The hike to Ouzel Falls is a dazzling display in RMNP – Greeley Tribune

A recent hike to Ouzel Falls in Rocky Mountain National Park’s Wilderness Basin resulted in an encounter with a waterfall bursting with water from melting snow. Standing under Ouzel Falls is like taking a fresh mountain shower.

This hike is 5.4 miles round trip. It is considered a moderate hike with an elevation gain of 950 feet. My friend and I started early in the morning which turned out to be a great choice. The sun angle was just perfect and created a rainbow over the falls.

The hike begins at the Wild Basin Trailhead in the southeast corner of Rocky Mountain National Park. You reach this part of the park by driving south on Highway 7 from Estes Park toward Meeker Park and Allenspark.

Arriving at the parking area early in the morning, we saw two moose running with a large male and a smaller animal.

Immediately along the trail, we noticed how green and lush this area of ​​the park is now. Beautiful, delicate flowers painted the edges of the trail in multi-colored glory. The tips of the trees were bright green.

The road follows North Saint Vrain Creek. Gentle climbing is almost always close enough to the water that you can hear the sounds and create a watery feel.

Featuring meadows and forests, the first incredible stop on this hike is Copeland Falls, less than a mile from the trailhead.

After a short and scenic climb, we crossed the gorge and reached the stunning Calypso Cascades. The wooden bridges here are great places to take amazing photos.

As you continue down the trail past this waterfall, you can catch a glimpse of Mount Meeker and Longs Peak.

After crossing a couple of creeks, the trail begins to climb. Here the going becomes more difficult. When you reach Ouzel Falls, a wooden bridge provides a good vantage point to view the falls. But don’t stop there!

There is a trail on the left that allows you to pick your way down to the bottom of the falls.

Today, the sun streaming through the waterfall mist created a stunning rainbow.

Ouzels are small birds that you can often find along rivers. The waterfall was named after Enos Mills, an American naturalist, author and homesteader who was a key figure in the creation of Rocky Mountain National Park.

The waterfall flowed so fast that standing under it was like taking a shower. The water flows fast and hard over all the falls and rocks, so watch your step when you approach these features.

The round trip takes about three hours, unless you stop every quarter mile to take photos and videos like we did.

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