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    Estes Park, Colorado

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    Arvada, CO
    Ranger | 3330 pts
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    3/26/2019
    I did this trail using snowshoes on 3/19/19 and clocked it at about 8 miles roundtrip and 1200 ft elevation gain. I started from the winter trailhead however and this added about 2 miles to the trip. You start on the road leading to the summer trailhead. The road and the trail were well packed and marked and also not very difficult. The trail does not get above the timberline but it does follow a creek that has some waterfalls and the sights and sounds of the creek make it nice. The creek and the lower falls (Copeland Falls) were still flowing but Ouzell falls were completely frozen. The Wild Basin is a relatively uncrowded part of RMNP and there are several trails that start in this area. All of them are worth doing but many can be done only in the summer. Also, this area is accessible from the Allenspark trail and I've posted a review of a loop I did in the summer starting at Allenspark TH and coming back to it through the Wild Basin trail. Also I had the trail all to myself except towards the end when I saw a few people going up.
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    Aurora, CO
    Trailblazer | 1113 pts
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    7/12/2018
    Awesome trail! We hiked through sweet forest and finally got up close to the falls. There are gorgeous wildflowers now. Super nice to hike along water and be in the shade. Get here early. We started around 9:30 AM and the trail was starting to get crowded. Definitely one of my favorites in this area.
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    Daventry
    Explorer | 30 pts
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    7/10/2009
    A great walk near flowing water for the bulk of the hike. Go early, it will get crowded
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    Loveland, CO
    Pathfinder | 86 pts
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    6/11/2009
    This is an easy hike that can be as long or short as you want it to be. Calypso Cascades is the first real stop at just over 2 miles. Ouzel Falls is about another mile up the trail but is does get a little rocky and continues to go up to about 9300'. There are many other trails that branch off once you reach the cascades making this a great destination for any length of trip.
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    Sun City, AZ
    Pathfinder | 190 pts
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    8/13/2007
    Our goal in hiking this trail was to find mushrooms to photograph and identify. We did find an assortment of mushrooms, particularly below tree line on the first 2/3rds of the hike. The trail was challenging for senior citizens but doable and we plan to return next year.
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    Putney, VT
    Pathfinder | 60 pts
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    7/1/2001
    The above description is apt. This was not my favorite hike in the Rockies, as there were no views! That's half of why I am there, to see stunning vistas. But if you want a lovely walk in the woods and near a stream, this is it.
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    Trail Information

    Estes Park
    Nearby City
    5.4
    Distance
    Out-and-back
    Trail Type
    Easy to Moderate
    Skill Level
    5 hours
    Duration
    Year-round
    Season
    8,500 feet
    Trailhead Elevation
    9,450 feet
    Top Elevation
    Rocky Mountain National Park Backcountry Office, 1000 US 36, Estes Park 80517; (970) 586-1242; www.nps.gov/romo
    Local Contacts
    USGS Allens Park; Trails Illustrated Longs Peak
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