Ouzel Falls

Allenspark, Colorado

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Wild Basin is the headwaters for the North St. Vrain River, and water is in abundance along the trail. Wildflowers are prolific as well. A flowery start leads toward a chain of whitewater cascades—from close-in Copeland Falls to shadowy Calypso Cascades and magnificent Ouzel Falls. Roughly 70 kinds of wildflowers represent several ecosystems at peak bloom, typically in July. If you’re looking for the exquisite calypso or fairy slipper orchid, June is your best bet. The uphill trek to Calypso Cascades (1.8 miles) and Ouzel Falls (2.7 miles) should not be missed. Wild Basin’s dirt access road leads to a sizable parking area that fills by mid-morning on weekends. Wildflower alert: Deep shade and forest duff provide ideal habitat for alluring calypso orchids.
Colorado's Best Wildflower Hikes: The Front Range

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Colorado's Best Wildflower Hikes: The Front Range

by Pamela & David Irwin (Westcliffe Publishers)

Wild Basin is the headwaters for the North St. Vrain River, and water is in abundance along the trail. Wildflowers are prolific as well. A flowery start leads toward a chain of whitewater cascades—from close-in Copeland Falls to shadowy Calypso Cascades and magnificent Ouzel Falls. Roughly 70 kinds of wildflowers represent several ecosystems at peak bloom, typically in July.

If you’re looking for the exquisite calypso or fairy slipper orchid, June is your best bet. The uphill trek to Calypso Cascades (1.8 miles) and Ouzel Falls (2.7 miles) should not be missed. Wild Basin’s dirt access road leads to a sizable parking area that fills by mid-morning on weekends. Wildflower alert: Deep shade and forest duff provide ideal habitat for alluring calypso orchids.

©  Pamela & David Irwin/Westcliffe Publishers. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Allenspark
Distance: 5.4
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Bloom is June to August
Local Contacts: Rocky Mountain National Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Ouzel Falls

Recent Trail Reviews

4/15/2018
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8/30/2009
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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.


7/7/2007
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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!


7/28/2005
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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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