Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Elevation Gain
1,007.00 ft (306.93 m)
Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
6.00 mi (9.66 km)
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Fourmile Stock Trail to Fourmile Falls is a breathtaking 6.0-mile out-and-back hike that is moderate to strenuous with a slow and gradual net elevation gain of 1,100 feet. Located north of Pagosa Springs in the San Juan National Forest, this amazing trail takes you through elevated forests, open meadows, creek crossings, and misted waterfall basins. Fourmile Stock Trail is best viewed and accessed from May through October. With snow melts in early summer, these two giant neighboring waterfalls run heavily into Fourmile Creek. Later in the summer season, in late July and early August, wildflowers flourish throughout the valley. 

Accessing the trailhead is another adventure itself. From Pagosa Springs, drive 13 miles north from town on CR-400 4 Mile Road, which turns onto CR-645, untill you reach the trailhead parking lots. The first lot is a large open space with a bathroom, and the second lot is only a 100 yards up the road. Both have signage to the Fourmile Stock Trail. The gravel drive does not require high-clearance or four-wheel drive. However, heavy rain or snow will make road conditions difficult for cars. For road and trail conditions, check in at the San Juan National Forest Center in downtown Pagosa Springs.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

General Day Use Fee

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Amazing hike to two giant waterfalls.

Cons

30-40 minute gravel drive to trailhead.

Trailhead Elevation

9,220.00 ft (2,810.26 m)

Highest point

10,300.00 ft (3,139.44 m)

Net Elevation Gain

1,100.00 ft (335.28 m)

Features

Near lake or river
Vault toilet
Waterfalls
Wildlife
Wildflowers
Horseback riding

Typically multi-day

No

Suitable for

Horseback

Permit required

Yes

Permit self-issue on site

No

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Adventures

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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