Winter hike, Browns Creek Falls, is finding a mind-blowing frozen waterfall deep in the canyons. The trek is full of views, snow-laden forests, sparkling snow field meadows, and snow-covered bridges — a sensational winter hike with unsurpassed beauty.
Browns Creek Falls Trailhead
Browns Creek Falls has been a favorite summer and fall hike, and after completing this hike in January, I’m not sure which season is the best. We found hiking in winter has its unique beauty and intense quiet. We encountered eight hikers the entire day, which is unheard of on Colorado trails lately!
If you are from Colorado, you know it’s time to get outside in the winter when the weather forecast is high clouds, no snowfall, and minimal winds. Chaffe County is a great location to find winter trails.
It is a balmy 35 degrees, and the occasional sunshine on our backs is warming. The hike begins on a steady uphill incline with the occasional snow patches. However, the trails fill with snow cover after reaching the junction for the Colorado Trail.
A mile and 1/2 in, and it’s a white wonderland. Rabbit and Deer tracks are appearing everywhere in the deep snow. A nice treat when winter hiking! I have my eye out for moose tracks and am happy the bears are sleeping.
When you reach the meadow, you are getting close. The views here are spectacular. We found little snow drifts and mini sparkles under the smaller trees, which twinkled brightly.
Something that can only be seen in winter!
Winter Extras that Keep me Warm
The snow becomes more profound and intensely quiet as we leave the meadow and head back into the trees. After that, the hike gets more impressive.
A couple of bridge crossings add a childlike adventure.
Just a few more feet to go, and tucked inside the canyon, almost hidden, you will find Browns Creek Falls in all its frozen glory.
Browns Creek Falls is thick with ice and snow. What a sight! Dramatically different than summer. Beautiful.
I’d recommend this hike even if you are new to hiking and have acclimated to a higher elevation. It’s moderate initially, but If you can do the first mile and a half, the rest is a stroll.
NOTE: At the turn to the Falls, you can go straight for another grueling uphill 3 miles to Browns Lake. In winter, you need snowshoes.
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