I am an advocate for the outdoors and my goal is to encourage others to get outside and enjoy this beautiful world. I am often filling my free time with adventure, photography and family activities.
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Did this hike today, accidentally racked up 11.5 miles and here's what I learned:
1) Go early to get a good parking spot. Due to family circumstances, I didn't get there until 10am and the lots near the ranger station were closed. This added 4 extra miles round trip that I had to walk (it was great exercise though).
2) If a ranger tells you that the lots are full, ask if you can drive down there and check. By the time I got there, 4 spaces freed up from people leaving. That would have been great to be that close after the hike.
3) At the first major bridge, it is easy to continue on the wrong trail on the return. I ended up hiking an additional 2 miles with lots of elevation gain toward the trail to Finch Lake. However, I recommend getting lost too because the views of Mount Orton and Lookout Mountain were incredible! I will post a picture here of the view.
4) I learned from some fellow hikers that Ouzel is pronounced "Oozel"
Hope you can get outside this weekend and enjoy Ouzel Falls. So soothing. Aahh!
Pro tip: Winds usually sweep through from the SouthWest so paddle board to the South or you will have a difficult time on the return back in the choppy water.
This is a great spot for a picnic and #microadventure with the family. It is a perfect location for the kids to swim and to get them out on paddle boards.
Be sure to get your parking permit in the upper lot if you don't own a Larimer County parks pass.
Pro tip: Winds usually sweep through from the SouthWest so paddle board to the South or you will have a difficult tim
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