Ouzel Falls Trail

Allenspark, CO
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Very good hike. Took it last Sept alone and plan to take extended family in July.

Take Hyw. 7 south out of Lyons, past Allenspark, to Wild Basin Trailhead.

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3 Completed 3 Reviews

This was a great hike. 80% of the aspens had lost their leaves but it was still a really beautiful hike. For us this hike was 8 miles and 3.5 hours. A gate had shut off part of the entrance due to the season. We hiked this the 2nd weekend of October. The bridge is out at the falls, but you can skirt to the left and get a great view of the falls and grab a snack on a large rock just below the falls. We had a couple of friends on the hike with us from the midwest and they handled the altitude fine. Enjoy!

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42 Completed 43 Reviews

Great, noisy RMNP waterfall that you can get up close to. It's difficult to photograph, but very nice to behold. The fall is named for the Ouzel birds (American Dipper) that live near there, and we were able to see some just a bit downriver from the falls.

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11 Completed 8 Reviews

This trail is connected to Copeland Falls and Calypso Cascades. It is a great hike take your time along the way to take pictures. Remember to take water and a hat, you move in and out of the trees. We saw a Moose, a deer and several chipmunks. Beautiful water features!! In the beginning this trail was busy but the further you go the less people you see. Cloudy days are the best to enjoy the view...

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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Good and more than one scenic spot to see along the way. Another bonus is you can do a loop and don't have to backtrack. Calypso bridge was temporarily closed because it had washed out. They are done with it so I would guess that it should be back "open" in the next couple days.

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26 Completed 4 Reviews

This trail tends to be crowded, as it's easy to moderate difficulty and popular with families, but it's beautiful and Calypso Cascades is to die for so we keep coming back anyway. It gets a bit quieter past Calypso Cascades and up the rest of the way to Ouzel Falls.

We have gone as far as Calypso Cascades on snowshoes in the winter, which was also gorgeous and much quieter

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34 Completed 3 Reviews

The 2nd bridge is out at Calypso Cascades and you CANNOT get to Ouzel Falls via the regular route. You must use the back country route. The hike is now 6.8 RT by the maps the rangers have printed which I attached on this website. The trail is EXTREMELY MUDDY and wet. On the back country trail, you basically are hiking up a small stream flowing down the trail. I am so glad I wore Goretex winter boots, otherwise, my feet would have been soaked. The back country trail takes you way past Ouzel Falls, then you cut back and hike another .7 miles down to it. Then you hike back up the .7 miles and out and down the back country trail again. Because of the mud and snow melt, it is VERY SLOW going. We hiked for 2.5 hours and never reached the cut-off to hike down to Ouzel and we hike at a moderate pace. Since we were on a time crunch, we had to turn back. I would allow 3 hours just to get to the Falls one way and 1.5 or more back down. The back country trail does NOT afford you views of the falls. You can hear them, but cannot see them from the trail. The amount of Spring run-off is amazing at the view of Calypso Falls at the first bridge is outstanding as is Copeland Falls on the way. I'm sure Ouzel is awesome, but be patient getting there.

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11 Completed 10 Reviews

Fun hike over Labor Day Weekend, picking up a few geocaches . Great views to be sure. Interesting road in to the trailhead, but well worth it. I especially liked Calypso Cascade on the way back to Ouzel Falls.

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2 Completed 2 Reviews

Pretty falls; crowded trail as it is easy and accessible. RMNP does a great job of creating access to natural world for those less 'fit'. Saw a few fly fisherman on the way out. Aspens have changed over, so it was very pretty.

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3 Completed 1 Reviews

Good easy trail. The trailhead is within RMNP, so you either need a park pass or pay to enter the park. The trail passes several falls on the way to Ouzel Falls. The hike is about 2.5 hours depending on how much time you spend taking pictured and crawling around on the rocks. There are many great places to sit by the river if you pack in lunch.

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22 Completed 19 Reviews

Add a couple of miles to the Calypso Cascades hike to reach Ouzel Falls. It's worth the extra effort.

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