Agnes Vaille Falls is nestled in the mountainside of Chalk Creek Canyon, south of Buena Vista. It requires a short, uphill hike to the falls. Since they are fueled mostly by snow melt, the best time to go is spring through early summer.
The trail is part of the San Isabel National Forest. It's free to visit and open throughout the year. Wear good shoes as it requires a brief climb over a small boulder field to reach the waterfall. It's about a half mile hike, one way, with an elevation gain of 450 feet.
The falls are named for Anges Wolcott Vaille, who led an adventurous life in Colorado. She passed away during a winter ascent of Longs Peak. A Chalk Creek Canyon local, and friend, Jo Witchey, named the falls for Anges.
Getting There: Take Hwy 285 south from Buena Vista to Co Rd 162 (about 5 miles). The falls are located just west on County Road 162 from Mount Princeton Hot Springs. There will be a sign for Anges Vaille Falls on your right. It's just over 8 miles from Hwy 285. Fishing can be found close by at Chalk Lake, which is just west of the falls on Co Rd 162. If you keep going for 7 miles, you'll run into Saint Elmo ghost town and a bunch of 4x4 roads, including Tincup Pass.
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Agnes Vaille Falls in Nathrop.
Address: Co Rd 162, Nathrop, CO
Season: Year round, (spring/summer best)
The falls descend to Chalk Creek.
The trail ends at the falls, but the boulder field continues.
Looking towards the south mountains of Chalk Creek Canyon.
The final 50 yards to the falls ditches the trail for a boulder field.
The size of the falls depends on the winter snow fall.