Ouzel Falls Trailhead: Wild Basin Trailhead

Activities: hiking, camping

Closest City / Town: Allenspark

Driving Directions:

  • The trailhead is located about 2 miles north of Allenspark on CO HWY 7 between the towns of Allenspark and Meeker Park (Peak to Peak Scenic Highway).
  • Watch for signs for the Wild Basin Trailhead.
  • Turn left onto County Rd 84 and go .4 miles. Head slight right on Road 15 and continue to the trailhead.

Hiking Distance: 5.4 Miles (roundtrip)

Description:

The Ouzel Falls hike begins from the Wild Basin Trailhead, located approximately 2.2 miles from the park turn-off from HWY 7 on a narrow gravel road. The Ouzel Falls hike sets out from the remote Wild Basin Trailhead in the southeastern corner of Rocky Mountain National Park.

This hike offers spectacular views of some of Rocky Mountain National Park’s highest ridges. There are a few waterfalls and cascades along the way. Lower Copeland Falls is the first you’ll encounter during this trek. Just above Lower Copeland Falls is Upper Copeland Falls. You can take a short side-trail to get a closer peak at the falls.

A little past Copeland Falls the trail crosses over Sandbeach Creek. 1.3 miles from the trailhead you’ll encounter a series of backcountry campsites. Stay left and head towards Calypso Cascades. At roughly 1.6 miles into the trek, hikers will pass an unnamed waterfall. At 1.8 miles you’ll see the stunning Calypso Cascade.

Shortly beyond Calypso Cascade you’ll start taking in amazing views of Longs Peak and Mt. Meeker towards the north. At 2.7 you will reach Ouzel Falls.

Worth Noting: The amazing views of wildflowers, waterfalls, and Rocky Mountain National Park!

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NinjaHiker April 29, 2017 4:30 pm
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Great trail with the perfect mix of views and natural features. Great hike in the summer and winter.