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Fish Creek Falls

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By Deb Stanley, Examiner.com

If you’re driving through Steamboat Springs, don’t miss Fish Creek Falls. The trail is just 3.5 miles from town and the “hike” is really just a short walk. A trek of 0.2 miles takes visitors to a 280-foot waterfall.

The trail starts at a paved parking lot with about 40 spaces (directions below). Before you start, you’ll need to pay a fee. Cash only.

The wide, dirt trail drops about 100 feet in elevation from the parking lot to a bridge with a view. The hike to Fish Creek Falls is easy, it’s downhill. Remember you have to hike back up after you visit the falls.

At the bridge, find a good spot and take lots of pictures. There’s the falls, the cascades below it and the historic bridge.

A trail on the other side of the bridge leads to the upper falls and Long Lake. The hike to the upper falls is another 2.25 miles with about 1,200 feet of elevation gain. The hike to Long Lake is about 5 more miles with 2,400 feet of elevation gain.

If you’re looking for more waterfall hikes, check out my favorite waterfall hikes and my favorite waterfall hikes with little to no hiking.

Details: The hike to Fish Creek Falls and back is just 0.4 miles with 100 feet of elevation gain on the way back.

Directions: From Steamboat Springs, turn east on 3rd Street, then take the first right turn on to Fish Creek Falls Road. The trailhead is about 3.5 miles from town.

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Steamboat's U12 youth baseball team, the Northwest Colorado Storm, came within a blink of winning the Mountain Magic Triple Crown baseball tournament in Steamboat Springs June 27, and now the squad is hoping to parlay that success into big runs in several looming tournaments.

The team, filled with athletes not just from Steamboat but from around the region, competes this weekend at the Triple Crown Colorado state championships in Boulder.

The Northwest Colorado Storm's big break came in the semifinals of the tourney in Steamboat in late June.

Steamboat actually had three teams qualify from that week's pool play into Sunday's playoff bracket, an accomplishment in and of itself, according to Yampa Valley Youth Baseball coordinator Jim Hansen, who also coaches the U12 team.

The U11 and U14 teams both qualified, as well.

“Making the playoffs with three teams is amazing,” he said.

The U11 and U14 teams saw their impressive runs ended there, in the first round, but the U12 team won its first game, then managed a second, even bigger, win, in the semifinals. The squad beat the Diamond Club Knights, out of Wheat Ridge, 10-5, to advance to the championship final, blowing the game open late with six runs in the sixth inning.

“They were the No. 1-ranked team in the state, so that's a big win for baseball in this town,” Hansen said.

Steamboat went on to lose the championship game to the Longmont Wolves, 8-6, but did enough to qualify for the Triple Crown World Series, set to begin July 20 in Park City, Utah.

“This is only the second time we've had a team come in second and qualify for the World Series,” Hansen said. “We are excited about where the organization is going. We're playing competitive, quality baseball in Steamboat Springs.”

To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253, email [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @JReich9

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