A Serene Journey: Hiking Crow Creek Trail to Hidden Falls in Autumn

January 20, 2024
Crow Creek Trail in Curt Gowdy State Park, Wyoming

We took this hike at the beginning of Autumn in 2020 as the vibrant tapestry of fall colors draped over Curt Gowdy State Park in Wyoming. A hike along the Crow Creek trail to the usually elusive Hidden Falls became a journey of serene beauty, especially with the waterfall is at rest.

The Tranquil Beauty of a Silent Waterfall

Hidden Falls, a gem in the heart of Curt Gowdy State Park, is often a spectacle of rushing water cascading over rugged rocks. However, during certain times of the year, particularly in autumn, this waterfall may slow to a trickle or even pause, offering a unique experience. The absence of the waterfall’s roar creates a peaceful ambiance, allowing hikers to fully immerse themselves in the natural sounds of the surrounding forest.

The trail to Hidden Falls is especially enchanting in the fall. As the leaves change, the landscape transforms into a vibrant display of oranges, reds, and yellows. The aspens and cottonwoods, in particular, put on a stunning show. The crisp autumn air and the soft rustling of leaves underfoot add to the charm of the hike.

The Crow Creek Trail Experience

The journey begins with the Crow Creek trail, a moderately challenging route that winds through diverse terrain. The trail is well-marked and offers a blend of uphill and downhill segments, with occasional flat areas providing a respite and an opportunity to admire the scenery. Along the way, hikers are treated to a variety of landscapes, from dense forest areas to open meadows, each offering its own unique view of the fall foliage.

Crow Creek Trail in Curt Gowdy State Park, Wyoming

Reaching Hidden Falls

As you approach the location of Hidden Falls, the anticipation builds. During times when the waterfall is not running, the creek bed reveals interesting rock formations and perhaps a few small pools of water, reflecting the sky and the surrounding foliage. The rocky area around the waterfall provides a great spot for a rest and a picnic, surrounded by the tranquility of nature.

Hidden Falls area in Curt Gowdy State Park, Wyoming

Hidden Falls in Curt Gowdy State Park, Wyoming

Preparation and Tips

If you’re planning on making the trek through Gurt Gowdy State Park, make sure to follow these tips:

  • Check Trail Conditions: Before setting out, it’s wise to check the trail conditions, especially in the fall when weather can be unpredictable.
  • Wear Proper Gear: Good hiking boots and layers of clothing will ensure comfort throughout the hike.
  • Stay Hydrated: Even though the temperature may be cooler, staying hydrated is essential.
  • Leave No Trace: Remember to pack out what you pack in, keeping the park pristine for others to enjoy.

A Hike to Remember

The hike to Hidden Falls along the Crow Creek trail in the fall is not just a physical journey, but a journey through a changing landscape, rich in color and life. It’s a perfect time to experience the quieter side of nature, to reflect, and to appreciate the subtle yet profound beauty of Curt Gowdy State Park.

Whether you’re an avid hiker or a casual nature lover, this trail offers an opportunity to connect with nature in a unique and memorable way. So lace up your hiking boots, grab your camera, and embark on this serene autumn adventure.