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
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!