West Creek Falls

MODERATE 36 reviews
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West Creek Falls is a 4.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and snowshoeing and is best used from April until November.

DISTANCE
4.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1453 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

snowshoeing

walking

forest

river

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

hiking
5 hours ago

Beautiful hike! We were the only ones on the trail. It took us an hour and 15 minutes to get to the falls where we climbed to the top and had lunch. The uphills were moderate to difficult, but highly recommend this hike!

hiking
6 days ago

hiking
7 days ago

hiking
13 days ago

Beautiful waterfall, rushing creek from snowmelt, forests, meadows, wildflowers, and a steep ridge to cross to get your heart pumping -- doesn't get much better than this for a 5 1/2 mile round trip hike (includes parking lot to trail head) . And there were very few others on this trail.

hiking
15 days ago

20 days ago

21 days ago

I would rate this as "hard". If you think the 1st 3/4 mile is rough, coming back going up the back side of the mountain is worse. Difficult both ways. The falls is beautiful and worth the trip. Best part about this hike, only ran into 1 other couple. It looks like this trail barely gets used.

hiking
27 days ago

Loved the West Creek trail. It was a more challenging “moderate” trail than we expected. Hard for some in our group. It’s also a hard trail to find as the trail head is not marked and the directions link wants to take you past the trail head. The marked trail head is with Crow Creek Trail and North Boundary Trail. Take the North Boundary Trail just past (north west) the McGraw Ranch cabins. There is a vehicle path just left of a fire hydrant. Head up the vehicle path and within about 20 yards a single foot path begins. As other’s have stated, the first accent is step, but relatively gradual before heading back down the ridge to West Creek. The trail is well defined, but there are many fallen trees over the path. At the creek, there is a nice log foot bridge before heading up parallel to the creek to the falls.

The West Creek was flowing hard and full, as expected with the recent runoff and precipitation. The entire trek was wrapped in lush green foliage with occasional mountain flowers. The fall did not disappoint. It was accessible and able to get right up to the falls. The pools were inviting and if the day was warmer we might have gone in.

The other nice characteristic about this trail is how few people seem to be aware of it. It does appear to be a hidden falls trail. The road parking is limited and it was full at 9:00 am (this is Memorial Day Weekend). However, we only ran into one couple during our 5 hour trip. Since it was hard to find, I asked a Park Service person at McGraw Ranch road for some help and he had never heard of the West Creek Trail. He said he had heard of another falls, but regarded it as a hunting trail.

Overall, I loved the hike, trail and falls. It was rigorous and rewarding. The fact that it is hardly known and used was a bonus.

hiking
27 days ago

1 month ago

Very hard up and over the mountain then walk along the creek to the beautiful falls. Beware many ticks on our group...

hiking
2 months ago

A great hike with cool views of the river as you get closer to the falls. As mentioned in previous comments, parking is very limited and would suggest getting there earlier rather than later.

4 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Generally less water in the fall, but more colors and allows access to areas you couldn't during high water. Fun hike.

7 months ago

Great hike with a steep climb to start and then down the other side which is steep coming back. Then pretty flat along the river. Like somebody else said the first sign for the falls is 1.6 miles in. Look
for the trout in the creek pools. Best part - didn't see another person.

8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Got here by 11 (late I know) but there is only parking for about 16 cars and it was all full. Bummer.

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

For being so close to Estes Park, this is a real gem.

The first part (.75 miles) of the hike is a relatively steep climb with little tree cover, so it can feel like a rough start. After that, it's downhill and relatively flat to the falls.

The falls are beautiful -- perhaps not as spectacular as other parts of RMNP, but definitely beautiful. We only saw 3 other people on the trail on a Saturday in August We had the falls to ourselves for a little picnic.

Hiking with kids:

We did this carrying a 10 month old and with a 12 year old who doesn't particularly like hiking. The climbs at the beginning and end challenged me (carrying a 20 lb baby on my back) and out 12 year old (who is not in great shape) but it was doable. Going earlier in the day would have made the initial climb easier given the sun. If you do go with kids, keep an eye on them towards the falls -- there are some narrow parts along the stream, and some non-intuitive trail twists that might be harder for a kid. There isn't any scrambling unless you want to scramble around the falls.

hiking
9 months ago

9 months ago

falls at the end are fantastic