Hike to South Willow Falls

Colorado Willowbrook Trailhead

Added by Jennifer Broome

  • Distance: 5 miles roundtrip
  • Hidden gem in Silverthorne, CO
  • Water crossings, fields of wildflowers, and a waterfall
  • Fairly easy hike
  • Plenty to see along the trail
  • Family friendly, great for kids

Start at the Willowbrook Trailhead. You’ll hit a “Y” in the trail pretty quickly - go left and you’ll soon be at the first log bridge. There are quite a few water crossings on the trail, but they are easy to maneuver.

After hiking in the Willow Creek Open Space for a bit, you’ll enter Eagle’s Nest Wilderness and cross two more bridges as you head deeper into the forest. After a couple of gentle inclines, the trail flats out as you head into a meadow. It's wildflower wonderland in the meadow, with an incredible view of Buffalo Mountain.

After the meadow there is a gradual incline that passes a boulder field, a giant rock, and a small pond surrounded by ferns, that looks just like a fairy pond.

It’s only about 15 minutes from the pond to the falls. You can hike up the side of the falls for a close up view, or enjoy some time relaxing on the rocks below the falls. South Willow Falls is a tiered cascade tucked away in a thick pine forest. The upper falls plunge into a shallow pool and the lower part of the falls drops through a granite chute. It’s a great spot for lunch with a view.

Getting there: The Willowbook Trailhead is in the Wildernest subdivision of Silverthorne. The subdivision is north of I-70 and west of Highway 9.

If you want additional mileage, you can start from the Mesa Cortina Trailhead (8.7 miles roundtrip).

Pack List

  • Water
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Snacks and/or lunch
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Hiking or comfortable shoes
  • Camera
  • Leash if hiking with dog
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Summer, Autumn



Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Picnic Area

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about 1 month ago

Serene & Secluded

We LOVED this hike. Great variety, few hikers along the way, quiet & just perfect!

about 1 month ago

3 months ago

Great Hike!

Great hike and accurately described!

3 months ago

Added by Jennifer Broome

I'm the traveling weather chick. I'm a television meteorologist, host and reporter based in Denver. I'm a weather expert and travel expert. I'm also a travel writer. I love travel, weather, adventure, outdoors, food, wine, fitness, hiking, skiing, and yoga.

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