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5.6 mile 9.0 kilometer out and back
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Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,046' 319 m
Descent: -1,046' -319 m
High: 5,940' 1,811 m
Low: 5,360' 1,634 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 26% (14°)

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A trail running along a scenic creek to a beautiful waterfall.

Dylan Graves

Features Birding · River/Creek · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Road to the trailhead is closed in winter (typically until mid-May).

Overview

This route is a pretty easy hike, with some moderate elevation gain at spots. It is located in the Crow Creek drainage for the first half, and then rises onto a ridgeline until you get to the waterfall, where it snakes down to the bottom of the falls. Great views of the Elkhorn Mountains and the Crow Creek valley.

Camping can be had at many spots along the trail.

Description

The Crow Creek Falls Trail (otherwise known as Trail #109) is an out and back hike that leads you along Crow Creek to a relatively large, scenic waterfall. It starts off descending to the creek. After about half a mile, there is a small bridge that you use to cross over Crow Creek; the trail follows along the creek for the next mile or so. There are a few sections where there might be a risk of rockfall, and you can see that several spots along the trail have been wiped out because of small slides. They are easy to navigate, but it is something to be aware of.

After this, rise up from the valley floor to a ridgeline, which leads you through meadows and coniferous forests to the falls. There are a few small water crossings, but you shouldn't get your feet wet, even at high water.

On the way out, there are two relatively steep but short climbs. The first occurs about 1.5 miles in, and the next about a mile after that. The trail descends rather sharply to the waterfall just after mile 3. The hills can be a bit quad-burning, but they just make the ~6-mile round trip hike all the more worth it!

The trail ends at the falls, but for a longer hike, there is a junction with trail #112 near the falls that takes you deeper into the Elkhorn mountains.

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Aug 24, 2018
Matt Nelsen
6mi
May 17, 2015
Dylan Graves
Friend and I hiked it on a cloudy May day with a bit of snow in the air. It was a wonderful hike.

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