Explore the most popular trails near Green Mountain Falls with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.




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Green Mountain Falls, Colorado Map

We got lucky enough to have a local stop us to ask if it was our first hike there. He said, “Rather than doing the death march up Hondo,” he recommended turning up Mountain Ave and taking the trail that is straight ahead (marked by some logs lying in the grass). We took that trail up and left and hit Crystal Falls. Then we backtracked to where the Thomas Trail forks off and took that to Catamount Falls. It was certainly strenuous but a fun journey/hike. Loved seeing Catamount Falls at the end.
Also thankful we didn’t have to do the Hondo death march...

Once you get to the waterfall go left on the trail and you can go on Kirkpatrick Trail and then Wallace Trail which makes for a beautiful hike. It will take you down to the dirt road in town. Total maybe 2.25 miles. Beautiful!!

13 days ago

Lots of wildflowers today. We went with our kids ages 4-8 and it felt more strenuous than moderate, but a lot of that probably had to do with the 4 year-old. Waterfalls were the highlights for us. The kids liked putting their feet in the pools. We'll definitely do again when the kids are older. I will say our 7 and 8 year-olds did fine.

Mostly road hike, but the waterfall at the end is a nice reward. I would done this again as a part of the larger Thomas trail.

on Thomas Trail

16 days ago

Great hike. Did it with a few kids in toe and they enjoyed the scenery and waterfalls. Trails are marked well, for the most part. Would highly recommend it.

trail running
17 days ago

It is was a difficult trail to keep a solid pace as there are lots of "toe grabbers" and due to flooding and high levels of rain the water crossing is challenging to do without getting your shoes wet. As a runner I would recommend it as an out and back.

Switchback central! I’d say it’s a moderate if you frequently hike and it is quite steep but nice and quick and a beautiful place to relax at the top.

Definitely a fun and challenging trail. Pretty steep. It’s beautiful and a great exercise. In the beginning it shares the same trail head as Thomas Trail and then you come to a fork where you can go right to follow the yellow trail markers (Thomas Trail) or go left to follow the blue/green trail markers which is actually Kirkpatrick Trail. Go left on Kirkpatrick Trail for a bit and you will see eventually the blue trail marker for Crystal Trail. Trail is well marked after that. Plenty of switch backs!

great easy trail. took friends from the Midwest on it and they loved it. waterfalls were cool and got to see some wild life.

1 month ago

Very nice trail! Steep in some parts but nothing to crazy. Yes

This is a great trail but hard to find. Park downtown near the pond. Walk across the main road on park and turn right on boulder. Once you come to the trail it is called Thomas trail. Take the yellow dots until you hit the green and make a left. You will cross Crystal Creek to catch the trail on the other side. You will see a sign for Crystal Creek on a tree. Don’t cross the foot bridge, stay to the right and it will wrap up and around higher up. Once you cross the river you take a trail up until you see the actual Crystal Creek trail sign. Once your on the trail you will know it!! Straight up with zig zags. Nice creek at the top for the dog. This trail is an amazing work out!!

1 month ago

This was a great trail. I loved the challenge of it and how you could climb up around the stream and then connect back in with the trail further up.

1 month ago

Steep at points, great work out, fun. Shady most of the way up. Didn't see anyone else once we passed the waterfalls.

1 month ago

Nice trail up to sections 2/3 of Ring The Peak- parking is not great- you park along the dirt road. Steep at the beginning but nice meadow at top.

1 month ago

I will agree with folks on the downer of the road walking required, but honestly it wasn’t too bad. Never really ran in to cars. Hitting both waterfalls was a plus...so pretty. It was nice to sit on the rocks and enjoy a snack while listening to the water. I would do this one again!

1 month ago

This trail was fun and beautiful, but it is definitely a tough “moderate” for people who don’t do much hiking. It was just a bit more than we were expecting!
We decided to go backwards (west>east) on the trail because the finishing point was right by our cabin, but that was not the best choice. We started with a long road just straight uphill, rather than having a steady incline across the mountain. Also, not sure if we missed markers because we were going the wrong way, but it seemed like a good portion of the trail was not marked well.

Trail is in great condition, well marked. Hiked June 28, 2018. Half of the trail is shaded. Dry conditions. Steep switchbacks at points, but doable, even with a severe headache.

Went today and it was great! So recommend for those who want a harder trail.

Great park...difficult terrain at times. Beautiful views.

2 months ago

Such a beaut!!

Love this trail, one of my favorites.

2 months ago

Nice hike - decent incline at the beginning and gradually gets easier. Kept going for about 7 additional miles on Ring the Peak trail headed north west. It was fun to see the back of Pikes Peak!

What a burn... 83 switchbacks. I love this trail.

2 months ago

A great little trail! A good workout and some pretty views of Green Mountain Falls and some small waterfalls. Can still hear the highway at some points. But still beautiful! Stop off at The Pantry for some brunch after!

Very nice view. Good for waking,relaxing, canoeing

stand atop boulder at top, take in Pikes directly South. The Rockies to the NW
great place to Airbnb- chipita park, Cascade Falls.

Very pretty, there are some parts of the trail where you need to pay attention to the markers, but worth the hike!

Beautiful trail and a great hike, but the reservoir has been drained. There is a small sign near the trail head that states it has been emptied for an indefinite period while the Corp of Engineers evaluates the structural integrity of the dam and determines what to do.

the parking is pretty crappy but once you get on the trail you realize pretty fast how steep it is. It's a long accent but at the top the views are top notch

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