Wild Basin Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Boulder County, Colorado. It is within Rocky Mountain National Park. It is 3.3 miles long and begins at 8,528 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,975 feet. The Wild Basin Trailhead information map and the Wild Basin trailhead parking are near the trailhead. There are also restrooms. The Tent Rocks (elevation 9,012 feet) cliff can be seen along the trail. Near the end of the trail is a camp site.
Wild Basin Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"This Wild Basin hike takes you past five waterfalls, and each one is sure to delight. There are two block or sheet falls on North St. Vrain Creek known as Lower and Upper Copeland Falls; two tumbling horsetail cascades on Cony Creek called “Lovers Leaps” and Calypso Cascades; and finally a combination plunge and veil fall on Ouzel Creek, aptly named Ouzel Falls."
--Susan Joy Paul, Hiking Waterfalls in Colorado (Falcon Guides).
"The North Fork of the St. Vrain River treats hikers to two waterfalls, each appealing in markedly different ways. The short, gentle walk to Copeland Falls invites hikers to a soothing series of pools spilling over smooth boulders. The steeper climb to Calypso Cascades greets hikers with a torrent of water crashing through jagged rocks and fallen trees. The hike is a perfect destination for families with mixed ages or ambitions."
--Maureen Keilty , Best Hikes with Kids Colorado (The Mountaineers Books).
"Lower elevation than trails in the Bear Lake area make skiing or snowshoeing in Wild Basin problematic during much of the winter until backcountry travelers begin ascending from Saint Vrain Creek toward Calypso Cascades and Ouzel Falls."
--Kent Dannen, Best Easy Day Hikes: Rocky Mountain National Park (Falcon Guides).
"The Ouzel Lake Campsite lies in a spruce–fir forest below the northeast slope of Copeland Mountain. You’d be hard pressed to find many people here or on the trail save for a few anglers above Calypso Cascades and a smattering of hikers. Constantly thundering waterfalls and cascades along the creeks, especially during spring runoff, are impressive sights and sounds you’ll encounter along the entire route."
--Kim Lipker, Day & Overnight Hikes: Rocky Mountain National Park (Menasha Ridge Press).
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