North Clear Creek Falls
This is one of the more impressive waterfalls in Colorado; the view from the overlook at the top of the falls is often photographed. For birders, the main attraction is the nesting colony of Black Swifts. But these birds are very difficult to see, as they visit nest sites mostly at dawn and dusk, and even then they may slip in unnoticed below the horizon. At any time of day, but especially if the weather is threatening or stormy, they can be seen hawking insects high overhead. Even if you miss the swifts, you should be able to see American Dippers. The overlook has interpretive signage. Along CO 149 north of the falls are some wetlands where you might see moose foraging.
Habitat: Stream, Streamside Willows
Directions: North Clear Creek Falls is just east of CO 149 on FR 510, 6.5 miles from the Mineral/Hinsdale county line, and 23.5 miles south of Lake City.
Delorme: 78 B1
Roads of Colorado: 132 B1
Dates of Access: Open all year
Hours: Day use only
Ownership: US Forest Service
Restrictions: Beware steep drops near the falls; obey all posted signs.
Parking: Parking lot
Lodging: USFS campgrounds or hotels in Lake City or Creede
Handicapped Access: Access trail, restrooms, and viewing area are ADA-compliant.