Wild Basin Trail

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado 80517

Elevation Gain1,975ft
Trailhead Elevation8,528ft
Elevation Min/Max8517/9483ft
Elevation Start/End8528/8528ft

Wild Basin Trail

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. This trail connects with the following: Copeland Falls Side Trail, Ouzel Falls Viewpoint, Thunder Lake Trail, Finch Lake - Pear Lake Trail and Copeland Falls Trail.

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Hiking Waterfalls in Colorado (Falcon Guides)
Susan Joy Paul
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"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." Read more
"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." Read more
Best Easy Day Hikes: Rocky Mountain National Park (Falcon Guides)
Kent Dannen
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"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." Read more
Day & Overnight Hikes: Rocky Mountain National Park (Menasha Ridge Press)
Kim Lipker
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"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." Read more

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Trail Information

Rocky Mountain National Park
Nearby City
Rocky Mountain National Park
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
For current conditions and more information, contact Beaver Meadows Visitor Center, www.nps.gov/romo or (970) 586-1206
Local Contacts
Rocky Mountain National Park brochure; USGS Allen Park
Local Maps

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Dec 2018