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Browns Creek Trail #1429



6.4 mile 10.3 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 2,388' 728 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 11,309' 3,447 m
Low: 8,922' 2,719 m


Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 38% (21°)


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Hike along Browns Creek, past a waterfall, and to a lake.

Ryan Overton

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

No camping allowed at trailhead. No motorized vehicles. Fire restrictions are very common in this area.


Brown's Lake Trail is a moderately trafficked out-and-back trail located near Nathrop, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September. Overall, it is a pleasant hike to a beautiful waterfall.

This is a very fun trail to a spectacular waterfall. The hike has plenty of variety that will keep your interest including meadows, pine, and aspen forest. You'll be treated to many views of Mt Antero, and even get to test your balance by crossing Browns Creek via small log bridges.

The usage of the trail is moderate. You should expect to see 5-10 people on your hike.

The trail gains approximately 2400 ft in elevation.

Parts of the trail are sandy or have loose rock, so be prepared to get dusty, and you'll likely waste some energy on the soft ground.

In 2019 a microburst flooded the valley and the beaver dam burst. Brown's Lake is now just Brown's Creek. What had been a shallow, but beautiful lake is gone. We will see if the beavers choose to rebuild.

Flora & Fauna

You'll encounter meadows, pine, and aspen forest. You'll be treated to many views of Mt. Antero, and even get to test your balance by crossing Browns Creek via small log bridges.


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Sep 1, 2019
Sang Lintakoon
labor day wknd hike with chris and christie. rested at waterfall for an hour before coming back down. 6.4mi — 2h 30m
Aug 10, 2019
Chad Haven
Out to waterfall and back, hammock nap, gorgeous, Jackie's hip sore, pregnant!
Jul 9, 2019
Rob Hurst
Jul 6, 2019
Brent Wiescamp
Just to the falls and back this time. Just moved to the area from a lower altitude and still acclimating. Great first hike and one I will return to. 6mi — 3h 30m
Jul 5, 2019
Andrew Marsh
Hike to the waterfall climbs rapidly at first then levels out. Water is flowing very fast at the moment. 6.4mi — 4h 27m
Jun 24, 2019
Jeff Weathers
Jun 22, 2019
Mike Ricci
Jun 19, 2019
Claire Milligan
3mi — 2h 00m

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At about 6 miles roundtrip, Browns Creek Falls is a great destination if you don't want to go all the way to the lake.
Jun 22, 2017 near Alpine , CO
The wildflowers are in full bloom and incredible all along the trail.
Jul 6, 2019 near Alpine , CO
An informative sign marks the route to Browns Lake and the waterfall.
Jun 2, 2017 near Alpine , CO
Spring runoff makes Browns Creek Falls even more spectacular!
Jun 22, 2017 near Alpine , CO
Lake at destination
Jul 21, 2018 near Alpine , CO
The falls are mostly frozen.
Jan 14, 2018 near Alpine , CO