Ouzel Falls Viewpoint

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado 80517

Distance0.0mi
Elevation Gain38ft
Trailhead Elevation9,388ft
Top9,426ft
Elevation Min/Max9388/9426ft
Elevation Start/End9388/9388ft

Ouzel Falls Viewpoint

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. This trail connects with the following: Wild Basin Trail.

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"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." Read more

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2/14/2010
Payton and I snowshoed this trail on Valentine's Day. Tons of snow and the falls were breathtaking. We will go back and hike it this summer of fall.
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8/30/2009
One of the greater hikes in RMNP. This is a great hike for kids. There was so much water rushing and waterfalls it felt like springtime instead of the end of summer. At the top of the falls there were thousands of wild raspberries - we all gorged ourselves on them. If you take the trail to the left of the falls you can bushwack your way up to the top of the falls and the views are stunning. Over to Longs and Meeker Peak. This is a must do hike and would be great for families.
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8/23/2008
Very nice hike up to Ouzel Falls. Around a 950ft elevation gain in roughly 2.7 miles. The trail is well marked and maintained. You hike along the river most of the way so make sure to stop and look at the numerous falls along the way,we saw a small brook trout trying to go up one while we were taking a short break. I would get an early start however or you may end up hiking farther then you anticipated due to parking.
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7/7/2007
Great to have the different waterfalls along the way. Not as many flowers as I had hoped, but did learn quite a few new species. Couldn't make it up there until around 11am - of course parking was full, but instead of walk the extra 2 miles each way from the parking lot at the park entrance - we drove down and waited about 1/2 hour. Was fine because we were getting organized anyway. Extra 4 miles would have been brutal - walking along dusty road. Many did it. Too bad park doesn't have a shuttle. Wish we would have had a bigger car to pick up people along the way!
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7/28/2005
Amazing waterfall, great easy hike, long day with little kids. Well worth the effort. Great scenery along the way, don't stop at Calyso Cascade the extra mile to Ouzel falls has a big pay off. Be sure to travel the privitve path at the base of the falls next to the left of the bridge, you can climb so close you can feel the mist from the falls or even get right up next to it if you dare to brave the slippery rocks.
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Trail Information

Rocky Mountain National Park
Nearby City
Rocky Mountain National Park
Parks
Kid-friendly
Accessibility
Rocky Mountain National Park, 1000 Highway 36, Estes Park; 970-586-1206, 970- 586-1333 (24-hour recorded message); nps.gov/romo
Local Contacts
USGS Isolation Peak, Allenspark; National Geographic Trails Illustrated 301 Longs Peak/ Bear Lake/Wild Basin or 200 Rocky Mountain National Park; Latitude 40˚: Colorado Front Range Trails or Boulder County Trails
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