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Ouzel Falls Hike

Rocky Mountain National Park

Northern Front Range, Colorado

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Ouzel Falls Hike

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  • Wild Basin Trailhead.- Ouzel Falls Hike
  • The trail is pleasantly wooded.- Ouzel Falls Hike
  • Copeland Falls.- Ouzel Falls Hike
  • Copeland Falls.- Ouzel Falls Hike
  • Viewpoint along Sandbeach Creek.- Ouzel Falls Hike
  • There are many backcountry campsites along a parallel trail.- Ouzel Falls Hike
  • Bridge over Ouzel Creek just before Calypso Cascades.- Ouzel Falls Hike
  • Calypso Cascades.- Ouzel Falls Hike
  • Signs of fall in early September!- Ouzel Falls Hike
  • Ouzel Falls.- Ouzel Falls Hike
  • Ouzel Falls.- Ouzel Falls Hike
  • Ouzel Falls.- Ouzel Falls Hike
  • Many aspen along the trail.- Ouzel Falls Hike
  • Many stone steps on this well-constructed trail.- Ouzel Falls Hike
  • A last look at Sandbeach Creek.- Ouzel Falls Hike
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Wonderful waterfalls and cascades. Easy grade.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
Northern Front Range, CO
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
No
Net Elevation Gain: 
851.00 ft (259.38 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Horseback
Total Distance: 
5.50 mi (8.85 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
8,438.00 ft (2,571.90 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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The Wild Basin entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park is far from the hustle and bustle of Estes Park, and it offers some marvelous hiking. Most of the hikes in this southeastern corner of the park require a fair bit of climbing, but the hike to Ouzel Falls is moderate and extremely rewarding, especially for lovers of cascades and waterfalls.

The Wild Basin Trailhead is a short drive from the Wild Basin entrance of the park. This is a popular spot for families to hike the third of a mile to Copeland Falls, and this part of the trail is busy. Copeland Falls is a small complex of cascades that are not much more than the numerous similar little falls that are common the entire route of this trail. In fact, the trail follows St. Vrain, Cony, and Ouzel Creeks for the entire route, and the steep grade makes for a continuous and delightful chorus of water tumbling over the rocks.

After Copeland Falls it is about 1.5 miles of gentle climbing to the Calypso Cascades. This marvelous run of falling water is a significant step up from Copeland Falls, and some large, flat boulders make this a great place to stop and admire the falling water. The last leg up to Ouzel Falls is a bit steeper. The trail opens up a bit to give nice views of the surrounding hills and mountains. Ouzel Falls can be heard for the last quarter mile, and the falls are not disappointing. There is a faint trail up the left side of the creek to the base of the falls and above. Photographers will love all the different perspectives to shoot these beautiful little falls. It is another 2.2 miles and 600 vertical feet to reach Ouzel Lake for those who want a longer hike.

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