Horsetooth Falls Out and Back
ElevationAscent: 378' 115 m
Descent: -379' -116 m
High: 5,894' 1,796 m
Low: 5,727' 1,746 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 19% (11°)
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“This short route is the perfect way to spend time in the park and leads to a scenic waterfall.”— Mikhaila Redovian
Begin your journey by looking for signage for the Horsetooth Rock Trail. This trail can be found at the northeastern side of the parking lot, and will head northeast. You'll only be on this trail for a short while before the Horsetooth Falls Trail branches off to the east at a switchback. Take this trail to work your way out to the falls.
Along the Horsetooth Falls Trail, you'll enjoy a gentle downward slope, making the route to the falls easy and fast. The mile-long trail will wind through the high prairie at first, but will eventually make its way along a creek drainage. Enjoy the lush grasses through this section!
Near the approach to the Horsetooth Falls Spur, you'll descend into the Spring Creek Canyon, which is a novelty for runners of all ages. The canyon walls rise on both sides of the trail, providing interesting geologic features and pleasant shade in the summer months. Soon enough, take the spur trail that heads west to the waterfall to complete the outward bound trip.
Especially in the spring, the delicate falls are a lovely sight! Though the water doesn't thunder over the precipice, the gentle sound of the falls are a soothing treat. Even if the creek that feeds the fall is but a trickle, the pool at the bottom is still scenic.
Once you've enjoyed your time at the falls, you can head back the way you came. Visitors looking for a longer adventure can take the Spring Creek Trail to create a longer loop.
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