Fish Creek Falls
Fish Creek Falls
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  • RandyRoss
    Ridgetown, Canada11,629 contributions
    Nice hike to falls
    This is a beautiful walk on a short (but steep) trail to see this very nice waterfall. My wife has a bad knee, so opted to stay in the car (parked in the shade) for the about 20 minutes that it took me to walk down to the falls, take a few photos and hike back up. I enjoyed the short walk and the views. The 5 mile hike and 2,400 foot elevation gain to Long Lake would be quite another matter. Fish Creek Falls is a very short drive from Steamboat Springs and the entrance fee of $5.00 is reasonable (free for us with a National Park Pass).
    Written August 7, 2022
  • chostetler
    Palm Harbor, Florida89 contributions
    Beautiful
    This is an easy “hike” to do with young kids. The waterfalls are beautiful. We went at the end of spring so I’m sure the snow melting made it even more powerful! The trail continues after the waterfall for more experienced hikers, but the main falls are easy to do no matter your group.
    Traveled with family
    Written June 2, 2022
  • Marie L
    San Antonio, Texas22 contributions
    Beautiful
    $5 honor system parking and hard to beat free gorgeous views, nice amenities, steep climb in winter so recommend snow boots or climbing shoes or snow shoes to avoid falls. I would not recommend to older folks not steady on their feet. Remember the Beautiful falls will be frozen in winter! Lots of good photo opportunities!
    Traveled with family
    Written January 4, 2021
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Ashd0307
Asheville, NC161 contributions
Jan 2023
A must if you love to snowshoe! We parked at the base of the falls in the parking area and paid the required $5 pass through a QR code that is located on the maps of trails in the parking lot (near the bathrooms that are open for your use). There are several trails. Some are short 1/4 mile and some are long all the way to the top of the falls. The trails are open to snowshoes, nordic, and walkers however the trail to the top will require snowshoes for easier access. It is a 'moderate trail' with many inclines for a great cardio workout. The trails were narrow but well-groomed. The views are spectacular and photo opportunities all along the way. The falls were not completely frozen- which was fun to see the water pouring off the mountain as it was snowing and below 20 degrees this day. Highly recommend this trail!
Written January 18, 2023
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ron S
Alamosa, CO631 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
Natures Beauty that requires a short walk. This is a park service location. There is a 5 dollar parking entrance fee. If you have a senior park card your free. Its well worth the stop. I would recommend going early as the upper lot fills up quickly and the lower lot and road parking soon follow.
Written July 6, 2021
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Sharon S
Meade, KS96 contributions
Jul 2021
This waterfall is a great place to visit if you are wanting to get out in nature and take some beautiful photos. If you are not wanting to walk a long way from the upper parking lot, go after lunch. Most of the hikers go in the morning and it's much more crowded then. The quarter-mile trail to the bottom is just enough to get your heart pumping on the way back up. There were several chipmunks scurrying around, and a restroom right at the parking lot.
Written July 14, 2021
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Jeff G
Waterloo, IA661 contributions
May 2021 • Solo

Wonderful hiking trail when conditions are fine. Hiked here at least three times, twice had to turn back due to extreme weather conditions. This time was no exception.
Had light snow overnight and partly sunny during part of my early May hike. Easy going to falls/bridge, but then mostly snow covered in many parts. I was expecting that. Soon saw bear tracks that were from little earlier heading towards the water, houses. Sense there wasn't anyone else in the lot I figured I was the only one on trail at 9a.m. on this weekday. So I had a bell with me and got it on my pack. Never saw bear or more prints.

There were an abundance of short little yellow flowers budding on the trail. Snow was melting and dripping off the pines. I could see low clouds ahead and guessed the sun would be lost. It was fine, sun was warming me as high climbed higher anyway. My plan was to make it to the lake. However the closer I got to low clouds it got colder and snow pellets were falling. I relaxed along a rock overhang only seeing it get worse. I added my coat, gloves and face covering and readied my poles and retreated in a snowstorm to my now 1.5" snow covered car!

Hope next time better! And no storms.
Written May 18, 2021
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Joann
South Padre Island, TX3 contributions
Sep 2022
IF you are looking to see a spectacular falls that is a very short hike, try Fish Creek Falls. It is a downhill hike to the Falls but only 1/4 mile from the parking lot. Use your Senior National Parks Pass to avoid the $5 entry fee.
Written September 16, 2022
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Heather M
Seminole, OK39 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
Fish creek falls is nice and so close to town, with a nice little drive up to it. The paved walk to the overlook is very easy for all ages and offers a good photo spot. The slightly longer picnic trail takes you to a bridge closer to the falls; it’s steeper but smooth. Then if you can, hike to the upper falls, about 2 1/2 miles up the “long lake” trail. It’s rocky and moderately difficult but very rewarding.
Written October 23, 2020
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Nickie W
Colorado Springs, CO151 contributions
Jun 2020
This is a great hike near Steamboat! There is an "overlook path" that is paved that is suitable for wheelchairs or strollers, Then a separate path that goes to the bridge at the lower falls (great views) which is ~1/2 mile max. Then the path becomes a trail and continues a couple more miles to the upper falls. These are not quite as large, but great hike with views back to Steamboat. Recommend starting early as the parking lot will fill up (only ~4-5 miles from Steamboat, so it's popular). We got a spot around 9am, but it was filling fast at that point. The trail was busy for Father's Day 2020, but not crazy. Highly recommend this hike.
Written June 24, 2020
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115Pete_F
Maplewood, MN251 contributions
Mar 2022
Relatively easy shorter trail to upper overlook and lower falls on packed snow. Take the picnic trail to get to the base of the falls. The snow at the base looks like something Dr. Seuss would draw.
Written March 12, 2022
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Jennifer J
United States220 contributions
May 2021 • Couples
This is a beautiful though crowded area. There's much misinformation about how long the hike is. You could actually take a wheelchair or someone disabled take the path that is paved to the overlook or you can do the gravel path down to the lower portion which is under a mile. If you want to hike further there are other trails in the area or you can go past the falls to the top. I believe there's a Lake on the other side. We didn't go that far. It was very crowded. Lots of families so it's not necessarily a place to find solitude. It is a paid parking area and there is limited parking so you may have to do like us and park along the roadside. Multiple other trails are off of this area as well. Could definitely spend the whole day there. Dog friendly Trail.
Written June 5, 2021
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Ilene M
Mount Juliet, TN67 contributions
Aug 2021
We went there twice! The first time we went a little to late and parking was difficult. We walked to the overlook (very easy) and then left as we had other things to do. We went back early in the morning and parking was a breeze! We pretty much had the trail to ourselves, and this time we took the hike that leads to the old bridge at the base of the waterfall. Its really pretty! The path is narrow at times with steep drop-off so if you have little ones with you keep them close. We are a senior couple and had no issues with the hike.
Written September 1, 2021
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