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Hike To Browns Creek Falls In Chaffee County, CO

My Hike On Browns Creek Trail To A Pretty Colorado Waterfall In The Sawatch Range

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On this first visit to Browns Creek Falls, the word "exhilarating" kept going through my mind. This waterfall is a little-known gem in the Sawatch Range of central Colorado. I must confess a selfish part of me does not want to share this information online; I want Browns Creek Falls all to myself!

If you love Colorado waterfalls and you've already visited Agnes Vaille Falls (near the Mt. Princeton Hot Springs), Browns Creek Falls is another spectacular option. It is a 2.5 mile hike one way on the Browns Creek Trail from the trailhead at Chaffee County Road 272. I hiked swiftly, spent 15-20 glorious minutes at the waterfall and was back at my car in just under three hours.

Browns Creek Waterfall
Browns Creek Falls

Directions: From Salida, travel north on U.S. Highway 285 and make a left (west) on Chaffee County Road 270. Take CR 270 all the way toward the mountains, and make a left (south) on Chaffee County Road 272. At this turn, there is a sign for the Browns Creek Trailhead. Take CR 272 a few miles and the Browns Creek Trailhead will be on your right. As always, I recommend carrying a quality topographical map of the region.

Written by Steve Garufi in Buena Vista, Colorado. Facebook - Twitter - Pinterest - YouTube

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June 25, 2011 - Driving west on Chaffee County Road 270 toward the mountains.

Browns Creek Trailhead A sign at the trailhead.

Other pages in this region:
- Raspberry Gulch
- Mt. Antero
- Browns Canyon
- Chalk Cliffs
- Mt. Princeton
- Chaffee County Road 162 (Video)
- Boulder Mountain
- Tincup Pass
- Fitzpatrick Peak

Browns Creek Trail For a few tenths of a mile, the Browns Creek Trail and the Colorado Trail merge. Look carefully at the signs and always double check with your topographical map.

Here's a pretty photo of the trail with some greenery.

Browns Creek Trail, Colorado The trail enters a meadow with a grand view of Jones Peak (elevation 13,569').
Browns Creek, CO Browns Creek Trail Do you like crossing creeks on narrow logs? You'll have some fun crossing these on the Browns Creek Trail! ;)
Browns Creek Falls

Browns Creek Falls

It was tough to capture good photos of the falls due to the lighting. Here are my two best ones.

Lastly, special thanks to "Colorado Keith" in Castle Rock @ColoKeith for the inspiration for today's hike.


Peace and tranquility in the mountains.

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