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Lean Creek Falls





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General Description

This tall narrow waterfall can only be visited after the high water season. The waterfall is located at the confluence of Lean Creek and the Middle Fork of the Piedra River. To reach this location, drive out on the Piedra Road, the same as directed for Piedra Falls. However, once on the Middle Fork Road continue to its end (approximately 5.0 miles). Park in the Forest Service campground and then follow an abandoned road on the west side of the river up to the wilderness boundary.

At the end of road there are several old "fishermen" trails up the Middle Fork of the Piedra River. Follow these until you reach the falls on the right side of the river (approximately 1.0 mile). There are scrambles over ledges and one location where you have to walk in the river where the water is wall-to-wall between the base of the cliffs. This is the reason why the visit should be made after the high water runoff. We suggest this trip is not for the timid of heart nor should be made before late July or early August.

Directions from Pagosa Springs, Colorado: Drive west on Colorado Hwy 160 to the top of the hill. At the crest of the hill west of town turn right on the Piedra road 631. Approximately 17.0 miles northwest on this route, turn right on the Middle Fork Road 636. Once on the Middle Fork Road continue to its end (approximately 5.0 miles).

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend .



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Pagosa Ranger District, 2nd and Pagosa, P.O. Box 310 , Pagosa Springs, CO, 81147, Phone: 970-264-2268, Fax: 970-264-1538, TTY: 970-264-1539

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