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."

Ouzel Falls Reviews

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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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Trail Information

Estes Park
Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
5 hours
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

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Jul 2018