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

This is the NFS Trail #1202 (I believe) that goes up above Fish Creek Falls toward Longs Lake. Rocky & steep in places. We went only about 1.8 mi up because we didn't have enough water or poles... I'm a little wobbly & really need the poles. A beautiful trail though!

Did this trail on Mother’s Day. Easy and manageable with beautiful landscapes. Parallels the creek the whole way. We came a bit too close for comfort with a moose.

8 days ago

Initially I was disappointed by the closed gate at the Stagecoach end. But the 1.5 mile hike to the trailhead was quite beautiful. And relatively flat. So that was not a problem. While I enjoyed the forest, and the solitude (I did not see anyone else on the trail), was disappointed that the trail did not go along side Sarvis creek? I could not see the creek for the entire first 2 miles on the trail. So then I turned around. The only time I was able to see the beautiful creek was right at the official trailhead. That is why I gave this hike a low rating.
Does this trail ever go along side the creek??

Well maintained. Great dog walking with shade and water.

Full sun exposure on the hiking trail makes it a hot one. But beautiful views of the ski resort and town. I’d recommend early or late in the day when it’s cooler. Bikes and maintenance equipment kick up quite a bit of dust onto us hikers as they pass. I think it’s much better as a mountain bike area.

Great trail to take your dogs....beautiful scenery.

Nice little hike with big bonus falls at the end.

Ive lived all over Colorado for the past 5 years out of my van. This is my favorite hike and all time favorite waterfall. The over look view and the bridge are great but if you hike up to the top. Its quiet the view and very much worth it. Just follow the trail for about 10-15 minutes past the bridge and listen for the water. There are no markers just local trails! Enjoy

28 days ago

Didn't make it all the way to long lake due to a late start but a very nice hike. Trail 75% snowed and grateful we brought hiking poles. Start early in the day, like before 9, to avoid the afternoon rain.

Pleasant hike to the upper falls. Hiked in late April - you'll want to start in the morning while the snow is still hard. If you hike after noon you'll be post-holing in the snow field above the 2nd bridge. It was mid-week and no one else was on this trail. Lots of folks walking the short path to the lower falls.

1 month ago

I recommend waiting until late-May to hike the trail...recently did an overnight backpacking trip here and could only get about 2.5 miles in (due to snow that was 1 - 2 feet in places) before I had to make camp. You could see the snow was rapidly melting, but it will take a while. Also, you will have to park about 1.5 miles from the trailhead and walk a dirt road to the Sarvis Creek trailhead...this will be the case until a downed tree is cleaned up on the access road.

I look forward to coming back this summer and hiking the entire trail. The scenery was great, and I did see a bald eagle and herd of elk on my short hike.

on Fish Creek Falls Trail

1 month ago


I’ve ridden this trail system about 3 times. It is very popular with locals & visitors. The trails are intermediate to advanced. Beautiful transitions from Gamble Oak forest to Aspens to Pines.
If you ride all the way up to the ridge it’s an awesome, flowy downhill. Check with the bike shop by the river near the north side of town to put together trails for your ability.
Too many names to mention.

2 months ago

If you take this trail counterclockwise the steep portion is around 2 miles. I was told this was the easier route to take. Trail conditions were packed and it was an easy snowshoe. Plan on between an hour and a half to two hours plus depending on how many stops you make to enjoy the views.

Turns out despite the info on this page that states dogs are allowed on leash, we were not able to do this trial since we got there and were told no dogs allowed!! Hopefully someone can update that info for future hikers!

Great trail. A lot of snow this time of year but well packed.

4 months ago

Just finished trail to upper falls. Last bit was steep but trail was well snow packed and hiking shoes is all that’s needed. Its moderate to the lower falls; I would rate this as Hard/Difficult getting to the Upper Falls.

Hiked the lovely snow covered, relatively packed trail in hiking boots past the big falls where there were two ice climbers, through the pines, then aspens, over the rivers wooden bridge and eventually to the smaller falls. Was a nice reward. the views of the valley were awesome. At 10 am we were the only car in the upper lot. lot was full when we returned. moderate rating suits this short trail.

Icy in parts. Definitely need yak tracks In parts

off road driving
6 months ago

Road up the springs is rough. Need a truck or suv. Go during the day very dark at night w no lights to see where you are going. Beautiful sunsets.

It was a beautiful hike., we went to the upper falls. Great views along the trail.

Easy paved stroll down to the waterfall. About a half hour taking it all in, just gorgeous. Bathroom was quite stinky, but welcome after listening to water. I feel we got lucky at scoring a parking spot at the top! Great time!

7 months ago

Good views. Beautiful up towards Long Lake

I myself am out if shape, my daughter is 9. We took our time, and enjoyed everything along the way. We went in mid October, the day after some snow flurries. there was just enough snow to keep her going.

I really enjoyed this hike. It was not overly technical and was easy on my sore legs. There were plenty of dogs on the relatively crowded trail. Quite a few places for photo opportunities along the way. I chose to take a dip in the very frigid falls, but was extremely refreshing over a hot LDW.

7 months ago

Nice, easy hike with our dog, with great fall views of Aspen foliage and the surrounding mountains.

7 months ago

Pretty trail. We hiked in the rain, but it was still very peaceful and beautiful walking through the changing aspen leaves. The waterfall at the end was satisfying goal.

Hiked this with my small dogs. Beautiful scenery and a nice climb. Really enjoyed it.

7 months ago

Lovely hike. The first bit is easy, downhill to the falls. From there it is uphill. I did this in the Fall- wonderful colors.

My wife and I started this hike at 9:53am on 9/19/17 and we loved it. We are from out of town, and this is our first time in Steamboat. Only a few miles from the condo we are renting. Ranger at the entrance was very helpful. $5 entrance fee and he gave us a map with some recommendations. Small parking lot but quite a few places to park along the road as well.

Hike starts downhill where you see the first falls. Very well constructed bridge to cross and a great spot for photos. Trail continues at a steady incline through well shaded forest and aspen groves for the remainder of the hike. Wish we were here a week later for more leave color change. When you come across the second bridge you'll soon exit the forest for a rocky ledge. Plenty of space to pass others and no fear of falling. It was super windy when we were hiking but we managed to not get blown off. Second falls is pretty cool and you can get right up to it. I'd image it being a nice spot to take a swim on a hot summer day.

I'd say get there early as this is a popular hike. A very nice hike to start our day.

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