West Creek Falls

Estes Park, Colorado

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Beyond a steep ascent and steep descent, West Creek Falls tumbles over two tiers in a secluded setting. McGraw Ranch was pioneered in 1874, and Cow Creek, which flows near the ranch buildings, indicated its initial purpose. An 1882 map calls it Cow Creek Stock Ranch. But tourists paid better than cows, and West Creek Falls became a destination for horseback rides by ranch guests. The National Park Service bought the ranch in 1988, easing access for hikers to West Creek Falls. The ranch buildings remain at the trailhead, providing interesting architectural background for photos.
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by Kent Dannen (Falcon Guides)

Beyond a steep ascent and steep descent, West Creek Falls tumbles over two tiers in a secluded setting. McGraw Ranch was pioneered in 1874, and Cow Creek, which flows near the ranch
buildings, indicated its initial purpose. An 1882 map calls it Cow Creek Stock Ranch.

But tourists paid better than cows, and West Creek Falls became a destination for horseback rides by ranch guests. The National Park Service bought the ranch in 1988, easing access for hikers to West Creek Falls. The ranch buildings remain at the trailhead, providing interesting architectural background for photos.

© 2015 Kent Dannen/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Estes Park
Distance: 4
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3 hours
Trailhead Elevation: 7,840 feet
Top Elevation: 8,440 feet
Local Contacts: Rocky Mountain National Park Backcountry Office, 1000 US 36, Estes Park 80510; (970) 586-1242; www.nps.gov/romo
Local Maps: USGS Glen Haven and Estes Park; Trails Illustrated Rocky Mountain National Park
Driving Directions: Directions to West Creek Falls

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