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Browns Creek Trail #1429



6.4 mile 10.3 kilometer point to point
86% Runnable


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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Run 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 run to a beautiful waterfall.

This is a very fun trail to a spectacular waterfall. The run 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 run.

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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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


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