Bridal Veil Falls

Estes Park, Colorado 80517

Bridal Veil Falls

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"Meadows and aspen groves surround the way to a falls easy to imagine from its name."

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"Meadows and aspen groves surround the way to a waterfall easy to imagine from its name. In spring, this may be the most interesting and spectacular waterfall in the national park. Waterfalls commonly have been named for a common item of wedding attire, so Rocky Mountain National Park also has its Bridal Veil Falls. It seems unfortunate that a name made mundane by overuse should label what may be the most unusual and interesting waterfall in the national park. No less dull would be The Falls or merely Waterfall. Bridal Veil Falls is doubly cursed by being formed by Cow Creek, a name saved from equal dullness only by alliteration. When bolstered by melting snow, Cow Creek bursts over a ledge and crashes into a basin whose form throws the water back into the air." Read more
"Waterfall lovers will delight at this combination fall that tumbles down from on high as a cascade, slips along low-angle rock as a slide, and finally spreads its waters in a frothy veil. The hike follows Cow Creek and offers splendid views of 9,794-foot Sheep Mountain in the northeast quadrant of Rocky Mountain National Park. From the trailhead at McGraw Ranch, hike past the gate and up the gravel road and follow the bend to the left past cabins. At the first trail junction, go straight to stay on the Cow Creek Trail. Pass a privy to the right of the road and ascend timber steps. Ahead in the distance you will see 10,859-foot Dark Mountain, and to the right of the trail you will pass Sheep Mountain rising nearly 300 feet from the valley floor. Pass the trail junction to the Lumpy Ridge Trailhead and continue straight." Read more

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8/11/2009
This was a nice little half-day trip my girlfriend and I did. Very easy, and just really nice scenery. Great little place to take a break under the waterfall at the end of the trail. Perfect for having a late lunch/snack, and getting a little frisky in front of all the chipmunks. ;) Just make sure you're the last ones up for that last part. ;) Will. Never. Forget. This. Day. :)
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10/4/2008
A perfect fall hike. It was 6.4 miles RT of packed trail on a beautiful fall day with smatterings of golden aspen trees all around. Traffic was light - only saw about 10 other hikers, which always makes me happy. The beginning of the trail traverses an old dude ranch so it's wide open and easy travel. Eventually it moves along Cow Creek with small waterfalls here and there with the babbling brook sound. For the last mile, you move into the woods, along the creek, with a small bit of climbing up to the falls, nothing too difficult by Colorado standards. A few good spots in front of the falls for a lunch before heading back. There is about 1000' elevation gain which is barely noticeable until you realize how much faster the trip back is compared to the trip in. This is definitely a keeper.
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7/6/2003
The trail starts out as an old Jeep trail. The Cow Creek trail and Bridal Veil Falls trail fork at 2 miles in a beautiful field surrounded by aspen trees. The last 300 yards to the falls are steep. Overall, it's an easy trail.
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Trail Information

Estes Park
Nearby City
6
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
4 hours
Duration
Fall
Season
Waterfalls
Features
Rocky Mountain National Park
Local Contacts
USGS Estes Park
Local Maps

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Dec 2018