Upper Cascade Falls at Ouray

Ouray, Colorado 81427

Upper Cascade Falls at Ouray

Upper Cascade Falls (at Ouray) Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The trail to the upper leaps of Cascade Falls climbs the hillside at the northwest arc of the Amphitheater, a horseshoe-shaped confined drainage formed by a volcanic explosion millions of years ago. The falls here filter through the rock in tiered horsetails above the trail, then freefall in a dramatic plunge below.

The hike on the Upper Cascade Falls Trail (#213) lies on south-facing slopes above Ouray, so prepare for plenty of sunshine. You’ll cross the Portland Trail early on, and have views of 12,801-foot Abrams Mountain and 13,139-foot Hayden Mountain North, to the south. The town falls far below, and your dirt path turns steep and rugged with colorful, broken chips of pink, blue, and gray rock lining the trail."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
3 hours
8,480 feet
Trailhead Elevation
9,980 feet
Top Elevation
Uncompahgre National Forest, (970) 874-6600, www.fs.usda.gov/gmug; Ouray Ranger District, (970) 240-5300
Local Contacts
DeLorme Colorado Atlas & Gazetteer: Page 66 E4; USGS Colorado Quad Map: Ouray
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Dec 2018