Cascade and Portland Loop

Southwest, Colorado 81433

Cascade and Portland Loop

Cascade and Portland Loop Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This pleasant hike loops along Cascade Falls Trail and Portland Trail in Ouray’s Amphitheater area. The trail offers nice views of surrounding mountains, jagged cliffs, and mining operations.

The hike includes the trail to Upper Cascade Falls. This spur trail switchbacks its way past cliffs for great views of the surrounding mountains. After enjoying the falls, you can walk to the Chief Ouray Mine’s bunkhouse."

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Hiking Colorado (Falcon Guides)
Maryann Gaug, Revised by Sandy Heise
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"This pleasant hike loops along Cascade Falls Trail and Portland Trail in Ouray's Amphitheater area. The trail offers nice views of surrounding mountains, jagged cliffs, and mining operations. The hike includes the trail to Upper Cascade Falls. This spur trail switchbacks its way past cliffs for great views of surrounding mountains. After enjoying the falls, you can walk to the Chief Ouray Mine's bunkhouse." Read more

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8/8/2009
Excellent, enjoyable hike. The trail to the falls is relatively steep, but switchbacks nicely, and with every switch you get a new million-dollar view! The falls were a bit low in flow this time of year, but they were still very nice! I did not hike to the mine buildings, the trail to them did look treacherous, as described in the guide.

After the climb to the falls, the remainder of the hike is an enjoyable stroll, with little to no significant elevation gain. Also, the coordinates given in the guide are spot-on, but the milage on my GPS was a bit off. Like other reviewers, I would recommend trekking poles, I was very glad to have had mine with me.
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8/6/2009
This is an awesome hike. It is steep and one may need to be adjusted to the high altitude first, but the views are well worth it. I also done it once in May and there was so much snow it blocked the trail to the falls & mine, but still wonderful view up top of the mountains. Hike poles are very recommended, some places the trails are narrow and lose rock is abundant. I have seen kids (with an adult) to grandmas on this trail, but being fit is the key.
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5/8/2006
We hiked this trail the first weekend in May 06. The trail is relatively steep in sections but is well compacted except for a few areas of loose rock and or tree root "steps". There are million dollar views at every turn. We hiked this trail with our 5 month old daughter in her backpack (Sherpani is awesome). This trail is too difiicult for young children to hike on their own. If you hike this with a child on your back as we did be very careful! You must have tekking poles to keep a sure foot with a heavy pack/child. Stop in the local ice climbing/outdoor shop for the latest beta on the local trails.
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Trail Information

Southwest
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
6.8
Distance
1,920 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
2.5- 6 hours
Duration
Best from May through Oct
Season
Uncompahgre National Forest, Ouray Ranger District, Montrose; (970) 2405300; www.fs.usda.gov/gmug
Local Contacts
USGS Ouray; Nat Geo Trails Illustrated 141 Telluride/Silverton/Ouray/Lake City; Latitude 40˚ Telluride, Silverton, Ouray
Local Maps

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Dec 2018