Explore the most popular dogs on leash 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.

I’ll second the use of GPS. You start out obviously following a Jeep trail. But about 10 minutes in there is a VERY obvious and well marked trail to the left (blue blazes seen on trees, just like Jeep trail). We followed the very well marked trail through a couple of beautiful alpine meadows all the way to the summit before realizing that was NOT the 1A loop. Oops... I tried to find the loop trail on the backside, but my hiking buddies decided out and back would be just fine. We did see a deer that hopped over the tall grasses to escape our notice. Anyway, don’t assume which way to go - check the map. Out and back to the summit was 2 miles total.

It was unbearably hot the day I ventured to Fish Creek Falls, so I didn’t make it but a quarter mile past the bridge and waterfall before I turned around and went back. The trail down to the waterfall is mostly shaded, and not too steep coming back up. I also walked a short ways down the overlook trail that leads to the top of the waterfall; different scenery and very pretty, but exposed to the sun so very hot. Some loose dirt and a little rocky in spots on the trail, so sturdy shoes are a good idea. Chipmunks, ground squirrels, anglewing butterflies, birds, and very pretty wildflowers were all out in mid July. Very nice, short hike with lots of changing scenery to see: waterfall, aspen groves, conifers, small meadows, rocky cliffsides (overlook trail), surrounding mountains. Went on a weekday late afternoon / early evening, and there was moderate traffic.

Wildflowers were amazing, kids made it all the way! Do not do this trail without GPS, you’ll lose the trail in the meadows, but you’ll be rewarded if you make it! Go clockwise for easier elevation if you’re with kids.

3 days ago

A nice easy hike to start acclimating to altitude. Climbing out from the parking area will get your heart pumping, but it doesn’t take long for the trail to start flattening out. The best part of this trail is to hear the rushing creek below. Once you get to the cabin at the end of the trail, it is definitely worth the extra 1/4 mile down the dirt road to the right for the bridge over the creek. The big creek rocks made a nice resting area for a light snack before heading back down. Not to spoil the surprise, but you are almost guaranteed to see some large mammals near the cabin - but may be not the ones you are expecting! This trail will be fine for small children as well. We saw 15-20 groups of hikers around the noontime hour, and a couple mountain bikers shared the path in a friendly way.

Was a beautiful evening to hike and was fun for my whole family! Was easy to access beautiful views of the falls without having to hike too long.

Had an amazing time today hiking the upper Fish Creek Falls!! Completely worth it! It’s rated difficult and that was fairly accurate for a few portions, (although that rating seems a little strong for the trail overall). I saw several people hiking without a water bottle and that isn’t wise at all, especially on a day as hot as today was.

Picked a good time to go in the afternoon. No storms, plenty of parking, and few people. Good workout and great views. We went on a pretty warm day. Seeing the pools under the waterfall made ya want to try to jump in.

10 days ago

Nice trail. Mostly uphill on the way out but numerous level patches to ease the walk. Good mix of sun and shade for the hot July noonday we walked this on. LOTS of flowers and berries (not yet ripe in early July) and a riot of trees. We only saw wrens and woodpeckers, but heard many other birds. A smattering of exposed geology to admire. This seemed definitely to be a favored trail bike route - we were the only hikers but were overtaken by 7-8 individual riders - so you want to keep an eye out in front and behind. All the riders we saw were in control and courteous.

We took the gondola up and hiked down, which is $25 per person. The views of the valley are just stunning! I would rate this hike as strenuous even for just going down. I didn’t give it five stars because the trail is very overgrown, and there were a ton of bees (mid July) that we had to avoid. I would recommend wearing long pants if you have any grass-related allergies. Overall the hike was worth it, but it was a challenge!

This trail is a tough one, but so rewarding. A word of caution, take care of your knees on the way down.

Gorgeous hike!

Very strenuous hike. Views are great. Make sure you have good gripping shoes. Mostly sand on trail. Takes about two hrs with plenty of breaks. Gondola ride is worth the hike.

Amazing hike and not many travel up past the upper falls! The treck to falls is far worse than hike to the lake. We left trailhead at 9:39 and wish we had gone sooner. We got stuck in storm 1 mike away from lake when we turned around. Wildflowers are gorgeous and you feel like you are walking in a meadow land! Start early and definitely don’t miss this gorgeous hike!!! Totally worth the 11.7 Miles! PS.... bring bug spray!!

Beautiful hike. After the upper falls the trail smooths out. So many flowers and the snow was gone. Just a few wet spots. Definitely hard because it is long and the first half is very rocky. Those rocks are pretty tough going down when your legs are tired. Round trip took us 6 hours including lunch at the top.

Great trail! Made it to the upper falls with our 8 and 12 year old adopted grand kids. Beauty all around. Next year we start earlier and go to the lake.

Great hike. It’s not as crazy as I was expecting.

14 days ago

Good hike close to town

Very crowded but not surprising on a Fourth of July weekend. We thoroughly enjoyed this hike. It was very hot so bring plenty of water.

First timer, but really enjoyed the hike up to the 2nd of two waterfalls.

Definitely more of a cross country trail. We lost the trail in the meadow about a mile in. Pretty wild flowers but there are many better trails in the steamboat area.

Fun hike. Not for the faint of heart. We are a flat lander family and we made it! The views from the upper falls are amazing!

Great Trail! Beautiful Views! Easy incline.

Green and shaded for the most part on your way up. Fairly steep and very rocky at points, but manageable. The upper waterfall is gorgeous and there’s some good rock scrambling opportunities. I’d definitely recommend if you’re fit or determined enough to finish.

22 days ago

This trail is well spotted for about 5 minutes and then there was no clear trail. We stumbled upon a few blue diamond markers, but they made no sense. We were traversing an old marshy riverbed, several times, and, without a compass and a printed map of the area, we would have been lost. Not an enjoyable hike at all due to the bush whacking. We also had to jump, splash and hop across a stream that involved all of us getting our boots soaked.

23 days ago

This trail was beautiful in June, gorgeous views and wildflowers. Hiked this on a sunny Saturday so there were a fair amount of people on the trail but still enjoyable. Only small downside was that I had my dog with me and hiking with him on leash was a bit challenging given that the trail is narrow, steep, uneven and unstable at some points but once far enough up the trail I noticed most other dogs were off leash and that no one appeared to be too bothered by it which was a relief.

Amazing hike! Everywhere I looked I was greeted with beauty! Do not miss this gorgeous adventure!

so wonderful to be in forest

on Creekside Trail

25 days ago

NOT KID FRIENDLY. It was a nice hike until my wife and kids were almost run over by downhill bikers. We were actively watching for bikes, unfortunately they were absolutely not watching for hikers. Would not recommend this trail for anyone on foot.

25 days ago

Loved this hike. Gets difficult but so worth all the views as the climb goes on. Would totally do this again if I end up back in Steamboat.

Beautiful views! Did this in late June on an 80 degree day. I’m 43 but I had major brain surgery about 8 months ago. It is 2,180 foot climb but pretty steep hills all the way. 1.5 hours. This should be rated moderately difficult for most. The beginning of the hike is the worst bc most is not shaded and not that pretty. The last half is nice due to the pretty walk in the woods and spectacular views. If a view of the city is what you want this is for you! Beautiful wildflowers etc...It is Almost all a steep uphill climb on dirt. Which could be tricky for those without good balance. We hiked 2 days ago to the upper falls at Fish Creek Park. It was more beautiful and an easier hike although scarier! Some may disagree with me. Free Gondola ride down made it worth hiking!
My 10 and 12 year old did the hike with us!
Turned on the trail tracker very late in the hike.

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