice hike to start our day.

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7 months ago

Parking at the trailhead was challenging. It was very crowded and almost had us leaving before we started. It was Sunday midday so... and they do have a picnic area...The trail to the lower falls was very short and most people stayed in that pretty area. We hiked to the upper falls. The trail was narrow and a bit rocky, and you went steadily up. Signage was poor. The trail was marked Long Lake 5 miles, only talking with people did we know it led to the upper falls. It seemed to end there or I didn't see any markings leading to Long Lake. Nice hike though

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7 months ago

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7 months ago

Great hike. But very little color change to the Aspens. Wait another week or so for the colors. In the 40s so dress warm. Both upper and lower falls were awesome.

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7 months ago

Great hike. But very little color change to the Aspens. Wait another week or so for the colors. In the 40s so dress warm. Both upper and lower falls were awesome.

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7 months ago

The falls are well worth the uphill hike! Ample shade for warm days.

7 months ago

Loved it. Falls were flowing! Visited June 4, 2017.

7 months ago

Beautiful hike all the way through, shaded for the majority, exposed with a little scramble towards the top and then a great reward. The waterfall is lovely!

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7 months ago

This was an amazing hike. The waterfall @ the top is worth the hike. Pack a lunch and enjoy the breathtaking views!!

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7 months ago

Perfect moderate hike with great views!

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7 months ago

We are not from this elevation, but we'd been in Denver already the previous 2 days. This did not stop us sea-level dwellers from having to make multiple stops to catch our breath! Moderate is an adequate rating for this. It's pretty much uphill all the way to the 2.2 miles up to the bridge and creek. The chipmunks there are gangsters and somewhat aggressive. If you have food, they'll expect some and will go right in your open pack. You'd think 2.2 miles going downhill to get back would be easy, but it's not. There are some treacherous places along the way.For the most part, the trail is groomed. If you have poles or sticks, bring them. It was a gorgeous dry day when we went. 2 camelback packs, 2 giant bottles of water, 2 gatorades and some trail mix got 4 of us up and back (2 went on up to the Lake). KEEP SOME ENERGY IN RESERVE - You still have to go 1/4 mile uphill back to the parking lot. We passed people of all ages, shapes and fitness levels. BEWARE OF MOUNTAIN BIKERS. Everyone we met on the trail was very nice and polite, including the mountain bikers.

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8 months ago

totally freaking awesome... dont wuss out 1/2 way bc you get to dip your head into cold water at the top of the upper falls. bring water/snack

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8 months ago

Very easy walk. The moderate rating comes from the trail heading to the bottom is down and to get back to the car it is up. Beautiful falls. Did not go to the lake which is another 5 mile hike with an elevation difference of 2400 ft.

8 months ago

This trail gets a little too busy for my personal taste, but the falls are beautiful.

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8 months ago

Beautiful hike. It is a solid moderate hike with incline most of the way in as one would expect climbing to the top of the falls. It took us 2 hours in and a little more than an hour down. Trail is nicely maintained although boulders near top are more challenging. Wonderful variety of pine, aspen, and lush green foliage. Bring water. We picnicked after the hike near the lower falls.

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8 months ago

Great hike to the upper falls. Get there early, it was very busy on the way down.

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8 months ago

Beautiful but more of a overlook then a trail. Good for kids and seniors.

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8 months ago

Hiked to upper fall, great views, well maintained trail, rocky and steep but very doable

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8 months ago

Beautiful views! Be sure and hike to the top of the waterfall.

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