Mesa Cortina Trail/South Willow Falls Trails #32 &


This trail enters the Eagles Nest Wilderness where it winds through aspen groves and crosses open meadows where you have great views of the Williams Fork Range, Dillon Reservoir and the entire Blue River Valley. The meadows offer great opportunities for viewing wildflowers during mid-July. Eventually the trail climbs up a gorge between Buffalo Mountain and Red Peak. South Willow Falls is a cascade that tumbles over the rocks of South Willow Creek.

At a Glance

Usage: Medium
Restrictions: Open to Hike/Horse Only. The trail enters the Eagles Nest Wilderness Area.
Closest Towns: Silverthorne, CO
Information Center: Dillon Ranger District; 680 Blue River Parkway, Silverthorne, CO



General Information

Directions: From I-70 take Exit 205, Silverthorne/Dillon, and travel north on HWY 9 to the first traffic light at the intersection of Rainbow Drive / Wildernest Road. Turn left onto Wildernest Road / Ryan Gulch Rd. After crossing the Blue River, turn right onto Adams Ave. and then immediately turn left onto Royal Buffalo Drive. After 0.8 miles, turn right onto Lakeview Drive and then left onto Aspen Drive. Continue 0.2 miles and there will be a pull thru parking lot on the right-hand side of the road.



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  Area/Length : 
2.7 miles one-way to the Gore Range Trail (FDT 60)4.2 miles one-way to the South Willow Falls

  Elevation : 
9,217 ft. - 10,007 ft.