Venable Falls

Florence, Colorado 81226

Venable Falls

Venable Falls Professional Review and Guide

"East of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Venable Creek flows from Venable Lakes to the Wet Mountain Valley. Passing through the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness, its streaming waters plummet in a multi-stepped cascade, and collapse into a rocky trailside chasm.

From the trailhead, follow an old 4WD road through the forest to the Venable Trail. You’ll cross a wooden bridge and climb a rocky trail before reaching the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness boundary, where you should stop and sign the register. Soon after, the trees relent, revealing a lush valley and—from left to right, south to west—13,450-foot Horn Peak, 13,277-foot Comanche Peak, 13,244-foot Spring Mountain, and 13,334-foot Venable Peak. There are many small cascades along Venable Creek, about 30 feet below, but the banks here are steep and loose and it’s best to stay on the scrub oak–lined trail. Head back into the forest and continue to climb, until you reach a small wooden sign for Venable Falls."

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Trail Information

Florence
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
4.8
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
3 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
9,055 feet
Trailhead Elevation
10,335 feet
Top Elevation
Waterfalls
Features
San Isabel National Forest, (719) 553-1400, www.fs.usda.gov/psicc; San Carlos Ranger District, (719) 269-8500; Sangre de Cristo Wilderness Area, www.wilderness.net
Local Contacts
DeLorme Colorado Atlas & Gazetteer: Page 71 E6; USGS Colorado Quad Map: Horn Peak
Local Maps

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Aug 2018