Directions: The trailhead is located within the Silver Thread Campground along Hwy 149 west of Creede, Colorado. Upon entering the campground follow the signs for the Falls Trail to the day use parking area.
South Clear Creek Falls is one of the most impressive waterfalls in Colorado. While not quite as tall as Bridal Veil Falls (Colorado's tallest waterfall) or neighboring North Clear Creek Falls, it is a powerful waterfall and the trail allows you get up close and personal with it. The waterfall is also not very well known so you have a good chance of having the site all to yourself.
The short hike (1/2 mile roundtrip) starts in the Silver Thread Campground in an aspen grove. The trail then switchbacks down towering cliffs surrounding a forested bowl to a viewpoint with a metal railing. There is also a trail that leads down to the base of the falls and to South Clear Creek.
South Clear Creek Fall is tucked away in a quiet corner of Colorado and is overlooked by most visitors. The easy access and easy trail makes this a great option for kids and adults alike. An easy way to experience the power and majesty of one of Colorado's most valuable resources...
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South Clear Creek Falls
Rio Grande National Forest
Date Hiked: July 28, 2019
Distance: .5 mi (RT)
Elevation Gain: 200 ft
Elevation Min/Max: 9,545 to 9,716 ft
Trailhead Lat/Long: 37º 49' 36" N; 107º 09' 21" W
Managing Agency: U.S. Forest Service