South Willow Creek Falls

Silverthorne Colorado Hikes

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Most of this hike follows the route originally proposed for I-70, but today it takes you to a set of waterfalls beneath craggy spires on the north side of Buffalo Mountain. The trail wanders through lodgepole pine forest interspersed with a few aspen. Mountain pine beetles killed many of the pines in the first decade of the 2000s. While this hike is longer than some, the elevation gain is spread out, with the steepest section coming after 3.6 miles. Part of the trail is downright flat! South Willow Creek Falls is worth the effort, especially in early summer during runoff.
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by Maryann Gaug (Falcon Guides/ Morris Book Publishing, LLC)

Most of this hike follows the route originally proposed for I-70, but today it takes you to a set of waterfalls beneath craggy spires on the north side of Buffalo Mountain. The trail wanders through lodgepole pine forest interspersed with a few aspen. Mountain pine beetles killed many of the pines in the first decade of the 2000s. While this hike is longer than some, the elevation gain is spread out, with the steepest section coming after 3.6 miles. Part of the trail is downright flat! South Willow Creek Falls is worth the effort, especially in early summer during runoff.

© 2014  Maryann Gaug/Falcon Guides/ Morris Book Publishing, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Silverthorne
Length: 9
Elevation Gain: 820 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3.7-6 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: USDA Forest Service, Dillon Ranger District, 680 Blue River Pkwy., Silverthorne; (970) 468-5400; www.fs.usda.gov/whiteriver; www.dillonrangerdistrict.com
Local Maps: USGS Dillon, Willow Lakes, and Vail East; Nat Geo Trails Illustrated 108 Vail/Frisco/Dillon; Latitude 40˚ Summit County Trails; USFS White River National Forest map
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