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

Has anyone ever made it to the lake?

Beautiful trail with spectacular waterfall

This hike was absolutely beautiful! The falls and the views were totally worth the above moderate climb.

One of my favorite hikes. It does have a bit of a steep start and it's exposed so the sun can feel really intense. After it levels out it's a great hike through rocks and trees, over a few small streams. You come to a small meadow with amazing views then the waterfall...so gorgeous!
We timed it right and had it too ourselves for about 20 minutes. The water was cold and refreshing.
We have horses and don't care that there's poop on the trail.
We also don't mind people because they're just out enjoying it too.

On the drive here make sure you pay attention to private property/no park access signs. Apple maps sent us driving through a private development that does not connect, and we had to retrace our steps and follow the signs on the road.

The hike itself was fairly dry and scrubby for the first mile or so, before getting more woodsy. The waterfall is beautiful! Make sure you don't miss the left turn to the falls, we accidentally continued on towards the lake for a few minutes before realizing we had passed the falls. The hike was fairly busy, we saw several groups of people, particularly around the falls.

off road driving
14 days ago

Great trail, but lots of traffic. Alpine Tunnel was completely closed so we ended up going over the pass and landing in Pitkin. Great camping down Marble Quartz just before you get to Pitkin.

Great first hike for the family in Colorado. Beautiful views along the way made way for a nice waterfall. We started at 8am and did not see another person until close to the waterfall. Way back was many people. Start on the early side. Kids age 9 - 15 did pretty good. Quite a few water breaks on the way up but they did It.

Well worth the time to see the beautiful falls. We were there on a Monday mid day and it was quite crowded. Tough hike up, easy hike back.

Beautiful hike! Lots of horse poop and plenty of people but still a perfect day.

Great hike to to a beautiful water fall! Totally worth it!

Outstanding trail. Great for a family hike. Loved the waterfall and spring fed streams.

The wildflowers are amazing right now! This was a lovely stroll and only got steep at the turnoff for the lake. We struggled to find an established trail on final approach to the lake but everything else was nice and easy. With the lake portion we were on the trail about 3 hours 45.

When I clicked into Apple maps from AllTrails I was told to turn left too soon and ended up at a dead end, but luckily we went back out and made it up to 295 without further issue. 7/25/18

There is a lot of horse poop, for sure. But the payoff is worth it!

Lots of horse poop!!! Otherwise a great hike with an awesome finish!

Amazing waterfall. Not too crowded during the week.

Beautiful hike. Waterfall was pretty, but a bit crowded even in the middle of the week.

It is not uphill all the way to the falls. Hike starts at an incline with some rocks, soon levels out. You can hear the creek the whole way. Nicely done bridges to cross the water. AmAzInG waterfall! I'm not a fast hiker. It took me just 3 hours from start to finish. Can't wait to do it in snow shoes!

*and yes the horse poo is painful and attracts crazy flies

My friends and I loved this hike. We hiked this when impending thunderstorms cancelled a 14er attempt. We were very happy with this climb and then easy stroll through the forest. Some really great views of the valley and the surrounding 14ers. Trail description is very accurate. Some intense sun exposure at times, especially on the first half climb. Signage is easy to follow.

The waterfalls were well worth the hike- much larger than I was expecting and the mist felt so good! I highly recommend this hike.

It is a uphill hike all the way to the falls. Somewhat rocky but well worth it once you reach the top. The hike back down was extremely easy but the hike there takes a toll

I first hiked this trail with my hiking group. I was amazed at the diversity of the trail and beautiful waterfall at the end. I took my husband, kids and friends the following year. Slightly strenuous at the beginning then levels out. Be sure and eat lunch by the falls and enjoy the mist... it’s heavenly.

Very nice but a bit busy, the hike itself it’s not a piece of cake but it’s not crazy hard either, you have to consider that it’s a steep hike up, just take your time.
We saw solo hikers, families, definitively dog friendly.
Took us about 1 hour and 40 min to go up, gorgeous views, we stop by the waterfall to have some lunch and then continue our way down the loop. About one hour down for us.
Totally worth it !

Pretty packed but a great trail with water along the way

I love this trail! It’s one of the best trails I’ve hiked on in Colorado. My husband and I’ve hiked it twice, once when the Aspen were golden and with a dusting of snow on the ground. It’s got beautiful scenery, a variety of terrain, and a lovely waterfall at the end.

Loved this trail. Moderate is the right description. Missed the turn off for the falls but the next mile and a half was great views. Hit the falls on the way back . Spectacular falls. Water is so pure.

We rode on ATV. It was great!

First mile and half is a pretty steep climb, gets a little easier after that. Good coverage from aspen trees. Big payoff at the end with the falls. Lots of fun log creek crossings. I hiked this in May 26th with my 8 year old son - falls were flowing good.

Beautiful hike, the waterfall is worth it! We enjoyed it so much we continued hiking the additional 3 miles to Brown’s Lake!

The trail is great. Did it with my wife and two kids who are 9 and 6. They loved the trail also and really loved the falls at the end. We also took the dogs 12 and 3.

1 month ago

Vacationing from Kansas City, MO. Loved this trail!

GREAT hike. Trail marked well. What makes hiking worth it: getting to top, all to feel so small in this HUGE world.

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