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Calypso Cascades and Ouzel Falls

  • Nov 15, 2012 · 9:00 AM
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The Wild Basin Trail leading to Calypso Cascades and Ouzel Falls is an easy/moderate 5.4 miles roundtrip hike with about 900 feet of elevation gain. Ouzel Falls drop 40' through a narrow chute and flows under a long bridge spanning Ouzel Creek. The trail rises gently beside North St Vrain Creek, crosses the creek and climbs to Calypso Cascades. Calypso Cascades, powered by Cony Creek - fan out across a steep granite cliff. It flows under two long bridges above the confluence with North St Vrain Creek. The trail winds past Calypso Cascades up a north-facing valley wall, passing for a short time through an area stricken by the 1978 Ouzel Fire (2.0 miles : 9,100'). Downed trees open the forest to sweeping views of Mt Meeker, Longs Peak and the northern Wild Basin Area. A moderate climb through lodgepole, spruce, and fir leads to Ouzel Falls and a lengthy bridge across its turbulent base. This is where we'll stop for a brief snack, then turn around.

Directons to Trailhead: From Boulder, take Highway 36 north 14 miles to the town of Lyons. Remain on 36 to the Highway 7 intersection. Turn left onto Highway 7 towards Allenspark. Remain on Highway 7 and look for the Wild Basin Trailhead entrance on the left (approximately 37 miles from Boulder). Turn left on the dirt road to the entrance station .15 miles ahead. The Wild Basin Trailhead is located 2.3 miles from the entrance station.

Carpooling: Meet at 7:30am at the free dirt parking lot located on Hiway 93 and 170 (road leading to Eldorado Springs) where we'll form some carpools.

Optional Lunch after the hike at Oskar Blues in Lyons.

Weather: It's Colorado, so watch the weather and dress for the weather. If in doubt, bring a small duffle bag with all your options! Always bring extra layers, a warm wind/moisture resistant jacket, gloves, hat, neck gaiter, poles, micro spikes and whatever else you need to make this an enjoyable experience. Please - No cotton or jeans for winter hikes.

See you there!

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  • Richard E.

    Hi Debbie! I have to cancel my reservation for the Breckinridge Ice Sculptures and can not find it on the regular Meetups! Sorry! Rick E.

    January 27, 2013

  • dave

    wonderful day...minimal snow/ice

    November 16, 2012

  • Debbie

    Great hike with a fun group!

    November 15, 2012

  • Mollie

    Would anyone want to carpool from the south Denver area?

    November 14, 2012

  • Debbie

    Sounds like we may encounter some snow so be prepared! I'm bringing my microspikes, poles and already have snowshoes in the car, just in case! :-)

    1 · November 14, 2012

  • Dorothea

    I just hiked this hike on Saturday in the snow. It was BEAUTIFUL!!!!

    November 14, 2012

  • Debbie

    For those of you unfamiliar with Colorado Highway 170 or CO 170 or 170, it's located off Highway 93 just south of Boulder. It's not Interstate 70 which goes west into the mountains.

    November 13, 2012

  • Terry G.

    dave, there's a section right at the Cascades where they certainly came in handy on Sunday. The rest of the trail isn't a problem. This is certainly the season when I wouldn't hike without some sort of traction and Microspikes are the best. By the way, it's supposed to snow Sat and Sun up there.

    November 7, 2012

  • dave

    terry gould-are micro spikes a necessity or nice to have? heard you were there and ice between the 2 falls? thxs.

    November 7, 2012

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