MacGregor Falls Trail

EASY 33 reviews
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MacGregor Falls Trail is a 6.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that features a waterfall. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking.

DISTANCE
6.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
948 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

hiking
1 month ago

Lovely, easy trail through open meadows as well as forested parts. There are still many wildflowers to be seen along the way. The trail is not well marked. It goes through a gated area of private land then follows the creek. The area close to the falls was damaged in 2013 during flooding. We enjoyed the area very much... beautiful rocks and boulders.

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2 months ago

This was our "plan C" hike on a rainy Saturday, and we were happy with our choice. The trail isn't very well signed, so bring a map and/or know where you're going! Start out by going left at the trailhead toward the Black Canyon Trail. Continue on this (don't take any of the climbing access trails) until you come to the turn off for the "Pear." Abut 1/4 mile beyond that sign (there's a gate), you'll see a well-traveled path to the left (opposite the gate). This eventually connects down to a larger dirt road, which leads directly to the falls. Note that if you're following along on the All Trails App, the route is slightly different at this point, though it will connect back up once you reach the dirt road. As others have mentioned, part of the trail is washed out close to the falls. You can either scramble through this part, or you could go up and over to avoid it entirely. There are two sets of falls once you reach the end of the trail; be sure to go to the very end!

hiking
2 months ago

5/31/18 - nice causal hike. Beautiful rock formations, wide open Mountain Views, babbling creek and a nice waterfall at the end. The trail starts out following the Black Canyon trail. Just past the Pear sign towards a gate (approximately 1/4 mile) you will see a faint trail to the left. This is where you will split off from the Black Canyon trail. You will follow this trail until you reach the water fall. One part of the trail - like 10 steps, is slightly washed out but easy to follow.

hiking
3 months ago

Easy, but not just a walk. Great views of surrounding mountains, wildlife, and the falls. Saw elk, mule deer, and wild turkey. The cross trail from Black Canyon Trail to MacGregor Trail is NOT marked. I ended up going past a little, followed map back to spot... there is a signpost at the intersection shown on the map referencing the clearly visible turn to ‘Pear’ climbing area and also possible, very faint evidence of a social trail where the trail is supposed to be. I crossed there... it felt more like crossing a field, but it quickly connected to MacGregor Trail (starts out as dirt road which leads to additional trail to the falls).

7 months ago

this one of my first backpacking hikes and I enjoyed it.

hiking
Sunday, July 16, 2017

Nice hike! A bit challenging towards the end, you have to scramble a bit where the trail has been washed out but it's not too bad.

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Monday, July 03, 2017

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

This was a pleasant hike....views out to Longs Peak and Meeker were great. It was fun to see all of the rock formations. Wildflowers were just starting to peak. The falls were running all along the creek- river flow had peaked. Trail toward the actual falls was tricky with the flood damage....overall worthwhile!

hiking
Monday, April 24, 2017

Nicely maintained trail. The best vistas are at the beginning of the trail. Did this at the end of April and the Black Canyon Creek was barely flowing. Kind of odd, possible early/late snow melt? I noticed on someone else's track that they made the same mistake I did. Where the Y split is on the track isn't quite clear where the trail splits off. It's a junction of a road and a trail. Naturally you assume that the trail is the way to go, but no, it's the road you want to follow. It changes back into a trail about a 1/4 mile up. For best water flow I imagine you have to do this later, like mid May maybe. This trail is in Rocky Mountain National Park

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