Browns Creek Waterfall Trail

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Moderate
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2.5-3.5h
Distance
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10.0 km
Elevation
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287 m
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The Browns Creek Waterfall is a stunning woodland adventure along the gurgling creek, past cascades, and up to the creek. This enchanting excursion is a crowd favorite, and rightfully so. The lush pine trees, vibrant aspen groves, mesmerizing cascades, and stunning shimmering waters provide a relaxing hike through the San Isabel National Forest. This wonderful day hike is a must-add to your Colorado adventure itinerary.

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Route Description for Browns Creek Waterfall Trail

The Browns Creek Waterfall Trail is a lovely nature walk through the San Isabel National Forest. Immerse yourself in nature and escape the stressors of the real world as you venture the forestland path. This stunning route is the perfect escape that exhibits the diversity of the Colorado wilderness. Open year-round, we prefer this adventure in the fall when the crowds have thinned, and the aspens are at their peak vibrance. This path is a popular excursion, so don’t be surprised if you must share the trail with fellow adventurers. If you are seeking a more secluded experience, consider a weekday morning walk for more privacy! When the snow begins to fall be sure to trade your hiking boots for snowshoes! Additionally, you will be walking through the wilderness so keep an eye out for wildlife.

Explore the diverse flora and fauna of the Sawatch Range region as you venture the Browns Creek Waterfall Trail. There is something hypnotizing about waterfalls, and we don’t think you can go wrong. Not only does this path reveal sights of the postcard-worthy cascades, but it exhibits stunning views of the encompassing woodlands that are hemmed by snow-capped craggy peaks. Escape into the fresh air and let the sounds of the gurgling waters lull you into a state of relaxation. This is an ideal hike for those who need to acclimate to the area’s elevation before attempting a famous Colorado fourteener ascent. Whether you are conditioning for a more technical adventure or simply looking to get some steps in, the Browns Creek Waterfall Hike is a great option.

Embark on your adventure along the Browns Creek Waterfall Trail from the Browns Creek Trailhead. Departing from the trailhead, hikers will be guided along the Wagon Loop Trail which follows the curves of Little Browns Creek. Soon you will encounter a cattle gate—simply lift the wire over the free-standing pole and make sure to shut it behind you! As you travel along this path you will be granted sights of Mount Antero looming above. Eventually, you will encounter an intersection. Here, keep left and you will be diverted onto the Colorado Trail Segment 14. Hike this path and at the next junction, veer right onto the Browns Creek Trail, crossing a small bridge over Little Browns Creek.

Enjoy the shade of the towering pine trees and the vibrant aspen groves as you wander along the Browns Creek Trail. Follow this path, now trekking along Browns Creek. Soon the terrain will transform into meadowlands, revealing once again amazing views of Mount Antero and Mount White. Follow the route, intersecting with several more stream crossings before arriving at the falls. The cascades, flowing from Jones Peak, presents the ideal picnic spot. This lovely waterfall is even better in the spring when the snowmelt intensifies the torrent of water. Take a break here, revel in the mesmerizing waters, and when you are ready, retrace your footing along the path all the way back to the trailhead. If you have some gas left in the tank, consider following the route up to Browns Creek before heading back.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there camping along the Browns Creek Waterfall Trail?

Yes, there are several dispersed campsites along the Browns Creek Waterfall Trail. The environment is fragile so limit disturbances and leave no trace.

Are dogs permitted on the Browns Creek Waterfall Trail?

Yes, dogs are permitted on the Browns Creek Waterfall Trail if they remain on leash.

Is fishing permitted in Browns Creek?

Yes, assuming you have a valid Colorado fishing license, fishing is permitted in Browns Creek.

Insider Hints for Browns Creek Waterfall Trail

  • Pack your fishing rod and try your hand at some trout in Browns Creek!
  • In the winter months, trade your hiking boots for snowshoes or cross-country skis to enjoy the stunning trail year-round
  • Pack provisions and have a picnic by the cascades
  • Though you can venture this trail year-round, the vibrance of the aspen trees in the fall is unparalleled
  • In the warmer months, it is a good idea to pack bug spray!

Getting to the Browns Creek Waterfall Trail Trailhead

The Browns Creek Waterfall Trail is accessed via the Browns Creek Trailhead off County Road 272.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground

    Dispersed Backcountry Campsites

  • When to do

    March-October

  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    Older Children only

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    High

  • Route Type

    Out and back

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