South Willow Creek Falls

Silverthorne, Colorado 80498

South Willow Creek Falls

South Willow Creek Falls Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Most of this hike follows the route originally proposed for I-70, but today it takes you to a set of waterfalls beneath craggy spires on the north side of Buffalo Mountain. The trail wanders through lodgepole pine forest interspersed with a few aspen.

Mountain pine beetles killed many of the pines in the first decade of the 2000s. While this hike is longer than some, the elevation gain is spread out, with the steepest section coming after 3.6 miles. Part of the trail is downright flat! South Willow Creek Falls is worth the effort, especially in early summer during runoff."

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Colorado's Incredible Backcountry Trails (Rincon Publishing)
David Day
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"This easy hike follows the Mesa Cortina Trail from the outskirts of Silverthorne into the Eagles Nest Wilderness Area where it meets South Willow Creek and the Gore Range Trail. It then follows the Gore Range Trail up the north side of the fast-flowing stream, finally to arrive at South Willow Falls. Those wanting a longer hike can continue from the falls to Red Buffalo Pass, Gore Lake and beyond. But the walk as far as South Willow Falls makes a nice day hike, and that is what I will describe here." Read more

South Willow Creek Falls Reviews

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This hike through the beautiful Colorado wilderness. In the summer there's a lot of colorful wildflowers in the meadows. It's also nice in cool in the forest in the hot months. The falls are really beautiful too. It's not too hard of a hike but it's a long one so plan a day trip and enjoy the trip. There are a few steep areas but nothing a beginner couldn't handle.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
820 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
3.7-6 hours
USDA Forest Service, Dillon Ranger District, 680 Blue River Pkwy., Silverthorne; (970) 468-5400;;
Local Contacts
USGS Dillon, Willow Lakes, and Vail East; Nat Geo Trails Illustrated 108 Vail/Frisco/Dillon; Latitude 40˚ Summit County Trails; USFS White River National Forest map
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Dec 2018