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hiking
4 days ago

Once you get above treeline the views are beautiful; however, to get there you'll have to go through snow and ice. Pretty hike through the evergreens beside a creek. It's a gradual incline, but an incline the entire way up nonetheless. Above treeline is when the trail gets really hard to follow, so I wouldn't do this unless you already know the trail. I lost my way a couple times and decided to go back down before completely losing my way. Views are completely worth it, though! I did everything in trail running shoes and regret it. Definitely should bring yaktraks.

The directions to the trailhead are perfect; however, for the last 2.1 miles it is on an unpaved, very pothole-filled road.

Did this trail yesterday. There were o lay about 5-6 cars when I pulled in, saw only about 6-7 people the entire time. I was the last one to leave so had the trail to myself for a good 2-3 hours. Beautiful forest and creek, so quiet and relaxing. It’s a gradual uphill but not to bad for the first mile and a half (I’ve got a lot of muscle problems and asthma so if I can do it then most people can too). The trail is mostly clear and dry with some slick ice patches lingering. I talked to people coming down and they said at the 1.5-2mi mark, or where the switchbacks start, is ice and you need crampons to get up there, so I turned around when the ice got too thick. There is parking but no bathrooms, saw almost no trash (One soda cup and some really old rusted beer cans) so the trail is taken care off. Will definitely be going back after the rest of the trail thaws!

hiking
18 days ago

Such a gorgeous hike. The creek, the scenery all-around on the way up, the views at the top as said before are amazing. This is definitely a 10 mile hike and the first 5 miles is pretty much straight up. Knowing that from previous reviews we went for it and loved it. Coming down almost is rough on the knees has going up is on the legs. But such a great workout. Lots of snow we started at nine in the morning April 1 went all the way to the very top of the ridge and didn’t get back to the car till three. Lots of small breaks on the way up stop for lunch but down went pretty fast of course. In the afternoon on the way down the trail was nothing but/and puddles in rivers We were yet tracks the entire way up and we’re better for it. But if the weather holds this is going to be a pretty mucky trail for a bit but will be back I bet it in the summer it’s even better

hiking
1 month ago

This was harder than we thought it would be. We wore micro spikes most of the hike. Quite icy. Lots of tree coverage. It’s a steady climb the whole way but it really got tough once we passed the tree line. It was hard to see the trail due to snow. We saw lots of moose poop but no moose; but they were close. It’s a beautiful hike. We will do it again.

You have a decent amount of ascent through trees until you get to the breath-taking views but they are SO worth it! It gets snowier and icier the higher you get (until you pass the tree line then the snow was scattered, lots of open ground). You could do it sans extra traction but YakTraks/micro spikes would definitely come in handy! I will say the actual trail is hard to find once you start to pass the tree line, mostly you're just following other people's tracks or making your own way (the vegetation does seem fragile so I wouldn't recommend stomping around all over up there!) If you can make it high enough though the views of the surrounding mountains are stunning! You hear the creek for a while which is nice and there's a pretty large parking area at the trailhead, it was really empty when I went around noon on Saturday 3/17. This trail was a bit of a workout since you're going up the whole time but with lots of water and some breaks you'll definitely be rewarded for the hard work!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful walk through the woods and gorgeous views once you’re above tree line. I definitely recommend spikes. It is almost all uphill for the first half of the hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Went Feb 9th. The trail has some slick snow/ice spots but it’s still very manageable. Lots of animal tracks and having the trail along the stream was very zen. We were lucky enough to run into two Great Pyrenees dogs who walked the entire time with us. We started fairly late in the day so we only made it about 1/2 the way up until we had to turn around. Wife and I both loved it.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail - starts out in the burn scar but after about 1/2 mile goes into beautiful, lush forest. Light snow on the majority of the trail on 1/28/18 but easy to follow due to previous hikers footprints (might be more difficult after a fresh snowfall). If you go all the way to the historic buildings the RT mileage is actually 9.7 miles not 7.7.

worth seeing and hiking up past the bells! (Did in August 2017)

Great hike! made to Roosevelt Lakes

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked on 1/1. This hike was primarily in snow and ice until you get past the tree line, which is then snow and grass/rock. I would definitely recommend wearing spikes as there was plenty of ice.

You hit the tree line around mile 3. Up until that point, you’re walking through the woods. No views until you get out of the woods but it is beautiful near the top.

I turned around after about 3.5 miles. This hike is all uphill. Maybe I didn’t eat enough breakfast but it was a grind for me and I was pretty whipped by the time I got down to my car. I may do it again in summer but I wouldn’t do it again in the snow.

hiking
3 months ago

Plan to park in a lower lot and add an extra two miles (one in, and one back) to your hike to the trail head due to winter road closure. A fair amount of people on the trail though Ouzel falls (fairly icy and dormant so far as I observed). Traction devices would help to Ouzel Falls. Beyond that, I wished I had brought my snow shoes by the Ouzel Lake / Thunder Lake split. The trail to Thunder Lake bettertraveled, but I broke trail up to Ouzel Lake. Good for the lungs. Happy New Year! Bonus: Zero cell reception.

hiking
3 months ago

Just went for a short hike up to the intersection with the Rosalie trail cutoff, but conditions were perfect for a winter hike (packed snow, no traction devices needed) and the half-frozen stream created some beautiful formations. The kids had a blast exploring and our group had no trouble getting a minivan up to the trailhead, though there were a few inches of snow on the road.

hiking
3 months ago

12/30 really nice hike. It was 60 degrees and sunny. Beautiful views, fun driving there, and not too difficult. Highly recommend.

