West Creek Falls Trail

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado 80517

Distance0.7mi
Elevation Gain257ft
Trailhead Elevation7,932ft
Top8,121ft
Elevation Min/Max7929/8121ft
Elevation Start/End7932/7932ft

West Creek Falls Trail

West Creek Falls Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Larimer County, Colorado. It is within Comanche Peak Wilderness Area and Rocky Mountain National Park. It is 0.7 miles long and begins at 7,932 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 257 feet. Along the trail there is a hitch rack. This trail connects with the following: North Boundary Trail.

West Creek Falls Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Spring is the best time to visit this waterfall in a remote corner of Rocky Mountain National Park. The West Creek Falls hike begins at the historic McGraw Ranch which is currently being rehabilitated to become a new research facility for the National Park Service. It will be closed to the general public.

Parking at the trailhead is very limited, and at times, the Park Service will post a message on the entrance road designating the lot as full. No Park entrance fee is required. The area receives relatively little snowfall, and this route should be open from April through November. The falls themselves have a quiet, remote feel to them."

"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."

"West Creek flows southeast from the Mummy Range, through the Comanche Peak Wilderness, and northeast to Glen Haven where it joins the North Big Thompson River. Deep within the creek drainage, surrounded by walls of soil and stone, a horsetail pours over rock and fills a punchbowl at West Creek Falls."

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Trail Information

Rocky Mountain National Park
Nearby City
Comanche Peak Wilderness Area
Parks
Waterfalls
Features
Rocky Mountain National Park, (970) 586-1206, www.nps.gov/romo; Roosevelt National Forest, (970) 295-6600, www.fs.usda.gov/arp; Canyon Lakes Ranger District, (970) 295-6700; Comanche Peak Wilderness Area, www.wilderness.net
Local Contacts
DeLorme Colorado Atlas & Gazetteer: Page 29 A7 and A6; USGS Colorado Quad Map: Estes Park
Local Maps

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Jul 2018