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“Hike to the top falls - it's worth it! But go early for no crowds.”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Fish Creek Falls

Fish Creek Falls
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Houston, Texas
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162 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Hike to the top falls - it's worth it! But go early for no crowds.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2011

Fish Creek Falls is a beautiful, strenuous hike if you hike up to the upper falls. You can also stick to the lower area, which is great for families. My husband and I hiked up to the upper falls, leaving the trailhead around 9 in the morning. A few pieces of advice - take $5 cash or a check with you as the trail has a parking fee and no change box or ranger station to get change. Second, the falls is a popular hike and gets busier later in the morning. On our way up, we were relatively alone, passing only a few hikers. On the way down, however, the trail was packed. If you enjoy solitary hikes, this one is not for you unless you go early in the morning. Gorgeous hike, though, and well worth it.

Visited August 2011
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Topeka, KS
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“Beautiful location with awe-inspiring falls”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2011

Other than the really crabby lady who was working to take the parking fees at the parking lot, this is one of my favorite locations in Steamboat Springs. Wear good hiking shoes because the path is gravel / dirt and at an incline. Typically, when we hike down to the falls, we kick off our shoes and soak our feet in the river while sitting on the sun-warmed rocks. However, this year, it was very cold and the water levels were so high that there was no way we were going to get wet. It's still a fabulous place for photos, and something I'd recommend.

Visited July 2011
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cary, north carolina
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“Great warm-up hike!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2011

We visit Steamboat every summer and use this as our warm-up hike. I believe the hike is about two miles long to the first falls. The beginning of the trail is probably the most steep and many people become discouraged and turn around. You do need to wear some decent tennis shoes or hikers and carry some water because even though this hike is only four miles round trip you do cover some elevation. The top of the climb becomes rocky and then you turn the corner and you find yourself looking at the falls. People do need to be cautious, because the water does move very swiftly and people have died by being swept away. It's beautiful up there and the trail head is very close to downtown Steamboat.

Visited August 2010
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Denver, Colorado
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“Nice half-day outing...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2011

We visited the falls when the water was running fast and furious (lots of winter runoff, I believe) and that made for a stunning view. It was a hot day. As we got closer to the falls the mist in the air was very cooling. We had three children in tow, one five-year-old and two teenage girls, and they seemed to enjoy the experience. Great picture opportunity! For the more adventurous, you may continue past the falls...although we did not. Hikers returning from the other side said it took about one hour each way to hike beyond. The flora was of particular interest to me and my brother (both avid gardeners), and we saw plants that must be very hardy to survive the alpine setting...from fruit bushes to flowers. An enjoyable experience for us!

Visited July 2011
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Louisville, KY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2011

This hike can please anyone from a youngster to a seasoned hiker. Park in the upper lot if you can. If not, it's a short (1/2 mi?) stroll to the start. It takes no more than 5 minutes to hike to the first falls. There is a bridge offering great views. Light hiking shoes would be perfect for the rest of the hike. It was a bit muddy up by the second bridge. It takes about an hour to hike to the second bridge/falls. Parts are somewhat steep but not difficult at all. The path is very well marked and well traveled. The view of the falls up top was stunning and so very well worth the trek. Bring a snack to eat at the bridge. From there, I tried to make it to the lake (5mi) but after another mile or so there was snow on the path and I elected to turn around. The trek down took about 30-40 minutes-stopping to take photos. Have fun!

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