Ouzel Lake Trail

MODERATE 23 reviews
#33 of 114 trails in

Ouzel Lake Trail is a 9.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Allenspark, CO that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and backpacking and is accessible from May until October.

9.7 miles 1870 feet Out & Back

backpacking

hiking

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Take Hwy.7 south out of Lyons past Allenspark, to Wild Basin Th.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful lake!

hiking
2 months ago

Started at 7am on a Thursday and there was only a few cars in the lot. The three separate falls are beautiful. Went up to ouzel lake and had the entire lake to myself. It was like nothing I've seen before. Back at the falls, the trail was pretty full. Returned to the parking lot at noon and the lot was full

2 months ago

Hiked to Upper Ouzel Campsite this August. The trail is great, especially past Ouzel Falls, where the crowds thin out and the scenery becomes surreal.

hiking
2 months ago

3 months ago

Beautiful lake. Not too many people that went this far. We were the only group at the time so it was extremely tranquil!

hiking
3 months ago

First rime in that corner of the park, wonderful waterfalls and cascades to the lake. More people on the trail then I expected, so get there early to park.

4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful waterfalls and country. Definitely worth the extra two mile walk to the lake! Such an amazing place!

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike in Rocky Mountain National Park - Wild Basin Trailhead.

The trail included a raging river (one of the best I have seen in the park), a waterfall (Ouzel Falls), and of course Ouzel Lake. The hike was mostly through forest and opens up to some views of surrounding peaks a mile or two before the lake. After Ouzel Falls you lose the crowd. Saw some deer near Ouzel Lake.

About 10 miles out and back. Easy grade most of the trail. The snow was patchy but no traction is required and backcountry camping spots are clear.

hiking
6 months ago

Loved the sound of the water for this hike! Made it to the lake but was a little difficult with the snow. Hard to keep the trail. Defiantly not an easy hike but than again only my second one ever. Worth it all in the end!

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful hike! Did this one yesterday and there was still quite a bit of snow. Had cramp ons and slowly got to the end with some difficulty, however snow shoes would have been ideal.

1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

Have hiked this trail to just the falls and also up to the lake. Would like to sometime take the cut to Bluebird lake and camp. First half of trail to falls is gentle upgrade mostly. Second half to lake is a bit more steep in places. Careful on the flat of the mountain before the lake, those lightning strikes are dangerous!

1 year ago

Hiked to Ouzel Falls last Saturday. Certainly less crowded than other parts of RMNP on a weekend! Pretty easy hike to the falls but the bridge is still out. You can find a path to the top of the falls but it will require some effort. Great spot for a lunch break though.

camping
1 year ago

Hiked it last monday (6-22-2015). Loved it. Warm in the afternoon and chilly at night. There was still snow on the ground. Too bad the bridge was out and had to hike through the primitive trail along the camp sites. One of the workers said the bridge should be fixed in a couple of months.

hiking
1 year ago

hiking
2 years ago

Great trail. Saw bull moose and black bear sow with 2 cubs on the way back down. Flowers are beautiful! The bridge is out so need to take slight detour.

hiking
2 years ago

This trail is awesome, make a day of it, hit up Ouzel Falls, then the lake. It's a fairly easy hike, we even had to add on an additional mile round-trip due to the bridge being out, making it a total of about 11-12 miles roundtrip, and it was well worth it. Not a lot of incline, so it goes by faster than you would think. I do recommend that you leave early, early, this is a very popular trail.

hiking
3 years ago

Great hike with a combination of difficulty and terrain. Very busy until the cascades and then it thins out a bit, but you really get the trail to yourself once you start on to the lake. Amazing boulders and views along the way. The lake is nice and the chipmunks are really friendly (they will jump right into your lap). We saw deer scampering in the lake on one of our trips-amazing. Highly recommended, but start early to avoid the crowds!

hiking
4 years ago