Browns Creek Falls is an exhilarating day hike in Colorado’s Mountains.

Reach the end of the trail and you suddenly happen upon the falls, it’s that unexpected. Roaring, rushing, white water thundering down from a rocky ledge high above. My description just doesn’t give it the credit it deserves.

You’ll just have to hike to Browns Creek Falls and see for yourself!

 

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I’ve hike this trail several times and today I am taking up a couple friends to show it off. They are both approaching 70 years and what an inspiration to be in their energy and enthusiasm. Along with their pups (5 of them!) this was an exceptional day.

 

 

Beginning the hike becomes a quick moderate incline through a couple switchbacks. Views through the pines of Mt. Antero appear as we climbed steadily higher.

 

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Only a 1.5 miles to go to the Falls.

For a more challenging hike continue past Browns Creek Falls to Browns Lake. It’s a beauty and its a steep 3 more miles. Heres a sneak peak “Browns Lake Hike” 

 

 

 

 

Not much farther and the trail levels off to a nice stroll through the forest. Its easy peasy from here to the Falls.

 

 

Opening up to beautiful meadow with numerous dreamy dispersed campsites throughout the trees. And the views!

 


 

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A couple bridge crossings add a little adventure. In one area (not pictured) the trail leads to the water, you can walk through the water but just to the right of the trail you’ll find another bridge for a much easier crossing.

 

 

 

 

At the turn to the Falls you’ll find a large tree stump. There once was an old signpost, then later just a Carin to point the way and now its a large tree stump with the word Falls carved on it with an arrow. (turn left)

 

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Just a few more feet to go and tucked inside the canyon almost hidden is Browns Creek Falls in all its glory.

We heard, “amazing” “whoa”, “spectacular” from various other hikers and backpackers.

 

WANT MORE HIKES? FAVORITES TRAILS NEAR HERE:

Ptarmigan Lake Trail – One of Colorado’s best day hikes! 

Hiking to Harvard Lakes – Beneath Mt. Columbia 

Denny Creek Trail – Collegiate Peaks Wilderness

 

 

Scramble over a few rocks and find your happy spot and enjoy.

I’d recommend this hike even if you are new to hiking and have acclimated to higher elevation. It’s strenuous in the beginning, but If you can do the first mile and half then the rest is a stroll. You’ll be excited for the next hike you do…

LOCATED: near Nathrop, CO between Pancho Springs and Buena Vista, CO off of Hwy 285. Take CR 270 and head west for 1.5 miles. You’ll come to an intersection. Continue straight onto FR 272 for about 2 miles. You’ll enter the National Forest lands and continue another 2 miles. At the next intersection turn left and travel south for 1.5 miles to the trailhead where you’ll find a large parking area and restroom.

TIDBITS

Rated: moderate

6.2 miles out and back

Trail #1429

Start at 8,990 ft, elevation, End at 9,830 ft

Open to: leashed dogs, horses, mountain bikes

No motorized vehicles

San Isabel National Forest

Dispersed camping allowed but not at the Trailhead

Fire restrictions common

Salida Ranger District


 

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