Thundering waters of Cascade Creek’s falls

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Thundering waters of Cascade Creek’s falls

Now is the time to explore fascinating features
Thomas Ward negotiates the slick and risky passage between a wall of ice and snow and the 70-foot water curtain at Behind The Fall.
The overview for the 150-Foot Fall is six miles up the Cascade Creek Trail. This is the biggest monster in the chain of falls.
Look earnestly for the elusive and dainty fairy slipper (calypso) orchid in moist woodsy soil and dappled light.
At Behind The Falls rejoicing waters leap free from the upper edge of the cliff so hikers may stand behind the catapult.
Begin at the Cascade Flume at 8,880 feet. Walk up Cascade Creek Trail No. 510, staying on the east side of the river. Divert off-trail to the waterfalls. Turn around at the 150-Foot Fall overlook.

Thundering waters of Cascade Creek’s falls

Thomas Ward negotiates the slick and risky passage between a wall of ice and snow and the 70-foot water curtain at Behind The Fall.
The overview for the 150-Foot Fall is six miles up the Cascade Creek Trail. This is the biggest monster in the chain of falls.
Look earnestly for the elusive and dainty fairy slipper (calypso) orchid in moist woodsy soil and dappled light.
At Behind The Falls rejoicing waters leap free from the upper edge of the cliff so hikers may stand behind the catapult.
Begin at the Cascade Flume at 8,880 feet. Walk up Cascade Creek Trail No. 510, staying on the east side of the river. Divert off-trail to the waterfalls. Turn around at the 150-Foot Fall overlook.
Trail basics

Travel: From the U.S. Highway 160/550 intersection in Durango, drive 28½ miles north on U.S. 550. At the apex of the hairpin at the bottom of Coal Bank Pass (south side), turn left. A two-wheel drive vehicle with good clearance should manage the potholes on the dirt road. Turn left into trailhead parking in 0.7 mile just before the road crosses the Cascade Flume. Allow 35 minutes from Durango.


Distance and Elevation Gain: 12½ miles; 2,050 feet of climbing.


Time: 5½ to 7 hours.


Difficulty: Trail, off-trail; navigation moderate; no exposure but keep a careful eye on children and dogs at high flow.


Map: Engineer Mountain, Colorado 7.5 Quad.

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