Explore the most popular 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.



nature trips




dogs on leash

trail running

wild flowers

mountain biking

dog friendly




kid friendly

Steamboat Springs, Colorado Map
2 days ago

Great views of Mt. Werner, very gradual elevation change. It was a good starter trail for the area.

How fun to find this trail so close to town. Loved running to the upper fall and letting the crowd at the bottom thin out. Once back at the bottom I was able to bask in the beauty of the fall.

18 days ago

Great hike. GPS device recorded 12.5 miles. Most difficult part is the start to upper falls. After upper falls the grade is much gentler. Did yesterday, Oct 30. The last quarter mile has some snow on the trail which has become packed ice - very slippery; used the loose snow instead. 28 degrees and snowing steadily at the lake. Wildlife - saw porcupine and ptarmigan. Hiked constant pace w no breaks. 2:40 up, 2:20 down. Beautiful and fun hike. Moderate not hard. The description says ‘scramble’ but there is none.

18 days ago

Good workout going up to the upper falls. The trail is a little rough and rocky at times, but the views are stunning and well worth the effort. It started snowing at the upper falls, so we didn't continue on to the lake. Maybe next time.

20 days ago

Easy hike - about 50 minutes out and 40 minutes back. Definitely in the sun so avoid mid summer days. Even your flatlander friends can do this and feel accomplished!

28 days ago

Much better for bikes, but a fun trail to hike with the ups and downs. Nothing overwhelming in terms of scenery, but quiet and easy enough.

Beautiful hike. We first did the overlook of the first falls, which was just a stroll and would be perfect for a walk with children or those who want the views without the hike ;)
The second falls hike was a great workout and had a spot in the middle where we got some relief from the incline. It was technical and rocky at parts, and some parts had some snow/ice - spikes probably would have been helpful but we didn't use them.
Would have loved to continue on to Long Lake if we had started a little earlier in the day!

Lovely overlook view of the city. I can imagine that this trail would be prettier in the summer, with lots of wildflowers. There's not shade for the first half, until you get a ways up in elevation. Nice steady incline, but not overwhelming. However, the trail is designed in such a way that is more ideal for bikers than hikers. It was also pretty muddy at this time of year. We ended up mostly going up Blackmere road (between Lupine and NPR) because of the muddy trail conditions. The top of Blackmere provides a scenic picnic spot. This trail system is probably more clear to locals, there are signs but not enough to keep us from going on the wrong trails a few times.

Hiked Sunday 10/14/18. Absolutely beautiful hike! It snowed the whole time! It does get windy and chilly at the top. Some of us did wear spikes and others didn’t, no one slipped! I would say it’s a moderate hike/nice workout if your an experienced hiker! Picture ops around every corner!

Really beautiful hike. It had snowed the night before and all the trees were heavy w powder, which was coming down in chunks as the sun came out. There is a rocky traverse near the upper falls, which other than some snow and ice falling off the sides, was fine and easy. No crampons needed. Gaiters are recommended but not necessary.

1 month ago

Great fall hike! There’s not a lot of shade at the beginning so probably best on an overcast day. Beautiful views of the waterfall, the aspen grove is stunning right now, the mine was cool to see, and the river at the end is a nice surprise. I’ll do this hike again. The trailhead is unmarked but easy to find. Walk down from the upper lot and it will be on the right.

Great hike even in the steady rain. Trail head is tricky to find since you have to park at the mud creek trail head and walk back toward town along the road. You just have to look for the foot path. It’s a beautiful hike and worth it to enjoy the hot springs pools.

We hiked to the lake today amid clouds and a little rain. It was so beautiful. This is an awesome hike. Like others, I would rate this a "challenging moderate" rather than "hard". True, there is 2'500ft of climb, but it's spread over 6.5 miles so none of it is really steep, in my opinion. Also like others, I believe this hike is a full 13 miles. App says 11.7 but that distance is understated. Having said that, if you quit at the upper falls you'd be missing what I believe is the best part of the hike. Enjoy.

