Coming back down, we decided to take the scenic route and found some nice green meadows, more trees, and best of all, a downhill trail. We joyfully wended our way to Horsetooth Falls. The only problem was, the trail down to the falls presented another option that we don't think was an approved one. We found our way to the top of the falls and some nice cool pools of water. Then we scrambled down to the base of the falls. The pools at the top were definitely more cool than the base of the falls. We enjoyed the romantic atmosphere by ourselves for a few minutes, then headed out. On the way out we were almost trampled numerous times by large groups with a few adults and lots of kids.
Our recommendation: If you do this trail, do it like we did and get to the top first so you can cool off in the water later. Round trip estimated distance: 6.5 miles.