Ouzel Falls

Estes Park, Colorado 80511

Ouzel Falls

Ouzel Falls Professional Review and Guide

"A popular hike in all seasons or weather situations, the trail to Ouzel Falls follows whitewater streams most of the way. Ouzel seems an odd name for a creek, falls, lake, and peak in Wild Basin. But to wild bird enthusiasts the word labels a chunky gray bird somewhat smaller than a robin and shaped something like a wren.

The odd but fun word (OO z’l) is derived from an Anglo-Saxon word for a blackbird, which makes no sense to anyone with any notion of what a blackbird of any species looks like. However, the European ring ouzel is a black bird that vaguely resembles another bird species the English call a water ouzel. Following the English precedent, as American birders once did slavishly, the gray bird common to whitewater streams in the West was called a water ouzel—as it still often is called as an alternative to its very descriptive name of dipper."

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"Rarely removed from falling water music, this wilderness walk passes through enclosing woods to plummeting falls."

Ouzel Falls Reviews

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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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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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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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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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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
Local Maps