Mesa-Cortina Trail to South Willow Creek Falls

MODERATE 78 reviews
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Mesa-Cortina Trail to South Willow Creek Falls is a 8.7 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
8.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1440 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.

hiking
10 days ago

walking
14 days ago

16 days ago

Still lots of snow with postholing, but the views were well worth it!

hiking
20 days ago

snowshoeing
2 months ago

snowshoeing
2 months ago

Great trail, decent amount of snow for snowshoeing. Views would have been awesome but it was cloudy and snowy. Our dog loved it!

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hiking
8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful trail with several scenic views. Not too difficult even for lowland folks like myself. A few junctions could be tricky but check your map first then follow signs! Not to populated saw several other hikers but had plenty of solitude as well.

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful! Open meadows, easy to locate trail. Some uphill but not a lot. Lots of shade. Crossed the stream in several places. Went to Buffalo Mountain to see the falls.

walking
8 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

9 months ago