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hiking
24 days ago

Serene hike with the waterfalls. Decent amount of exposure on the ridge to the lake. Attempted early spring, got about 1/4 mile away from the lake but only had hiking boots and was sinking in a good 2.5+ feet so had to turn around. Was still a beautiful hike and I’ve been to the lake during the summer months, it’s beautiful, although there are other high alpine lakes that I prefer in Rocky Mountain. Definitely go for the falls though!

hiking
1 month ago

Great easy hike as always. The road is closed about a mile from the TH, so you’ll add two miles RT. Snowshoes would have been helpful in a few places, but certainly not necessary. The snow was loose enough that spikes weren’t needed, but packed enough that you could get by with just good boots. Gaiters helpful for missteps. There was a fair amount of traffic today and some snowshoeing behind me, and the trail was noticeably more packed on the way out from the traffic. Pack your microspikes just in case.

hiking
1 month ago

Climbed this in just winter boots and had a blast. Once you get above tree line the path is impossible to find. Rather than freezing your hands fumbling with the GPS, head straight up and you will get to the gorgeous alpine clearing where you can see mountains from all sides. Then it's a leisurely mile to the lake

I lost the trail 2 or 3 times and over shot the lake.
12.66 miles later, 3 adult tantrums, 2 falls, 3 female bighorns, no partirages or pears trees, exhausted, nauseated from the altitude I made it back to camp and had a good laugh til I cried at myself.
I loved it. Plan to go back and put some trail markers up with Wyland the Earl Grey drinking, ex Army Ranger with a kitty, camphost.
Markers are sorely needed.
These mountains and the valley below are sacred. there is potent magic here.
Don't be disappointed if a place doesn't let you in the first time. Bow your head, lift your heart and try again.

Decent trail but you have to hike 3/4 of a mile up the road to get to the trailhead and the lake at the end is full of people who just got in their car and drove there.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful Hike, I started at Rainbow Trailhead and hiked too and around the reservoir in the counterclockwise direction. Lots of aspens changing colors for the fall! (29 Sep 2018) I started at sunrise and didn't run into anyone for the 1st several hours of the hike. The reservoir was very low, but, the hike is still very enjoyable and not very difficult, aside from the distance.

We actually did this in reverse because we didn’t want to wait for the shuttle bus. Husband, 10 year old and me. My ankles are crap and this was a spur of the moment hike, no poles, Nike’s, one bottle of water. It took us about 90 minutes to get down. The top is all rocks, no real trail. A biker on top told us to follow the cairns down and that’s what we did.
It’s a beautiful hike, but the summit part is a challenge for newbie hikers and those with bad ankles!

Great Trail winding up and down along the creek with cool waterfall. It's easy to lose the trail when you have to cross the creek. The yellow marker is easy to see after you cross the creek.

Absolutely beautiful hike! Recommend going early to beat the crowd. Would definitely do it again

Beautiful views and much more secluded than accessing via North Cheyenne Cañon. Really enjoyed the 4wd trail testing out my Jeep as well. Everyone complains about the shooting in the area, but I was not bothered by it or ever felt unsafe. Although I always carry my gun with me while on hikes and camping. So if shooting makes you uncomfortable just be aware they are allowed to shoot in the area, but not on the same side as the trail access as any responsible gun owner will only shoot with a backstop. I did dispersed camping in Frosty Park before hiking up Mt. Rosa in the morning and had breakfast on the peak with no one around. Only saw 2 other groups of hikers coming up as I was descending.

hiking
3 months ago

This was a fun yet very challenging hike! It says moderate but the hilly roads you have to climb just to get to the trailhead and then to the reservoir make it difficult. The meadow along the creek is beautiful once you climb the switchbacks. It seems like the never ending hike but we pushed ourselves with the encouragement of other hikers making their way back! Because we hadn’t anticipated such a long hike we didn’t get to enjoy the reservoir that much and would much rather drive to enjoy it next time. It took us 2+ hours, so be prepared!

hiking
4 months ago

Fantastic trail that takes you over 1,500 ft where you can look out over 24-West. Once you reach the top, you can descend from the large rocks via the southwest side and follow a trail along a small creek that feeds a waterfall. The trail will take you along some great flowers and scenic mountains to the west. However, make sure you follow the trail out that you came in. I took a trail connected to the Catamount but it turned out to be treacherous, which caused me to walk through part of a waterfall to get to better ground. Stick to the marked trails and you won’t be disappointed.

amazing hike!

