A snow hike to Ouzel Falls in the Wild Basin area of RMNP. The first mile in follows the road to the summer trailhead and ranger station. We'll pass by a frozen Calypso Cascades about a mile before Ouzel Falls. Bring your ice traction cleats. I don't plan to take my snowshoes as I think the trail will be snow packed from the foot traffic in the last week or so since the last significant snow.
Bring ice traction cleats, at least one liter of water/liquid, appropriate clothing layers for the predicted weather conditions, and a snack lunch to enjoy at the (frozen) falls. Trekking poles and waterproof boots are also recommended along with warm gloves, hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses.
Current weather forecast for the area for Friday is for temps around 30 degrees, sunny skies, and winds less than 10 mph.
Starting elevation: ~8400 ft.
Max Elevation: ~9400 ft.
Total climb: ~1000 ft.
R/T distance:~8 miles out and back
Difficulty: Moderate pace (around 2 mph with stops). Expect variable trail conditions with snow pack and maybe some ice above the St. Vrain bridge crossing. This is a moderate blue level hike. Hike should take about 4 hours with an approximate 1 hour drive to and from the trailhead.
If anyone wants to join the group at the Lyons PnR (at 9 am) or at the Wild Basin winter trailhead (9:30 am), please comment that you intend to do so.
Dogs: Not allowed on RMNP trails.
Please be prompt so others are not kept waiting. Five minute wait for no-shows.
We do regrouping stops at all trail intersections.
Please, don't show up for a hike unless your YES RSVP has been accepted for you and any guest(s) that you intend to bring with you.
Please cancel if you decide not to attend so spaces will be available for others.
Please read the hike description and don't sign up for the hike unless you are confident you can complete the described hike (Expected conditions, RT distance, total climb, max elevation, and pace).
Hiking is risky. Every year people are hurt and killed because they go beyond their abilities, get lost, or bring the wrong gear. I normally lead hikes that I've done before. I don't do technical climbs but some of my hikes have strenuous climbs that may require using some handholds and require good physical strength and agility. I am not a professional guide. You are responsible for yourself. By signing up for this hike you acknowledge that you are solely responsible for your own safety and will do the necessary research to understand the conditions of this hike and the gear and conditioning required.
And lastly, anyone choosing to hike with our group should carry personal medical insurance and a CORSAR (Colorado Outdoor Recreation Search and Rescue) card in case of an emergency.