If you keep going a little bit past the end point, you’ll run into some really cool old buildings.

hiking
3 months ago

beautiful hike. great waterfalls, river crossings, and the lake, all iced over. went up to ouzel lake on december 20th. packed snow and dirt-covered ice much of the way, a few spots of slick ice you could work around. towards the top, the snow got a bit deep, but it wasn't wet. altogether, you could get by without microspikes if you really wanted to, but they make the trip so much more enjoyable.

off road driving
5 months ago

this is a great place and i go here a lot in the winter. i call it camp nosno because its some anomaly that its never snowy there. my theory is the constant 20-60mph winds just blow it off the mountain before it hits the ground haha! still worth camping because you can shoot, hike, everything there. the places that are OK to shoot are facing hills or berms and it's very safe in case you hear gun shots hiking. this is in the heart of the hayman burn area so you can see forever, including hazards while shooting. goose creek turns into matukat and will take you all the way to hwy24 near terryall. its awesome all the way and very easy going which is what i'd rate this trail. the hiking is definitely moderate difficulty with and endless amount of rocks and hills to explore with cliffs everywhere. the grass is one of the weirdest colors i've ever seen and without the trees to block it and the moss covered rocks- it's one of the coolest places at sunset. if you'd like to see the run all the way to hwy24 i have a video up at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIbuwCzUEAo&t=14s

07 ranger manual
bilsteins
13psi
33"
no lift
no locker
no sway bar

youtube trail channel: b roll offroad

have fun!

hiking
5 months ago

Mostly dry trail conditions with only a few patches of ice in the early morning made this gradual incline hike quite easy. The furthest trailhead is still open for parking. The lake is starting to ice over. Add on a side trip to Bluebird Lake if you have some extra time.

hiking
6 months ago

Just a few stretches of snow on the trail, of which the longest was probably 10 yards. Windy up top but otherwise great fall hike.

furthest lot was still open yesterday. pretty empty past ouzel falls. snow add ice on the trail were minimal. great views of longs, meeker and other peaks after ouzel falls. great pine forest and smaller water falls up to that point. lake itself is partly frozen at this point

We only walked from the parking area to the lake- primarily walking along lake only. It was seriously cold and windy, we weren't really dressed properly. We went on the afternoon of October 9th, 2017, the same day the area received a 4 inch + snow fall. OMG it was gorgeous- everything covered in snow- seriously a winter wonderland!
This area is nice because it's good for everyone- even those who can't walk very far, or for children. Everyone can get to see these beautiful sites!

hiking
7 months ago

9/15/17 Hiked the Tanglewood / Rosalie loop, great weather, good views up on top. Following the creek for a while was very pleasant. Only cross the first footbridge and not the second to stay on Tanglewood towards beginning of trail. As we got close to intersecting the Rosalie trail we had a hard time finding it, we crossed the creek then backtracked and just headed down hill, crossed creek and then intercepted Rosalie. Passed through a variety of landscape. Rosalie Trail was rocky lower half. Thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

I hike this trail every year! It is one of Colorado's hidden gems! Plenty of water for the pooches!! Very scenic with every step of the way!!!

Great workout, Beautiful Trail

backpacking
7 months ago

This place is absolutely beautiful. Great place to go backpacking and get away. My friends and I usually come out here and camp a couple days just to decompress. Highly recommendreccomend

hiking
7 months ago

The best part of this hike are the falls in the first 2-3 miles. There are better high-altitude, alpine lakes to hike in RMNP. But the falls are spectacular and worth while by themselves. Save the last 3 miles of the hike for other alpine lakes.

hiking
7 months ago

This hike has lots of attractions. Copeland Falls, Calypso Cascades, Ouzel Falls, Ouzel Lake, wooded areas, and open vistas. Ouzel Lake is located in a marshy area and very wooded, so don't expect a lot of sitting areas. Since the flood, you'll have to do a little bushwacking to get up close and personal with Ouzel Falls.

If you use the All Trails geo locater, you'll see the trail does go well beyond the first set of fallen trees. In fact, they increase in number all the way to the top, which is rather buggy and uninspiring. I got pretty scratched up scrambling over a huge series; I'd recommend turning back instead at the spot where it looks like the trail veers off to a waterfall--maybe four miles in. Also, I'd recommend poles too: The uphill is a two-hour slog, and the downhill is very steep and treacherous with loose rock.

hiking
7 months ago

This was an amazingly beautiful hike! It is an easy hike, with some rocky spots. We encountered an elk, and a moose on our hike. The trail was well maintained and easily marked. There were only a dozen or so people hiking this trail for a Tuesday in late August. I would recommend this scenic trail with the river parallel to the trail, and breathtaking waterfalls.
Raquel

Very nice trail. Lots of tree cover until you rise above treeline. It's here that you can get great southern views.
Nice stream accompanies you along the way. Elevation gain is steady but not very steep. No bouldering.
Ample parking, although the road in is a bit rough.

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