Mesa-Cortina Trail to South Willow Creek Falls

MODERATE 116 reviews
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Mesa-Cortina Trail to South Willow Creek Falls is a 8.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Silverthorne, Colorado that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
8.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1446 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

cross country skiing

horseback riding

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

blowdown

This trail enters the Eagles Nest Wilderness where it winds through aspen groves and crosses open meadows where you have great views of the Williams Fork Range, Dillon Reservoir and the entire Blue River Valley. The meadows offer great opportunities for viewing wildflowers during mid-July. Eventually the trail climbs up a gorge between Buffalo Mountain and Red Peak. South Willow Falls is a cascade that tumbles over the rocks of South Willow Creek.

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14 days ago

started at Willowbrook Trailhead. Cuts 1.4 miles each way. Falls are great.

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18 days ago

Getting to the waterfall was awesome. Some parts were rocky and did a short scramble to the falls. Good moderate rated hike.

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26 days ago

Long hike but the elevation gain is very gradual. Parts of the trail are rocky. Parts go through wild flower meadows.The waterfalls and the views are spectacular!

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29 days ago

Started off at the Meadow Lakes trailhead and ended up at Mesa Cortina. Someone had written an arrow on the directional sign towards the falls so we took this relatively easy trek to a lovely waterfall where we shared our snack with chipmunks and relaxed with beautiful views.

30 days ago

Excellent trail, breathtaking views and scenery!!

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30 days ago

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30 days ago

The rating of moderate is a bit of a mis-direction as the trail is easy in places, moderate a lot of the time, but that last mile to the falls is strenuous, with rock scrambling and a steep climb. Beautiful views though and worth it. My app showed the distance as 10 miles though, but I did wander a bit here and there taking pictures.

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1 month ago

Good hike that was a little easier.