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.
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.
The description on this hike is incorrect. The map and elevation profile are for the hike from the parking lot to upper Fish Creek Falls, NOT to Longs Lake. As other reviewers said, the hike to Longs Lake is much further. The sign at the parking lot says it is 5 miles each way (10 miles round trip) to Longs Lake.
Even so, this is a spectacular hike. We went on a chilly October day so there were only a few hikers. The aspen trees were dropping leaves and were a beautiful golden.
Fairly challenging hike. It is also a pretty popular trail, so if you are looking for seclusion you may want to hike a different trail.
Beautiful hike - short but enough elevation gain to feel like you got a good workout.
Came across a bear on the way down which really spooked my dog.
Absolutely loved it. Beautiful views with crazy amazing waterfalls.
Hike to the upper falls was great, but unfortunately we hiked at least 6 miles (total, compared to the 5 miles to the lake signage we saw in the beginning) and never even found the lake due to water being too high to cross the very fast-rushing creek (more like a river!) We think the lake was just across and over the hill, but who knows! Don't try this trail during peak snow-melt season... (we went on June 20th, 2016)
Hard inclines, lots of things to climb around and over, beautiful views