Fish Creek to Long Lake

HARD 52 reviews
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Fish Creek to Long Lake is a 11.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Steamboat Springs, Colorado that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from May until September.

DISTANCE
11.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2690 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wildlife

muddy

rocky

scramble

  • Almost Gave up on lake!
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hiking
2 days ago

Beautiful trail, yes it is a difficult and from the parking lot to long lake and back is a via my garmin was 15.2 miles.... makes for a long day. but well worth the effort, the upper falls was just amazing. we stopped short with .08 left to the lake, due to a running creek on the trail, "just didn't want to get feet wet.

hiking
3 days ago

Fording the creek just below the Lake is a little risky this time of year. I turned around without crossing. Patches of deep snow higher up and muddy in many parts.

hiking
4 days ago

hiking
6 days ago

Beautiful conditions from the Lower to Upper Falls. Things get a bit wet, nothing major, above the Upper Falls and about a mile further there is still some snow on the trail. It is passable. Great hike up, run down scenario. Go early it gets crowded.

hiking
6 days ago

hiking
11 days ago

Hiked up the the second waterfall...great hike to break in these legs! both waterfalls are really full. Lots of water flowing through!

11 days ago

hiking
18 days ago

Gorgeous trail with a variety of landscapes; from wooded aspen groves to rocky creek trails this a great trail to see a variety of landscapes and some beautiful alpine views. As of right now around 9200 ft there's still a decent amount of snow on the trail, I recommend using poles and/or spikes if you want to make it to the lake, otherwise the upper creek waterfall is a good turnaround spot.

hiking
22 days ago

Very challenging but undoubtedly beautiful views. If you're up to a hard but rewarding workout go for it!

23 days ago

Beautiful and challenging hike- steep incline at the start but evens out. Trail was really muddy. Once you get past the falls, you can only go about 0.5-1 miles further because there's too much snow and you can't tell where the trail is to get up to the lake.

hiking
29 days ago

Great hike! Got narrow at times, but we brought a dog and it was great. There are a few hidden side trails that bring you to awesome, panoramic views. Some parts have a steep incline, so wear hiking boots. The sign at the waterfall says "Long Lakes 5 mi", which was deceiving. We hiked to the bridge about 2.5 miles in and back. Great, beautiful hike!

hiking
1 month ago

The trail is totally covered in snow past the bridge up by the upper falls. The trail hasn't been traversed recently. After trudging through slushy snow we stopped on a high spot and enjoyed the view. The snow was slushy and prone to collapsing. Watch for bears. We had fresh bear tracks in the snow.

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snowshoeing
3 months ago

Really enjoyed snowshoeing up to the upper falls. Trail was packed enough snowshoes weren't initially necessary, although I'd recommend microspikes as it was packed enough it was pretty slick. That being said, snowshoes were eventually needed. Was trying to follow the trail out to Long Lake, but was unsuccessful. Either the trail petered out because of snow and not being used or I bungled things up myself. Regardless, absolutely beautiful views and lovely solitude once away from the lower falls.

snowshoeing
4 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

hiking
8 months ago