Upper Fish Creek Falls Hike

Hike number two in the VisitSteamboat.com Fall Hiking Series is only a few miles up the road from the heart of downtown Steamboat. The iconic Fish Creek Falls hike is fantastic! But don’t be fooled—it’s not the quarter mile walk down to the falls that I am talking about! No no, that would of course be too easy. And although you still would see some gorgeous fall foliage, the hike to Upper Fish Creek Falls is really what I really wanted to share with you.

This intermediate level hike is a great option for those who want to see the colors but don’t want a full day excursion out in North Routt. It’s about two and a half miles one-way up to the Upper Falls. Your final elevation? 9,000 feet above sea level. Not too shabby for a days work! The trail is pet-friendly, and there is an entrance fee of $5.


Head west on Highway 40 into downtown Steamboat. Take a right onto 3rd street, and another right onto Fish Creek Falls Road. Follow that for about 3 miles and you will see the pay station at the parking entrance.

What to Know

This trail is well forested, so it will be shady. The fall season can be chillier, and especially in the trees so pack a few extra layers. Also, please be careful if approaching the water anywhere along the trail and keep a close eye on pets or children who might be inclined to explore.


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PC: Duncan Lang