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bring lots of water regardless of time of year. Little shade.

Love this hike and the views. Splendid! The main trail is well packed - no need for snowshoes but if you plan to venture off-trail - take your snowshoes. We did. The meadow areas are open enough that you won't get lost on the way to the mining cabins. And enough people have gone off-trail so that there are routes to follow. Off the trail, the snow is still 3 ft.+ deep. Enjoy the snow while you can!

Pretty and easy trail with a beautiful waterfall and view.

This trail was spectacular. We parked at the Brainard lot because the road was closed. Three miles to the trailhead, but pretty and easy. Once we hit the trailhead we slapped on our snowshoes and were on our way. Nobody other than a cross country skier was out there. The trail wasn’t overly difficult but we felt the hills. We’re doing it again end of March. Beautiful trail for snowshoeing.

Pretty easy, but great view!

Definitely recommend spikes. Snowy towards the end. Falls were frozen over which made the hike anticlimactic. Would recommend saving this for when it gets warmer.

It was so beautiful ! The beginning may be a tad steep for the elderly or the, not so active, folks.. but the flattens out and goes along the railroad track and river. Was a very easy, laid back hike. Bring water and stay hydrated on any trail!

A couple of people didn’t have their kids on a leash and were flying up behind hikers on mountain bikes without saying anything. If my dog has manners, your kid can too.

But that was at the bottom. Other than that was outstanding. No need for spikes or anything

Gorgeous winter hike. Tough with the extra mileage due to the road closure. Definitely bring snow shoes.

Awesome trail. Hiked it today 3/4/18.

The road: no problem till the last 1/2 mike where it became muddy, snowy, bumpy. If you were really careful you MIGHT be able to get a regular passenger car all the way to the trail head. I would recommend a high clearance 4wd for the road conditions at this time, or you could just park on the side of the road before you get to the bad spot.

The trail: about 40% mud/ice/snow covered but manageable if you’re fairly sure-footed. Just wear boots/shoes with good traction and be mindful while on the ice. Snow is not deep at all- maybe an inch or two in a few spots.

The time: if you’re a quick hiker- you can make it to the old sawmill (steam engine) in about an hour and fifteen minutes, and back down in an hour or less even with the ice.

Traffic: I went on a Sunday late afternoon and didn’t see anyone for the entire hike. Amazing place , which is evening more amazing considering there was no one there and the drive is only about an hour from Colorado Springs

mountain biking
13 days ago

Very well maintained trail, Saturday morning parking lot was half-full. You can tell there has been many rock-slides on the trail...be careful.

Most of the trail is uncovered, sunscreen recommended.

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One of my favorite hikes of all time, but difficult to navigate due to snow unless you go in July or August. Absolutely gorgeous. The little lake at the top is quite a climb but worth it.

on Ouzel Falls Trail

13 days ago

Wow! Windy and tough but a great snowshoe/winter hike. Snowshoes not necessary but helpful

Great to snowshoe through the valley on semi packed down snow. The trail through the forest is very packed down and spikes could have worked fine there. Great views!

Yaktrax were needed. The falls are still frozen but was a great hike.

Gorgeous. You absolutely need snowshoes. The road to the trailhead is closed so tack in another 6 miles rt. Awesome trail. Nobody- other than us and a skier out there.

Great hike, wide paths, easy to follow. Dino tracks were amazing. We went 2/17/18, weather was great. Plan enough time, we got back about dark, and temps fall fast when the sun goes down.

15 days ago

the trail was really packed down at the beginning so could get away with just yak tracks, but about a mile in got a little looser and you would probably want snowshoes. Overall a nice mellow meander through the snowy forest.

Should have checked - no dogs allowed even on leash. Makes no sense to me. Would have been a beautiful hike.

18 days ago

Excellent day! Wild basin trail was snow packed all the way up to Ozuel falls, only needed boots. We decided to keep trekking and loop back on North St. Vrain fire trail and this area had not been touched so snow shoes are necessary until you get back to wild basin trail. As seen in previous trail reports MOOSE are active in area we saw 3 in separate locations and a bull who did not want to be disturbed ! Careful and enjoy
P.S. upper trail head is closed in winter this adds about 2 miles to total.

spectacular trail with much to see and experience!

22 days ago

Well packed trail, we only used shoe spikes. Didn’t feel the need for snowshoes. Great view of Frisco along the trail, the lake at the end of the trail is beautiful!

Beautiful area and really nice hike, the creek was frozen in some areas.

Most of the trail had tree cover, sunscreen optional.

Recommend micro spikes or something similar due to the ice/snow on the trail.

Arrived at the trail-head on around 0900 and parking lot was empty.

A few primitive camping areas along the trail, mostly at the beginning and also near the steam engine. My recording shows the camping spots with pictures.

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27 days ago

Absolutely awesome. Fun hike to do with friends.

Lovely and pleasant 2.5hour walk through the forest, so quiet and peaceful. Didn’t come across too many people. Path was mostly good although some areas rather icy - we managed with good walking shoes but would recommend stabilizers. Not that strenuous, but a good bit of exercise!

good hike, yaktrax helped a lot with ice

Beautiful trail, steeped in history. We went 2/15...no snow (thankfully). This trail has VERY little shade, maybe a large boulder or two along the way, please bring lots of water. We only made it to the dinosaur tracks... Thoes were super cool. Crossing the river is not a necessity as the tracks are on both sides, but we did. The Purgatory River was freezing cold but refreshing after walking in the sun for a few hours. It was not very deep maybe 8-10 inches. Heed the warnings about bringing water and being aware of your surroundings. We did not see any wild life other than birds but noticed there was a lot of droppings on the trail.

Very easy to get to, amazing views and very quiet and peaceful for how close it is to the highway. Went in August 2017. Like anywhere in the mountains, best to get there early to avoid afternoon storms (and light crowds if that's not your thing).

1 month ago

I went on Wednesday 02-07-18 and it was lovely. Be careful/aware of the 2 giant moose that are greeting you as you are coming and going close to the official TH. Add at least 2 miles to hike the road to the TH as road is closed part of the way down. Brought micro spikes and snowshoes but only used the snowshoes after halfway point.

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