Cascade Creek Trail

Also see Agnes Vaille Falls

Length of Hike: 1 mile RT

Difficulty: Easy

Chalk Creek meanders West to East 27 miles from the Continental Divide to the Arkansas River, passing through our beautiful Chalk Creek Canyon. This easy and beautiful trail sits just under the Chalk Cliffs, which proudly tower over Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort.

The striking white cliffs on Mount Princeton are made not of chalk but of Kaolinite, a soft rock produced by hot springs percolating through cracks in the mountain. The creek tumbles wildly in sections with chalky, white water ripples and the mesmerizing sound of rushing water.

Enjoy all of Chalk Creek and the Cliffs from this lovely trail which has rest benches along the way, as well as a waterfall viewing deck.


Directions to Cascade Creek Trail

This trail is 4.3 miles west of Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort on CR 162.  You will use the trailhead parking lot for Agnes Vaille Falls, which is labeled with Forest Service Signs on the right side of the road across from Chalk Lake. Cascade Creek Trailhead is approximately 200’ from the Agnes Vaille Falls Trailhead Sign.

10 Hiking Essentials

  1. Water (1.5 Liters per person per 5-6 hours)
  2. Snacks (Beef Jerky, nuts, power bar)
  3. Navigation (map and compass and/or GPS)
  4. Sunscreen
  5. Extra clothing (hat, socks, gloves)
  6. First aid supplies
  7. Light (headlamp or flashlight)
  8. Fire starter and matches/lighter
  9. CD Rom or mirror, whistle, mosquito repellant
  10. Emergency shelter (Biffy Bag)



*****Please Remember*****

You are starting your adventure at roughly 8,000ft.

You are likely going to an even higher altitude – hydration is key.

Water, Water, Water!

This activity is an extreme test of a person’s physical and mental limits and carries with it the potential for property loss, serious injury, and even death.  The risks include, but not limited to:  actions of other people, lack of hydration, weather, and/or other natural conditions.  Princeton Holdings, LLC DBA Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort is not liable for any injury, property loss, damage, death, etc. occurring due to any activity outlined by any information sheet provided by the property.  Guests are participating in these activities on their own merit and assume all liability, with no liability to Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort or its agents.


Surrounding Towns

Buena Vista, Colorado

Buena Vista, Colorado

Buena Vista, Colorado is just 9 miles from Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort. This unique mountain town is located on the Arkansas River. There are many shopping opportunities along with restaurants, a brewery and a distillery. LEARN MORE

Salida, Colorado

Salida, Colorado is 21 miles from the resort. This is Colorado’s largest National Historic District. Dine on the banks of the Arkansas River and explore the many art galleries in this historic downtown. This area was named Colorado’s first Creative Arts District. LEARN MORE


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