Upper Piney River Falls Trail

MODERATE 45 reviews
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Upper Piney River Falls Trail is a 6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Wolcott, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
6.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
915 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

cross country skiing

horseback riding

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

no dogs

The first few miles undulate gently through meadows with good spots for lunch, relaxation, and great views. The trail climbs through aspen and mixed conifer forest, crossing numerous little creeks before switchbacking downhill.

hiking
2 months ago

The drive up to the lake kinda sucks if you don't like heights. If I recall correctly, the drive is around 45 minutes one way once you turn off the main road and onto the steep uphill. Some of the road is guarded by trees, other parts are not. It's plenty wide for two cars but we took it slow. The hike is amazing, and the first section along the lake is very easy. Once you get into the woods there are some steeper sections, but nothing too difficult. The waterfall is beautiful.

3 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

7 months ago

Perfect hike

hiking
7 months ago

really pretty fall views. no people. long slow drive but worth it.

hiking
7 months ago

7 months ago

Awesome day, October 1st, we'll marked, scenic trail. Packed in a lunch and near the end of the hike were rewarded by the sight of a huge bull moose near Piney Lake. Be sure to visit the Piney Ranch gift shop and restaurant near the trailhead.

hiking
7 months ago

Easy walk with great VIEWS!

hiking
8 months ago

Awesome trail so glad we went. Elevation change nothing significant, but you walk thru various tree types til you reach the falls. There the second week of September and the aspen leaves were well underway turning yellow. We hiked this trail less than 18 hours after flying in from Florida and we definitely felt it! Should have taken a little more time to acclimate- but the three of us made it easily enough. Took us an hour and 45 mins to hike back from the falls to the car.

8 months ago

camping
8 months ago

Great Place, My favorite place to go near Vail, Co. Spent one night at the State campsite near the entrance to Piney Lake Ranch, 6 great sites over looking the mountains and Piney River,
Try it.

8 months ago

Beautiful hike through aspen forest.

8 months ago

Longer and steeper than I thought it would be. Bring food if it's around meal time and try to be down by 4pm to avoid storms.

hiking
8 months ago

We almost didn't attempt this hike due to the reviews of the road getting there. I'm so glad we did! We had no problems with the dirt portion of the road which took us about 40 minutes going about 20 mph in our Nissan sedan. (From Avon we arrived in 50 min).
The hike was spectacular! Such beautiful scenery and not crowded at all. We toted out 2 yr old in a baby backpack so we appreciated that the hike was not too strenuous. The Falls are more of a trickle this time of year but don't let that deter you. The hike is gorgeous nonetheless.
We didn't spent much time at the ranch but the lake is serene and looks like a nice place to camp. Very kid friendly experience.

9 months ago

scenic driving
9 months ago

The crazy drive really was part of the fun. Super scenic and sketchy drive. So many groundhogs and even an elk ducked off the dirt road when we drove up. Very scenic just sketchy on the way back down coming around corners when traffic is coming head on. Many spots nothing is on the side. Huge moose at opposite end of lake. My 9 year didn't want to do the hike to the waterfall so we just stayed by the lake which is beautiful

9 months ago

9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

The drive in was a little rough, but the amazing views of Piney Lake and the surrounding valley are amazing!

hiking
10 months ago