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Fish Creek Falls Trail

Intermediate
 4.4 (26)

A great high alpine route; connects with Buffalo or Rabbit Ears Passes.


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Map Key

7.0

Miles

11.3

KM

Point to Point

10,096' 3,077 m

High

7,419' 2,261 m

Low

2,687' 819 m

Up

45' 14 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

38%

Max Grade (21°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Need to Know

Fish Creek Falls has a required $5 day use fee. Passes can be purchased in advance at recreation.gov/sitepass/74376. America The Beautiful passes and Annual Day Use Forest passes are also accepted.

Description

Fish Creek Falls (USFS Trail #1102) starts at a large parking lot, and ends at a junction with Wyoming Trail and Mountain View. The lower reaches of the trail are more rocky and difficult, resulting in some challenging sections.

The upper end of the route is easier, rolling through forest and open meadows on a gradual ascent.

Fish Creek Falls is often used as a shuttle, connecting with the Wyoming Trail from either Buffalo or Rabbit Ears Passes.

Contacts

Shared By:

Tom Robson with improvements by Nicole Cookson

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  4.4 from 26 votes

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Photos

Lower Fish Creek Falls from the overlook trail.
Jun 1, 2022 near Steambo…, CO
Long Lake off of Fish Creek Falls Trail.
Sep 10, 2016 near Steambo…, CO
Lower Fish Creek Falls from the footbridge.
Jun 1, 2022 near Steambo…, CO
Fish Creek Falls is a maelstrom in late Spring. We saw kayakers take on the Class V rapids just below the Falls as we started our run
Jun 30, 2015 near Steambo…, CO
Fish Creek Falls!
Jan 30, 2015 near Steambo…, CO
Early June after a snowy winter. Rushing waters.
Nov 11, 2019 near Steambo…, CO

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May 22, 2022
Mike Langenkamp
1mi — 1h 00m
Oct 18, 2021
Dan C.
Sep 28, 2021
Dan Trautvetter
Sep 18, 2021
Jill Patton
Miles for round trip. Gorgeous fall colors — 5h 37m
Sep 16, 2021
Javier Lozano
Great hike up to Upper Fish Creek Falls! 2.2mi — 1h 40m
Jun 11, 2021
tom welborn
5mi
May 6, 2021
Lauren Stewart