Great hike! My husband and I hiked up to the hot springs today. There were posts of rattlesnakes and mountain lions but this did not deter us from the hike. The trailhead is easy to find if you pay attention. Just head south outside the main entrance and follow the road to a post marked 44320. Turn left there and follow the signs. You cannot miss the entrance. It’s about 6 1/2 miles to 7 miles round-trip but worth it.

I'd rate the trail between moderate and hard, some parts pretty steep, others a little rocky, but definitely doable with a little experience. Both the upper and lower falls were nice, albeit pretty tame after seeing St. Francis falls in Glacier last month. Hiked about a mile above the 2nd falls: fantastic views and great color.

Nice trail with a moderate incline alongside a small brook. Hiked it and the Pioneer trail on the same trek. Wonderful color and great views. Lots of trail bikes careening down, so be prepared for a few fast dives into the brush.

Not sure if this was a biking or off-road limousine trail, but it wasn't that good for hiking. One trail sign from the parking lot and after a 1.5 mile hike up a gravel/dirt road, the only trails I saw strictly prohibited hiking: bikes only. The Creekside trail half-a-click back down the road is a much better option.

Great moderate trail right at base of ski hill. Started early to avoid heat and crowds. Amazing colors all the way up the Gondola.

Great trail with mixed terrains. Both waterfalls are pretty low on water, and so are all the lakes by Steamboat. We went to the upper Falls, you can add miles to the hike by going to Longs Lake.
I would rate this upper moderate rather than “hard”.
Overall beautiful hike in fall colors!

$5 entrance fee per car.

Nice hike only went to lower falls , trail was paved all the way . Will try upper falls soon.

1 month ago

Easy access to "trail" which was mostly dirt road. Pretty fall color the farther you hiked.

Wonderful Hike! The trail offers a variety of terrain. The path is well travelled, but the higher you hike the less people you see. There are many photo opportunities of Fall Colors, and some wildlife. If you are serious about heading to the second Falls and Lake wear hiking boots and bring plenty of water. Love, Love, Love This Hike!

1 month ago

Great views of the Yampa river being especially picturesque in the fall. Exploring on the composite decking bridge network over the wetlands was especially fun for the little one.

This was a gorgeous hike! Just as many other people have said BRING WATER! Couldn’t believe how many people had little or no water and wore flip flops. Even if you only go to the first falls it’s best to be prepared. More of a moderate hike than hard. Good variety of terrain on trail.

Probably a beautiful hike, only putting 1 star because we were not able to do the hike as there were WARNING signs of recently sites Mountain Lions (mother and cubs) at the at the start of the trail, hence the walk trail was overgrown so we turned back! Just to note, the Lions were sighted 1 month ago here and then on 13th Sept at the start of the Mad Creek walk just beside this walk (which we also hiked but did not realise there may be mountain lions until after).
Beautiful hike but please note above and check the news!

The trail was so hard to find! We walked up past some of the camp grounds and stumbled upon it. And it is not marked or well kept so we got lost and went off the trail a few times. Thankfully I was able to use the map on this to see if our GPS location showed us on the trail still, or which direction we needed to go. This is the only way we knew we had found the trail in the first place. Very pretty, and moderate trail, my little-hiking-experience friend and pup did great on it though. There were I think 4 little lakes on the hike, lots of pines and the weather was perfect today. Very low trafficked, I guess today was the end of hunting season so if you go during this season wear something colorful. The drive up to the parking lot is gorgeous right now with all the aspen changing color! Really really bumpy so you can’t bring a low clearance car up here.

2 months ago

Decent short hike. I think we were a week early for some really good fall foliage. Definitely recommend going on past the mine to where the trail ends at a creek. 4 stars for having to pay $5.

We took the short and easy paved path and had a lovely time and beautiful views! Quite a few people on a Sunday afternoon, but still enjoyable.

Beautiful, moderate to hard, you will not regret it!! My wife and I are 54, from the Midwest and fairly active. We’ve hiked Colorado, Washington, Arizona and California. We loved this hike to the upper falls! Great workout, not too technical, but plenty of opportunities to explore around the falls. Definitely in our list of Top 20 hikes. Hydrate before, during and after!!

Good hike with Ellen. Left house at 11 and back by 2:00 pm.

Load More