Agnes Vaille Falls Trail

Area Status: Not Cleared

Agnes Vaille Falls


This trail is located in the Chalk Creek canyon, home to Mt. Princeton, Mt. Antero, the historic townsite of St. Elmo and numerous four-wheel drive roads.  The trail ends at Agnes Vaille Falls, a small waterfall that cascades from a rocky shelf below Mt. Princeton (14,197 feet). The trail is short and considered relatively easy for most hikers. Interpretive signs detailing the history of the falls and nearby mountain peaks and views of the historic Denver, South Park and Pacific railroad grade.

The trailhead is located directly across from Chalk Lake campground. Parking is available for about 12 vehicles.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Trail will be rerouted due to rock slide danger. Use extreme caution if hiking to the falls until the reroute is completed.
Operational Hours: CLOSED to ensure public health and safety after a large rockslide event.
Rentals & Guides: No rentals or outfitter guides services available.
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site
Fees No fee
Permit Info: No permit required.
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: Easy  
Closest Towns: Nathrop or Buena Vista, Colorado
Water: Potable water at Chalk Lake campground.
Restroom: Chalk Lake campground
Passes: No passes required.
Operated By: US Forest Service

General Information

Directions: From Nathrop, (Highway 285), travel west on County Road 162 from approximately 6 miles. The trailhead is located on the north side of CR 162 just across from Chalk Lake campground.

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Interpretive Site A series of interpretive signs are located along the trail to the falls.
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  Area/Length : 
.5 Mile

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  Elevation : 
8720 Feet - 9000 feet