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COPELAND FALLS, CALYPSO CASCADES AND OUZEL FALLS: WILD BASIN RMNP

We hiked this in October and it ended up a snow hike. Lets revisit it with spring flowers! Scheduling this early morning as the parking lot tends to get full.
There are a lot of waterfalls so please bring a camera for this one as we will be hitting Copeland Falls, Calypso Cascades and Ouzel Falls all in one day!

Round Trip: 6 miles
Start Elevation: 8,500 ft. Calypso Cascades Elevation: 9,200 ft Ouzel Falls Elevation: 9,450 ft
Skill level: Moderate/high elevation

No Dogs allowed in National Parks

Trail Description
Ouzel Falls is located 2.95 miles from the Wild Basin Trailhead in Rocky Mountain National Park. The trail rises gently beside North St. Vrain Creek to spurs for Lower and Upper Copeland Falls. Mild travel continues to the backcountry campsite access trail crosses the creek and climbs .45 miles to Calypso Cascades.

The trail gains a bit of elevation to Ouzel Falls.
Pilot Mountain (12,222'), Mount Alice (13,310'), Mt Meeker (13,911) and Longs Peak (14,259') are visible to the northwest, while Mount Copeland's (13,176') north flank looms over the Ouzel drainage to the southwest.

Ouzel Falls are named after the Ouzel - or Dipper - a small bird that jumps into cold mountain streams and 'flies' underwater to catch insects on the bottom.

Directions to Trailhead
From Denver/Golden take CO-93 through Boulder. 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.
BRING A LOT OF WATER AND SOMETHING TO EAT. We will have a break at the top to eat and enjoy the views!


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  • Don

    A.J. Thanks for making this day a success. Sometimes we forget the people who make the difference. I do appreciate everything you do for the group. The teachings of our natural resources, teaching us the lessons about different plants, trees and showing us the difference between them. The mistletoe lesson was the best!!! AJ, you are a true gentleman. We'll see you soon!!!
    Don

    1 · June 16, 2013

    • Don

      Pine trees

      June 16, 2013

    • Dorothea

      Oh, I thought it was the history of why you kiss someone under the mistletoe

      June 16, 2013

  • Don

    You also missed the bear DORO!!! Gladys almost ran right into him/her while she was running the trail!!! Someone said she came about 10 ft from the critter but it ran away from her...how is it possible to run away from Gladys? She's such a nice lady?

    1 · June 16, 2013

    • Dorothea

      I know, I saw the pictures.....

      June 16, 2013

  • Don

    Jill, thanks so much for putting this together for us. You brought a lot of great and wonderful people together even if it was only for a short time. I know for a fact the people you brought together will always remember this day as one of their finest days ever. If it weren't for you we wouldn't of seen a bear!!! Again Jill, thanks so much for this weekend. A lot of life lessons were taught to me later on in the evening around the campfire.

    2 · June 16, 2013

  • Steve

    Fantastic hike! One of the best I've done in a long time. Great group of people.

    June 16, 2013

  • Lisa

    It was so nice to meet all of you! Look forward to more!!

    1 · June 15, 2013

  • Tom W.

    My first hike with this. Great pace, people and scenery. Plus, I learned some Spanish. It was borderline wonderful.

    1 · June 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great group of people to hike this beautiful area.

    June 15, 2013

  • Mary J.

    It was fabulous!!! I loved every minute. So glad I decided to go! Absolutely gorgeous!

    June 15, 2013

    • Dorothea

      I hope you guys post a lot of pictures. I am sorry I had to miss this.....LOVE that hike and LOVE this group.....Thanks for the waterfall video, Jill :0)

      1 · June 15, 2013

    • Lori

      Great day everyone and great company.

      1 · June 15, 2013

  • Robert L.

    Thank you ALL for a great day!

    June 15, 2013

  • Fran

    This hike was awesome. Beautiful falls and great people on the hike.

    1 · June 15, 2013

  • Kris

    So early, missed my alarm, had to change meeting locations. Had no time for caffeine and see what happens!. We will be there but will be late. Will have to catch up on trail.

    June 15, 2013

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