Monday, November 23, 2015

Fish Creek Falls, Steamboat Springs

Wouldn't you like to hike up a winding trail through beautiful aspens groves to see a majestic 283-foot waterfall in a wilderness area of Colorado?  A place like this, that is very accessible for all to see, is Fish Creek Falls just five miles east of Steamboat Springs, in the Routt National Forest.  (All photos, and photo collages, in this post, will enlarge for easier viewing if clicked on)

There are several hiking trails from the parking lot at the end of Fish Creek Falls Road ($5 a day parking fee, at this writing, for an all-day vehicle pass).  One trail is an easy 1/4 mile (400m) and ends at a viewing station where the entirety of the falls can be seen. Another trail goes straight down into the U shaped valley that was formed by glaciers during the Ice Age.

Click on to enlarge to see the trail map.

Along the scenic overlook trail, there were many interesting placards to read.

Click on the photo collage above to enlarge it to see the info on the other placards.  They give information about the importance of water to the ecological balance of Colorado and its wildlife and trees. Snowmelt makes up the bulk of water in our state, and that water also feeds into many other states' water supplies.  The average US household uses over 600 gallons of water a day! Conserving water is important everywhere, as our population grows worldwide.  Fish Creek drainage is one of the highest producers of water in the state of Colorado.

Our first view of the Fish Creek Falls!  We visited in early October, so the stream of water going over was not as great as it would have been with the spring snowmelt time, as the Steamboat area receives over 300 inches of snow throughout the winter. It also increases flow after a summer afternoon thunderstorm.

Even though they were not at peak flow, the falls were still impressive!

Can you see the man at the upper left corner of the falls?  He is taking their photo from a  precarious ledge near the falls. This perspective shows the height and size of the falls.

He sat by the falls for some time and I was very relieved when he climbed back on top to safety.  I would not recommend anyone doing this.  I'm sure it is not allowed and that it can be very dangerous!  

If you'd like to listen to the sound the upper Fish Creek Falls made please click on this direct link to a short video I made on my Mille Fiori Favoriti Facebook page.

A close up at the bottom half of Fish Creek Falls...

.... and the lowest section roaring over the large boulders on the bottom.

People were also exploring the bottom of the falls. I don't think the water is very deep, but I'm sure those boulders could be slippery!

My husband and I did a loop trail that leads to the bottom of the falls and along the way, we saw a placard that described the history of the falls and their importance to Steamboat and many other watersheds. Please click on the collage to read this info.

My husband and I looked at the falls in this area, from a historic bridge that crosses over the creek.  It was first built in 1927 and replaced in 1988.  If you'd like to listen to the sound of the roaring waterfalls at this point click on this direct link to that video on my Mille Fiori Favoriti Facebook link

The trails along Fish Creek reflect the Riparian zone and are full of lush foliage--ferns, shrubs, berries, scrub oak, pine and aspen trees.

Even though peak autumn color was past prime at the time of our visit, we still saw some beautiful colors and I had fun photographing much of it....... you can see by this photo mosaic!

It was almost the end of autumn in NW Colorado, and soon the snow would be falling, making the Steamboat Springs ski areas come alive!

Back home in our area, SW of Denver, we've already had snow a few times!  It doesn't last on the ground very long in our altitude of 6,000 feet. The sun comes out and most of the snow melts quickly, as the day time temperature goes into the 50's and 60's We've also been walking a new trail that was made by our community's trail club near our home. It leads up towards the foothills and gives us a good workout!

This is Thanksgiving week in the US, and I know many of my readers will be busy cooking, traveling and celebrating. Enjoy and be safe! This year, we gather together with our families and friends to give thanks for all our blessings, let us also say a prayer for peace for this turbulent world!  

Have a very Happy Thanksgiving!!

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Anonymous said...

Fabulous nature and what a great hike!

TexWisGirl said...

truly beautiful. love the trickling falls.

SmilingSally said...

Hi Pat,

Colorado should hire you as a publicist. It is a gorgeous place to live; my grandson lives in Fort Collins.

As for hiking, I cannot any longer, but truthfully, I never did anything outdoorsy. However, I certainly enjoy your reports and photos.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving and a Happy Blue Monday!

Linda Kay said...

Pat, I love the pictures of the falls, but you need to make a video so we can hear the water! We can just use our imagination, right?

eileeninmd said...

Hello Pat, the view of the waterfalls is pretty. What a nice area to hike. My hubby like to climb around the waterfall, he makes me nervous too. Lovely collection of images.

Have a happy week ahead. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

Linda W. said...

That's an impressive waterfall! I don't think I'd venture as close as the one man in your photo. I will be skiing in Steamboat in late January, so maybe I'll have to check this out.

Donna said...

Yes i would love to hike up an winding trail through beautiful aspens groves and see those beautiful sights of the new trail in the foothills.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Linda said...

Warm greetings from Montreal, Canada and Happy Thanksgiving to you. I love all your photos, and I also love the way you are displaying them. Beautiful!

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

So beautiful!

Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!

Rajesh said...

Beautiful place. There is lot to see here.

A Bit of the Blarney said...

Yes, I think I would like to hike this. Have they had snow in Steamboat yet? Won't be long before the skiers will be there if not already! Happy Thanksgiving!

Jeanne said...

Hi Pat, The falls is really wonderful. We live where there are many falls but not as tall as this one. Love the photos of the area. I have always been afraid of slipper rocks around any falls.

One of our favorite places to ski was Steamboat Springs. I sure do miss skiing. Hiking too as we have stopped hiking now. However, we go on many wonderful trips and love life here in the Smokey Mountains.

Wishing you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving.


joyh82 said...

Beautiful scenery! I love the falls.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving :)
Joy @ Books and Life

Barb said...

Pat, my son and his family love to camp near Steamboat. It's a beautiful area. I especially love the mosaic of leaves and berries. The man sitting next to the falls was inviting a mishap! Happy Thanksgiving to you, Vinnie, and Family!

ellen b. said...

Another great hike and views Pat! A very Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

A Colorful World said...

Oh what a gorgeous place! The falls are just beautiful! How frightening to see the man sitting right beside it so far up! Stunning photos!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Your photos are always amazing! And what a spectacular place to go. I think I'll start making a list of places to visit when we travel out West. I want to plan a trip for next year but probably in the late summer. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. Hugs, Diane

podso said...

It's nice to see those beautiful aspens … and a nice fall collage. Wishing you a happy Thanksgiving.

LV said...

I have seen a lot of Colorado and love it all. However, do recall ever seeing this area. Fell as tho I was there with you from your presentation.

Pat F. said...

Thank you for allowing us to experience all that beauty that is found in your wonderful state! I always look forward to your posts especially when they involve the gorgeous nature of Colorado! The waterfalls are breath-taking and I enjoyed listening to the power of the falls. Colorado will always be one of my absolute favorite states to enjoy Mother Nature at her finest! Thank you again! :)

Gracie said...

That's really a charming place to visit! I like every place where there's water, I find it so relaxing...

Lisa @ Grandmas Briefs said...

Beautiful photos, Pat. My youngest daughter and her photographer boyfriend (Denver residents) plan to move to Steamboat Springs in the next two years. Such a lovely place!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Those are some impressive falls. I can't believe that guy getting so close.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

I've come along on many hikes in Colorado through your blog Pat and every one is spectacular. I'd love to be there in person to enjoy the scenery.

Unknown said...

Hi, Pat! Thank you for such an amazing share! It's fantastic. I'm so happy for you and even a but envious, because I can't hike, especially in the mountains or dangerous places. My doctor told me not to go in for very hazardous sports. I frequently have a backache.
Sincerely, Claudia
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