Fish Creek to Long Lake

HARD 80 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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

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

dogs on leash

hiking

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wildlife

muddy

rocky

scramble

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19 days ago

Great hike...... unfortunately, thunder clouds rolled in and at about 75% complete, we ended up turned back.

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24 days ago

So beautiful! steep and rocky and some parts, gentle and woodsy on others. Lots of people today! Took my daughter and me about 3 hours round-trip taking our time to enjoy the air and scenery. This would be magnificent in the Fall with all the Aspen trees.

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28 days ago

This is gorgeous. 10/10 as good as it gets. Incredible views and amazing wildflowers and scenery. Be warned it is steep and hot! Bring plenty of water ( more than you'll think you need). The second falls is gorgeous and the perfect way to cool down in icy mountain water. We turned around after the second falls but the hike was so worth it. You will have to rock scramble a bit

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1 month ago

Amazing trail! The part to the second waterfall is pretty steep but rewarding. If you still feel like hiking continue on to the lake! It gets pretty flat(still uphill but very easy) after you pass the waterfall. Georgeous meadows and the opportunity to make it a little run if you feel like. The lake is pretty!
Just do not forget to bring mosquito spray!!!!!!!! Otherwise you get eaten alive.
Took us something like 5-6hrs including two breaks

1 month ago

Did this on 7/7, trail head just on the other side of the bridge is marked well, path is easy to follow the first 2 miles to the upper falls. It is a grueling 2 miles, with about a 2,000 feet elevation gain. The forest, and aspen Grove are shaded and provided a nice cool area to hike as the temps were getting to 90 for the day while I hiked. At the upper falls there is still 3 miles, 1 way to go until Lost Lake so I turned around at this point. If you like hard hikes, with forests, waterfalls, and a good view of the surrounding area near the upper falls, this is a great hike for you.

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1 month ago

Beautiful views go early in the morning cooler temps. Steep climbs in some places with no shade.

1 month ago

great trail a bit technical and rockt from the second falls to the lake. We tracked is as just over 12 from upper parking lot to Lake and back The wildflowers and views from mile 3 to lake were incredible.

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1 month ago

Amazing views, but a definite climb. The distance to the lake from the falls is probably closer to 6.5 miles than it is to 5. All told, my group put in around 13.4 miles total. The ascent is challenging, but rewarding. Amazing views, beautiful landscapes, and it's something we'll never forget. The descent from Long Lake to Fish Creek Falls is much easier, as it's almost entirely downhill. We packed a light lunch and ate when we arrived at Long Lake, rested, and set out for our return. We left at 7:30 and returned to the falls around 2:30-3:00. We loved it!

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1 month ago