Allens Park Trail to Calypso Cascades

Estes Park, Colorado

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Lovely Calypso Cascades are named for the equally lovely calypso orchids that bloom nearby in July. According to ancient Greek legend as recorded in The Odyssey Calypso was a nymph who bewitched the voyager Odysseus into staying on her island for seven years while he was trying to get home from the Trojan War to his wife, Penelope. Modern travelers on Wild Basin trails likely do not face this hazard. If you are gone for seven years, something else is amiss.
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by Kent Dannen (Falcon Guides)

Lovely Calypso Cascades are named for the equally lovely calypso orchids that bloom nearby in July.

According to ancient Greek legend as recorded in The Odyssey Calypso was a nymph who bewitched the voyager Odysseus into staying on her island for seven years while he was trying to get home from the Trojan War to his wife, Penelope. Modern travelers on Wild Basin trails likely do not face this hazard. If you are gone for seven years, something else is amiss.

© 2015 Kent Dannen/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Estes Park
Distance: 6.2
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 5 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 8,520 feet
Top Elevation: 9,200 feet
Local Contacts: Rocky Mountain National Park Backcountry Office, 1000 US 36, Estes Park 80517; (970) 586-1242; www.nps.gov/romo
Local Maps: USGS Allens Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Allens Park Trail to Calypso Cascades

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