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2016-07-19  
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Browns Creek TrailSouth Central, CO
South Central, CO
Hiking avatar Jul 19 2016
friendofThundergod
Hiking12.80 Miles 2,563 AEG
Hiking12.80 Miles   6 Hrs   49 Mns   2.16 mph
2,563 ft AEG      53 Mns Break
 
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This was our first hike and second day of our car camping trip in Colorado following my thru-hike of the first half of the trail. I thought it would make a perfect warm up hike for Jackie and the dogs and a perfect cool down hike for me. Both proved to be true.

I had hiked this general area when I passed through on the CT and although the scenery is not overly impressive, several day hikers commented to me that the falls were worth the 1.5 mile detour to see. However, that was during a 20 plus mile, 4000 feet day and nothing was worth the detour to see at that moment for me. Nevertheless, hearing about the falls did give me a good idea for our first hike after I left the CT.

The trail is in great shape and as stated in description its popular and busy. In particular, it is popular among large school groups, scouts, equestrians and large families in econo-size rental vans. As one might guess, the trail was very busy when we did it. Almost unbelievable for a weekday. We kept joking that we can never escape kids even when we are off for the summer. Literally, three different bus loads of kids from volleyball camps and local schools. Luckily, they were all pretty slow hikers and we hit the falls before the rush and quickly moved up trail to the lake when we started to hear the collective roar of 30 kids.

The lake did have solitude and was pretty scenic. It was dammed at one end, but I am pretty sure the lake is not just the work of beavers. There are some great views once you reach the lake and a nice campsite at one end that seems to be used often. It was kind of cool looking up the other side of Shavano the 14er I had bagged the day before.

The trip back was quick as one would expect and we shook it up a little by looping back to the trailhead via the Wagon Wheel Loop.

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