Fourmile Trail to Fourmile Falls

Pagosa Springs, Colorado 81157

Fourmile Trail to Fourmile Falls

Fourmile Trail to Fourmile Falls Professional Review and Guide

"Hiking this scenic trail is a great way to experience the wonders of the Weminuche Wilderness—its vast spaces, rugged cliffs and lush forests—and its serious waterfalls. The first two waterfalls are three miles from the trailhead, but you can keep hiking to find more. Early spring brings heavy snowmelt and runoff. That’s when the waterfalls thunder! Yet, because of its lower elevation and its lower longitude, bordering New Mexico, this trail stays snow-free later in the fall and melts out earlier in the spring than most treks into this wilderness.

This trail leads downhill from the trailhead. (The Anderson Trail #579 leads due west and uphill from this spot. It joins Fourmile Trail near Fourmile Lake in a little more than 9 miles.) In 0.3 mile, you’ll cross a small drainage and the trail leads into a large patch of wild raspberries. They are normally in full fruit by mid-August."

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"Spilling hundreds of feet over a precipice of dark volcanic rock, Fourmile Falls makes an interesting destination in the Weminuche Wilderness north of Pagosa Springs. Accessed by a short and easy hike, this spectacular feature of the rugged San Juan Mountains can be enjoyed by hikers of nearly all ages and abilities.

Within the first 0.25 mile, the Fourmile Trail drops slightly within an old-growth forest of Engelmann spruce and fir to reach a small creek. After crossing this stream, the trail climbs a short distance before crossing into the Weminuche Wilderness. The trail then enters a large meadow and continues north for about 0.25 mile. This opening provides a nice view of 12,137-foot Eagle Peak to the northeast. You might also see a few aspens growing along the meadow’s edge."

"Two fairy-tale waterfalls highlight a storybook setting north of Pagosa Springs. Falls Creek and Fourmile Creek lend liquid pleasure to a plunge fall and a tiered fall, while the scenery is provided courtesy of Colorado wildflowers and the San Juan Mountains of the Weminuche Wilderness.

This is a lovely hike with lots of scenery. Fourmile Trail (#569) descends through a spruce and fir forest to Fourmile Creek, then rises into the Weminuche Wilderness. Travel in and out of the trees, across meadows of wildflowers and fields of California corn lilies, bordered to the east by the craggy faces of 12,007-foot Eagle Mountain and 12,137-foot Eagle Peak No. 2 Benchmark. At about 2.25 miles, Falls Creek Falls comes into view high in the cliffs to the north, with Fourmile Creek Falls just below and to the right."

Fourmile Trail to Fourmile Falls Reviews

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This trail is a great sampler of the beauty of Colorado. We went there for a day hike but spotted numerous potential campsites that made us wish we could have made the trip an overnighter! The trail head has been improved and now features ample parking and bathroom facilities. We are definitely planning an extented trip back into that area.
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Trail Information

Pagosa Springs
Nearby City
8.2
Distance
789 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
4-6 hours
Duration
Late Apr–late Oct
Season
Waterfalls
Features
180 Pagosa Street, PO Box 310, Pagosa Springs, CO  81147, (970) 2642268; www.fs.usda.gov/detail/sanjuan/about-forest/districts/?cid=stelprdb5154746
Local Contacts
Pagosa Peak, CO; #145, Pagosa Springs, Bayfield
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