Note that the beginning is reached by starting at The Crags Trail trailhead. and the last section is a scramble/bouldering area, not actual hiking. Probably around 1000 feet. the most challenging section if you are not accustomed to high altitudes will probably be the zig-zag section right as you clear the tree line. Spectacular views and some challenging inclines along the way. Bring plenty of water and plan for or around the afternoon storms and you're golden. Also, watch for the rock stacks on the last section. they'll guide you up for the most part

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike. Low traffic. Some campsites near the trailhead and along the Deer Creek stream. It's challenging, but not stair stepping the whole way. Trail running was difficult, though certain sections were great for it. If you're looking for an even bigger challenge, you can hike Rosalie Peak (13575 ft) from the saddle by heading west along the ridge. Adds another 1500+ vertical. It's steep, but not technically hard and it's a fantastic view from the top.

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike, you get a little bit of everything. Some solid uphills on the way up thru trees on dirt, up in some rocky areas, and then some tundra-ish marsh to a pretty cool lake. Fantastic views the whole way up. GPS is going to vary, funny watching people post the various distances. I got 4.7 one way on mine. Wasn't terribly difficult. Hour and a half up, hour down. As every hike, moderate and difficult is going to be a personal judgement. Its around 3-3200 ft elevation gain up in somewhere between 4.5-6 miles. If that seems hard for you, its going to be hard. If that seems like a day in the park, you'll breeze through! I thought the actual hike was more enjoyable than the destination, but that's just me. Not that the lake was a disappointment by any means. Lots of marmots prowling around the path leading up to the lake. I went and it was sunny - a little overcast, very enjoyable day on the trail. Well worth the time to check out, even if you don't go all the way. The falls are also pretty cool. Little rock hopping thru a very short slot canyon. If you don't have good balance, you may want to wait until after the hike in case your feet get wet, or bring some grippy water shoes.

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail. Easy to navigate (in summer). The climb was grueling but we took lots of breaks. Only took 3 breaks going down, mostly due to blister issues. Saw two very large deer along the stream. Saw 4 other groups of people, but otherwise it’s empty. We only found a couple pieces of trash :)

hiking
4 months ago

A good trail. Definitely lightly trafficked and I would say on the harder side. I was thankful for the app as the trail was sometimes hard to discern closer to the tree line. Once above the tree line, the views are amazing.

4 months ago

Ouzal Falls was absolutely gorgeous and the ridge that you cross on the way to Ouzal lake was stunning! The trees were short due to the fire in 1978 so the views of the other surrounding peaks were amazing! We were at the parking lot at 6:30 in the morning but I’m sure by 7 AM the lot is full. We saw very few people on the way up but on the way back it was busier so go early.

hiking
4 months ago

Ii'd rate this trail as hard. That's because the trail is very rough and can't really run as much as I wanted. The first 3.5 miles were 90% shade and the the last 1.5 miles to the lake was 0% shade. Great summer hike. You will need a map or you can easily get lost.

backpacking
4 months ago

Be advised the trailhead has been moved 1.1 miles south from the location marked on All Trails. The old roadbed up to the old trail head has a pretty good grade, but is smooth and covered in small gravel. Really easy to hike! All my distances are from the new parking lot. I didn't hike all the way up to the loop, but I did upload a track from the new trail head for reference.

Rating this trail as moderate is generous. It is largely smooth and flat, with a couple of rocky patches. Easy grade with exception of miles 0.0 to 1.1, and 3 - 3.75. The latter is fairly steep, BUT switchbacks have been added at the top making the last 0.25 mile or so a gentle grade. The switchbacks are also not shown on the All Trails route, but are on my track. Once on top you again face easy grades and smooth trail.

