Ouzel Falls Viewpoint is a hiking trail in Boulder County, Colorado. It is within Rocky Mountain National Park. It is 192 feet long and begins at 9,388 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 38 feet. The trail ends near the Ouzel Falls waterfall.
Ouzel Falls Viewpoint Professional Reviews and Guides
"Wild Basin is a wonderful and somewhat hidden part of Rocky Mountain National Park. You’ll hike along the sparkling, fast-?owing North Saint Vrain Creek and then pass beautiful Calypso Cascades and thundering Ouzel Falls. Beyond Calypso Cascades, nature is doing an excellent job of regenerating the forest that burned in the 1978 ?re, which started near Ouzel Lake. The trail o?ers beautiful views of Longs Peak, Mount Meeker, and the rugged Continental Divide, especially along a ridge lined with healthy new growth. Pretty Ouzel Lake lies on a bench not far below treeline. Backcountry campsites are located along or near the trail, with one at Ouzel Lake."
--Sandy Heise and Maryann Gaug, Best Hikes Near Denver and Boulder (Falcon Guides).
"There may not be a better hike along rushing water in Colorado than this one during the annual spring run-off. There may be better hikes along rushing water than this hike to Ouzel Falls, but I don't know of one! With heavy spring run-off, this hike shows a riot of rampaging water. It is an ideal outing for families since it is neither too long nor too steep. Watch for the falls’ namesake, the water ouzel or dipper, an unusual bird that nests behind the falls and hunts its food underwater. Week 23 is a perfect time for this outing, with wildflowers exploding in a colorful display throughout the Ouzel Burn area. Look especially for fireweed, a strong colonizer after a fire. It has now been nearly a quarter century since the lightning-triggered blaze at Ouzel Lake burned for nearly six weeks over a large area of Wild Basin. Out of the destruction have come fascinating lessons in how forests regenerate themselves."
--Dave Muller, The Colorado Year Round Outdoor Guide (Colorado Mountain Club Press).
"Wild Basin is the headwaters for the North St. Vrain River, and water is in abundance along the trail. Wildflowers are prolific as well. A flowery start leads toward a chain of whitewater cascades—from close-in Copeland Falls to shadowy Calypso Cascades and magnificent Ouzel Falls. Roughly 70 kinds of wildflowers represent several ecosystems at peak bloom, typically in July. If you’re looking for the exquisite calypso or fairy slipper orchid, June is your best bet. The uphill trek to Calypso Cascades (1.8 miles) and Ouzel Falls (2.7 miles) should not be missed. Wild Basin’s dirt access road leads to a sizable parking area that fills by mid-morning on weekends. Wildflower alert: Deep shade and forest duff provide ideal habitat for alluring calypso orchids."
--Pamela & David Irwin, Colorado's Best Wildflower Hikes: The Front Range (Westcliffe Publishers).
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