Allenspark Trail to Calypso Cascades

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Allenspark Trail to Calypso Cascades is a 5.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Allenspark, Colorado that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Horses are also able to use this trail.

5.7 miles
1272 feet
Out & Back

cross country skiing


horseback riding








no dogs

Directions from Estes Park: Travel south on Hwy 7 to the turnoff to the Wild Basin Trailhead, between Meeker Park and Allenspark, to the west of the Highway. The Calypso Cascades Trail is located at the Wild Basin Trailhead.

4 months ago

Nice woodland walk. I didn’t think it was too hard. Got to the beginning of Calypso Trail and needed snow shoes. The skiers looked like they had a great day.

Great hike. Beautiful cascades at the end. This was on the easy side of a moderate hike.

8 months ago

A great trail; wether you're a beginner or an experienced hiker. You'll experience a variety of terrain along the way to the Calypso Cascades. Definitely a beautiful and calming experience. But don't stop there! Go the extra 0.9 miles to Ouzel Falls; you won't be disappointed! And be sure to take the trail up to the main falls; if you're extra adventurous, you can climb right up to the base of the main waterfall. Enjoy

9 months ago

Passed this while going to Ouzel Falls. This was a beautiful place to see how water creates it's own path. With little experience took us a little while to get there, but worth our time.

9 months ago

Beautiful trail! Limited parking available. The trail starts with a good jaunt uphill to get the heart going and becomes increasingly beautiful as you approach the cascades.

11 months ago

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Beautiful.The waterfalls are an amazing feature.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Beautiful trail, well marked with scenes galore. Advise at least 1 hiking pole for anyone with balance issues to maneuver around natural steps. Very quiet trail with lots of options to connect to other trails.

Friday, August 26, 2016

The directions under the "Getting There" tab are to the Wild Basin TH. The title and the track shown on the map are from the Allenspark TH, which is the trail we took. Highway 7 to Allenspark, turn right/north just before the post office onto County Road 90, left on S Skinner Rd, right on Meadow Mountain Dr to the well-signed TH with very limited parking. A trail crew was repairing the damaged section of the trail when we went by. The rest of the trail is in great shape. We are slow, old fogeys and hiked to Calypso Cascades in less than two hours. We did not continue to Ouzel Falls due to threatening weather. The trail from Wild Basin TH is shorter with substantially less elevation gain, but I have not hiked it. The trail from Wild Bain TH is also more heavily used. The trail from Allenspark is closed to horses until the repairs are completed.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Beautiful! Whew, a hike to get there since we started late and so had an extra 1.5 miles to hike since the parking lots were full. Who knew? Still the hike was worth it with rushing water all the way.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Very easy hike. Less crowded than the rest of RMNP.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

I'm sure the falls are gorgeous, but we headed straight for the Calypso Cascade trail only to find some decent damage to the trail due to past flooding. It is passable, but we were chickens and didn't want to risk scrambling over an extremely narrow and questionable patch of damage and turned back. NOTE there is extremely limited parking... Like, as in 15 spots and tiny lot

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Great hike!! Beautiful waterfalls!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

this place is breathtaking. One of my favorite hikes by far in Colorado.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Experienced this fall on our way to the ouzel fall. This was quite a beautiful waterfall and I enjoyed taking a moment to enjoy it. Not a hard hike at all. Many kids and older people on the trail.

Monday, June 06, 2016

This is a great, not to difficult trail near Allens Park (Wild Basin trail head). This trail leads to Ouzel Falls. Great trail that follows the St Verain River. Mostly covered canopy so if you're looking for great vistas this isn't for you. If you love water and falls, then yes!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Very nice hike, do it early in the morning to beat the crowds.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

beautiful hike, nice terrain

Saturday, January 23, 2016

great hike

Monday, November 16, 2015

It was beautiful and great for families

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Great day today in Wild Basin. Packed snow was slick around Calypso, so turned and came back at that point with the shoes I had on. Otherwise very beautiful day to be out.

cross country skiing
Monday, October 19, 2015

Amazing hike with incredible views all the way through, topped off with the waterfall..just awesome.

Friday, September 04, 2015

This trail starts at the Wild Basin trailhead and has several interesting waterfalls to view along the way. We went to the Ouzel falls which is 2.7 miles up the trail. You can continue to the Ouzel Lake but the bridge at the falls was washed out in 2013 and is still being rebuilt. You can either take another hiking only trail (turn off the main trail at the sign pointing to all the campsites) or you can wade or rock-hop across the stream. The bridge looked close to be finished so maybe by the time you get there it will be completed.
The trail is well maintained and well used. We went on a Thursday morning and passed or met several dozen fellow hikers and backpackers. You are park grounds and there is a gatehouse which was not manned when we were there but I guess it could be.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Beautiful! Must see! I will be back! There are 3 waterfalls in a ~5.7 mile loop... Copeland Falls, Calypso Falls and Ouzel Falls

Sunday, August 09, 2015

Amazing !!!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

I was not expecting to see such a beautiful and steep waterfall. I will hike this again, however I will spend more time exploring around the falls. If you are this far, you might as well continue to Ouzell Falls and check it out. Its worth the hike.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Great Hike. Amazing water falls. Shaded trail

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Spectacular falls! Easy trail. Does not take 3 hrs. I went further up to Ouzel falls and back, approx 5.4 mi in 3 hrs, including lunch break. Go very EARLY On a weekday.. Trail was crowded even on a weekday and we got there at 8:15 am. By the time we were leaving, people were all over the trail, like ants! On weekends the crowds will be impossible and will take away from enjoying the falls.

Monday, June 22, 2015

The St. Brain was in full force so the cascades were amazing. Saw the calypso orchids, the namesakes of the cascades.

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

This is a beautiful trail. The cascades and falls breathtaking. Less traveled, so lots of quiet time to appreciate all the beauty.

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