Colorado's Best Wildflower Hikes: The Front Range
by Pamela & David Irwin (Westcliffe Publishers)
© Pamela & David Irwin/Westcliffe Publishers. All Rights Reserved.
One of the greater hikes in RMNP. This is a great hike for kids. There was so much water rushing and waterfalls it felt like springtime instead of the end of summer. At the top of the falls there were thousands of wild raspberries - we all gorged ourselves on them. If you take the trail to the left of the falls you can bushwack your way up to the top of the falls and the views are stunning. Over to Longs and Meeker Peak. This is a must do hike and would be great for families.
Great to have the different waterfalls along the way. Not as many flowers as I had hoped, but did learn quite a few new species. Couldn't make it up there until around 11am - of course parking was full, but instead of walk the extra 2 miles each way from the parking lot at the park entrance - we drove down and waited about 1/2 hour. Was fine because we were getting organized anyway. Extra 4 miles would have been brutal - walking along dusty road. Many did it. Too bad park doesn't have a shuttle. Wish we would have had a bigger car to pick up people along the way!
Amazing waterfall, great easy hike, long day with little kids. Well worth the effort. Great scenery along the way, don't stop at Calyso Cascade the extra mile to Ouzel falls has a big pay off. Be sure to travel the privitve path at the base of the falls next to the left of the bridge, you can climb so close you can feel the mist from the falls or even get right up next to it if you dare to brave the slippery rocks.
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