Mesa-Cortina Trail to South Willow Creek Falls

MODERATE 127 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.

2 days ago

Loved it! Perfect time to be hiking with the fall colors in full force.

2 days ago

Loved it! Perfect time to be hiking with the fall colors in full force.

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1 month ago

Amazing and very light traffic(went on a Monday afternoon). The last mile to the waterfall was a challenge, steep and rocky but great payoff. Awesome views all around. You won't regret it.

1 month ago

This trail was incredibly fun and exciting with some beautiful views of the mountains and valleys in the surrounding area. Also, the waterfall is a great reward for making it to the top, as it's huge and awe-inspiring.

I highly recommend this hike, you won't be disappointed!

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

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1 month ago

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