You will follow a creek between mile 1.1 and 2.75 providing easy access to water, and a surprisingly lush gulch. A surprise given how dry the overall area is! The trail meanders through a few aspen groves, overlooks a beaver pond, and winds it's way through open pine forest. Good camping spots up around 2.5 miles. You will depart water at about 2.75 miles when you start your way up to the plateau.

Once you reach the plateau you are greeted by low bushes and grassland, with pine forest along the shallow valley walls. You will encounter reliable water at about mile 4 and again follow a stream and beaver ponds to the north. The upper plateau is relatively flat and loaded with good camping spots.

Really enjoyed this trail. It was a nice easy overnighter and hooks up with a loop on the north end. You could easily make a 2-3 day there and back trip with the loop added in.

Nice hike in the woods. Keeps things cool. It’s a constant climb. I didn’t make it to the saddle

I'm giving this a 4 because there is no way this trail is 8 miles long. at the very least, it's 6 miles one way. there are two points where you are losing all of the elevation you've gained, just to have to go and regain it again. bring more water than you think you need.

also, the map posted on all trails is not real. it's not a straight path

hiking
5 months ago

This is a difficult hike, but very rewarding once you get to the top. The views are worth it! There were some wildflowers when I went, but I think I missed the peak time for flowers this year.

hiking
5 months ago

A great hike to a wonderful lake on Monday, 8/13. I originally planned to get to bluebird lake but called it at the junction and decided to partake in just Ozuel - it didn't disappoint! Note that there's not a lot of shore space to sit down.

I'd read on here that it tends to get hot in the treeline areas which is kinda true. It's not very shaded about a mile past the falls but it's less than 10,000' feet (read: not above treeline). The lack of shade is due to a fire in the late 1970s (Google Ozuel Lake Fire for interesting information on RMNP allowing the fire to burn naturally) and therefore a lack of mature shade trees.

All in all, a really neat hike with great views of Longs and Meeker. Lots of people to the falls and thins out a bit afterwards.

A few notes:
-From GAIA GPS: 10.00 miles, 5:27 hours (58 minutes stoppage time), 1545' ascent
-I arrived to trailhead at 9:30am and there were about 10 parking spots left
-Saw two big ol' cow moose alongside road between entrance station and trailhead
-As others have said, be sure to take small trail to left of large falls to see 40' falls head on

hiking
5 months ago

I don’t really see the appeal of this trail. The walk up dirt road to the trailhead is just not worth it. It’s a lot of climbing to only get a short walk through a meadow and then you have to share a road with cars only to arrive at an underwhelming reservoir you could have just driven to. There are so many beautiful hikes in Colorado, I recommend choosing something else.

hiking
5 months ago

Awesome hike. I would rate this hike as difficult. I did it as a youth more than 40 years ago and it hard then. I am 57 years old my wife and I did this beautifull hike today. it took us 6.5 hours to complete. We took our time a we were rewarded with breath taking views just above timberline. I would highly recommend this lightly traveled trail.

hiking
5 months ago

I took a friend from out of town on this trail on Tuesday and we were almost completely alone. We saw one other couple on mile one then no one for the entire rest of it. It was great, the views form the pass were awesome. We sat on a rock and ate lunch, you have a great view of Mount Evans from there. The 4 solid miles of climbing wasn't the easiest but certainly not too bad. I took someone who lives at sea level and he did just fine with it.

DO NOT TAKE TRAIL 626!! There is a trail before the Mt Rosa trail head called 626. This trail is extremely dangerous for hikers. We were shot at multiple times during this hike. The area leading up to the trail is also dangerous because people have makeshift shooting ranges along the road. The whole place has a bad vibe and there is a disrespect for hikers and the environment around this area. This place is not for people looking for a peaceful hike. AVOID THIS TRAIL!

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike. Very beautiful. it was a little hard to find the right path to the trailhead, but once we found it it was great from there. Most of it is shaded. Lots of little streams and waterfalls. Just be sure to bring lots of water!

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