Pets allowed
Allowed
Elevation Gain
?
Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
5.00 mi (8.05 km)
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One of the many day hikes near Creede, trail to the Phoenix Waterfall is a nice retreat during the summer months. From East Willow Creek Road, the trailhead starts at the first switchback before the road starts gaining elevation. The trail begins via a four-wheel drive access road VW2. 

The trail meanders through a thick grove of quaking aspens along the East Willow Creek heading north.  The trail gradually ascends up the valley where it clears to a large open meadow at the base of the La Garita Mountains. There are several creek crossings along the route, so keeping your boots dry becomes a challenge if you are not using the makeshift log crossings. Along the way you'll see beautiful wildflowers if you hike in the summer, and an old mining cabin is worth a peek. The last 300 feet up toward the waterfall are steep and rocky, but the cool mist is a nice reward after a hot summer hike. Views of the valley below are accessible via the base of the waterfall. Round trip this hike is an easy 5 miles.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

Not Required

Pros

Beautiful views. Low traffic.

Cons

None.

Trailhead Elevation

8,850.00 ft (2,697.48 m)

Net Elevation Gain

600.00 ft (182.88 m)

Features

Historically significant
Waterfalls
Wildflowers
Geologically significant

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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