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Browns Creek Trail, CO

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 6.28 miles
Trailhead Elevation 8,915 feet
Elevation Gain 2,365 feet
Accumulated Gain 2,559 feet
Avg Time One Way 2-3 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 14.81
Interest Perennial Waterfall & Perennial Creek
Backpack Yes & Connecting
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Author friendofThundergod
author avatar Guides 28
Routes 314
Photos 9,133
Trips 868 map ( 9,284 miles )
Age 39 Male Gender
Location AZ
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Preferred   Jul, Aug, Jun, Sep → 7 AM
Seasons   ALL
Sun  6:23am - 5:14pm
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by friendofThundergod

Browns Creek Trail is a well maintained and popular trail that is highlighted by a waterfall and lake at its ending point. The trail intersects with the Colorado Trail and connects to Little Brown's Creek trail opening up opportunities for backpacking or summits of Mt. Antero. The trail to the falls is very popular and can be crowded even on weekdays. There are several opportunities for dispersed camping in the area and near the trailhead, as well as several campsites located along the trail after the first 1.5 miles.

You are not likely to find solitude on this trail.
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Browns Creek Trail is well maintained and easy to follow. However, the trail spends more time high above the creek, or far from the creek on a bench than it does next to the perennial creek. The trail is a gentle climb from the start to the falls area and then a slightly steeper climb to the lake. Follow the well-signed trail to the waterfall at three miles, or continue on to Browns Lake, which is an additional three more miles and approximately 1500 more feet of elevation gained. Return the same way you came, or utilize the Colorado Trail and Wagon Wheel Loop Trail to return to TH.

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2016-07-25 friendofThundergod

    One-Way Notice
    This hike is listed as One-Way.

    When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Map Drive
    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To hike
    From Highway 285, midway between Poncha Springs and Buena Vista, take County Road 270 west for approximately 1.5 miles to a 4-way intersection. From the yield sign, continue traveling west. The road continues as Forest Road 272. Stay on FR 272 for about 2 miles. A sign at the cattle guard will indicate you entrance onto Nation Forest lands. Continue traveling west from the boundary sign for 2 miles. At the intersection, turn left and travel south for 1.5 miles to the trailhead.
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