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Snowshoe at Calypso Cascades and Ouzel Falls

  • Jan 20, 2013 · 10:00 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 8:30am 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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  • A former member
    A former member

    It was a great day for a hike (since snowshoes were only carried and not used). I enjoyed meeting all of you and really enjoyed the conversations I had with those of you I had the opportunity to have them with. Thanks for taking me into your group and I look forward to doing more things with all of you.

    January 21, 2013

  • Evelyn

    A beautiful day and a great hike!

    January 21, 2013

  • Carol

    Great trail, a little bit of everything. Perfect sunny pause at the top. Lots of friendly people. It was an excellent day!

    January 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    best this winter so far

    January 20, 2013

  • Carla

    A great day for my very first Colorado mountain winter hike! A beautiful day, and enjoyed meeting all you nice people! Thanks for all the support!

    January 20, 2013

  • Sheila B

    Spectacular day for an invigorating hike!

    January 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My first meetup with this group and I really enjoyed it. Great people and a beautiful day outdoors in the Rockies

    January 20, 2013

  • Debbie

    Was a wonderful day! Snowhiked to Ouzel Falls and beyond - nice sunny day, no wind. Lots of great conversation and fun lunch!

    January 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    just figured out the carpool spot is the marshall mesa mtn biking trailhead - should have brought my bike!

    January 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be at the trailhead.

    January 19, 2013

  • Denise L.

    See you at the trailhead.

    January 19, 2013

  • Carla

    See you at the car pool location! Debbie, please bring your extra snowshoes ok? Thanks!

    January 19, 2013

  • Frank W

    Evelyn and I will meet you at the trailhead.

    January 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I guess I better clean all my biking stuff out of the truck today, I will drive and will be at the 93/170 place a bit before 8:30

    January 19, 2013

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