Fourmile Falls Trail

Pagosa Springs, Colorado 81157

Fourmile Falls Trail

Fourmile Falls Trail Professional Guide

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"We sort of stumbled upon this trail, and it turned out to be another favorite. How can you beat a long day hike in the exquisite Weminuche Wilderness? The hike is loaded with stunning scenery, more than a dozen waterfalls—one of them the 300-foot Fourmile Falls—and a dreamy high mountain lake. The trail condition is excellent nearly the entire trip, with a couple of stream crossings and fine views of neighboring mountains.

Starting at 9000 feet and change, we already have glimpses of a few of the high mountains of the beauteous Weminuche, like Quien Sabe and Eagle Peaks. The trail travels soft tread in a forest of monster aspen and Engelmann spruce. The path descends gradually to Fourmile Creek, then up a small hill on the other side. After only about 0.5 mile we arrive at the Weminuche Wilderness boundary, with spectacular views to the north."

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Hiking Colorado's Weminuche and South San Juan Wilderness Areas - 3rd Edition (Falcon Guides)
Donna Ikenberry
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"You’ll find wildflowers, wildlife, a scenic lake, and waterfalls on this loop. The loop is done in clockwise fashion, traveling up the Anderson Trail and down the Fourmile Creek Trail. At the trailhead you’ll find Anderson Trail 579 on the left and Fourmile Trail 569 straight ahead. You can do the loop in either direction (or forget the loop altogether and walk directly to Fourmile Falls, a popular destination). However, the Forest Service recommended that I climb the Anderson Trail and descend via the Fourmile Trail because of the steepness and deteriorating condition of the latter." Read more
Colorado's Incredible Backcountry Trails (Rincon Publishing)
David Day
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"The highlights of this hike are two gorgeous waterfalls that are located 3.0 miles from the trailhead. The falls are an easy walk from the road with an elevation gain of only 750 feet, and upon reaching them most people go no further. There are several more waterfalls along Fourmile Creek, however, and the additional 2.3-mile walk to the head of the fast-flowing mountain stream will yield additional rewards. The trail finally ends at Fourmile Lake, a 600-foot diameter tarn hidden in the back of a basin on the northeast side of Pagosa Peak. If you want to experience Fourmile Creek Creek at its very best try to begin this hike no more than a half-hour after sunrise. The trail passes through a succession of pristine mountain meadows along the stream that are a delight to experience in the early morning hours. The show begins at dawn, when clouds of mist begin rising from the due-covered grass that surrounds the creek. The soft light flickering through the mist onto the wildflowers and the clean, white trunks of the bordering quaking aspen make an enchanting prolog to the day." Read more

Fourmile Falls Trail Reviews

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I think most folks like to just hike up to the waterfalls here, which is a nice 6 mile round trip from the trailhead. In that case, it is a really beautiful hike with amazing views all the way to the second waterfall. There are pretty aspen groves and flowers everywhere. For the longer, even more challenging day hike (or overnighter), this loop includes the Anderson Trail and can really be done clockwise or counter-clockwise. Be sure to drink in the awesome views of Pagosa Peak.
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We found the Anderson trial portion of this hike to be wonderful with great vistas, wildlife and a trail in good condition. The portion of Four Mile trail from its junction with Anderson trial to Four Mile Falls is steep and rocky. The falls along this section were nice, but the trail was like walking down a dry streambed. From Four Mile Falls back to the trailhead was fine.
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We only hiked from the trailhead to the falls. At the trailhead, they have a nice clean restroom (outhouse) and plenty of parking. The trail is well marked and has plenty of ups and downs but, nothing serious. This time of year (early May) there was plenty of water flowing and some snow in spots but, nothing impassable unless you are in tennis shoes. The wildflowers were just coming out in the sunnier areas. The wildlife was all around, mule deer (mostly in the lower elevations); blue birds and we even ran into an Elk. I think the Elk ran into us because we were sitting on a log drinking water when Mr. or Mrs. Elk came walking down the trail. When the elk got within about 30 feet, it saw us. Stopped,looked and took off. Yeah, the camera was in the backpack. Darn it. Nice trail for a moderate out and back. At an easy pace, it takes about four hours.

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Trail Information

Pagosa Springs
Nearby City
2,850 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Easy to Difficult
Skill Level
6 hours
June through October
9,062 feet
Trailhead Elevation
11,225 feet
Top Elevation
Additional Use
Wildflowers, Waterfalls
San Juan National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Pagosa Springs
Local Maps

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Dec 2018