Bridal Veil Falls via Cow Creek Trail

MODERATE 179 reviews
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Bridal Veil Falls via Cow Creek Trail is a 6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Estes Park, 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.

DISTANCE
6.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
994 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

scramble

snow

no dogs

Located in the Lumpy Ridge area of Rocky Mountain National Park, this hike to a scenic waterfall is well graded and relatively easy. The trail is located 3.05 miles from the Cow Creek TH, and there is access to other nearby trails in the first portion of the hike, as well as to backcountry camp site The trail follows Cow Creek, where the first part is through open fields with evidence of elk. Eventually the trail heads into the woods, where it begins to climb in elevation. The falls is reached quickly, and a light scramble on the left side of the falls gives way to an impressive view of the valley behind you. There is limited parking at the TH, which is close to a research facility, so it's best to leave early to ensure a parking space.

19 days ago

Quite an easy hike through open meadows filled with wildflowers until you hit the last mile, then it’s a little steeper & there are rocks to climb across to get to the falls. Overall a very scenic, pretty hike.

21 days ago

beautiful little hike with a payoff waterfall at the end

22 days ago

Waterfall at the end is worth it!

hiking
23 days ago

Beautiful trail. Starts with a view of meadows & wild flowers. Fairly moderate with some climbing in the end to get to the falls. Totally worth the effort.

hiking
1 month ago

we would give the trail itself a 3 but the bathrooms at the start of the trail were easily the nicest and cleanest we've ever seen. so close to a 4. we had high expectations for the hike from previous reviews but were a bit disappointed. the trail in and out was pretty but not spectacular. the last bit after the horse tie-ups was a bit of scrambling needing careful attention . poles were helpful. I wouldn't have felt great with any ice but others seem to have done ok before melt (all clear today.) the waterfall was splashy but small to us. other people on the trail were calling it spectacular so there's definitely taste differences. it was a long walk for an ok waterfall. I wouldn't repeat if we came back but others loved it.

2 months ago

Perfect time to go before the parking lots fill and the crowds roll in. The falls are still partly frozen but it is even more beautiful.

3 months ago

this was a lovely hike! I just wore my hiking boots and tried to be careful in areas where it looked icy!

hiking
3 months ago

It had snowed this morning so some of the trail was covered with maybe an inch. Watch out for those snow covered icy spots. Also, the last stretch to the falls is extremely icy! Watch your step and wear spikes!

hiking
5 months ago

The entire trail is pretty steep but totally worth it in the end. Also, quite nice not needing to pay to get into RMNP! Don’t forget to brink a picnic!

hiking
8 months ago

Definitely challenging at the end but great views and nice small waterfall.

9 months ago

love the different sections of this hike. it has everything and is not crowded

hiking
9 months ago

A good hike for anyone. Hike is fairly vanilla until you get to the horse hitching area. After passing this area you enter the cover of the trees and begin to hike upward passing several nice areas of the stream. Once you get to bridal falls it makes the hike worth the effort.

9 months ago

loved it had everything. meadows, waterfall, shaded areas, perfect day

10 months ago

Don't forget to carry a mosquito spray!

hiking
10 months ago

This is a great trail for young or first time hikers that want some distance. My 5 year made it there and back without complaint. My 3 year old had to be carried in the pack. There is limited parking. However, we drove around a bit and caught sight of a black bear and a moose within a minute drive of the trail head. The trail is a steady incline there are a couple sets of built in wood stairs. You walk thru a valley with beautiful meadows all around. If you don't like bees this may not be the trail for you. Since there is limited tree coverage, sunscreen and hats are essential.The last mile or so you get into some tree coverage. You will catch glimpse of the river the last appox .5 miles. Overall, we enjoyed the day. It was a very relaxed hike for my crew.

10 months ago

very very limited parking

hiking
10 months ago

This is a great "nature walk" good for an easy day hike or family hike. It's not very challenging but the view at the top is still amazing. Would definitely do it again.

backpacking
10 months ago

Great, lightly used trail to Bridal Veil Falls. Good mix of meadow, forest, near water with a climb to the falls at the end. Beautiful view.

hiking
10 months ago

Loved the variety of mountain meadows, forest, and rock scramble. The last quarter mile or so up the rocks is challenging, but keep going, the falls are wonderful! First hike with kids aged 16, 11, and 8. They did great!

10 months ago

favorite

hiking
11 months ago

Favorite RM hike to date! Arrive early for parking

hiking
11 months ago

Beginning was a little sunny, but nice and shady and cool near the creek. Kids loved criscrossing the creek!

11 months ago

Nice mix of easy to moderate hiking thats well worth the effort for the falls at the end

hiking
11 months ago

Me and my three kids (17, 15 and 13) hiked this today. We thoroughly enjoyed our hike! It was a wonderful way to start our day.

hiking
Thursday, June 15, 2017

Great trail, a lot of solitude! Just one part of our long day of Gem Lake, Balance Rock and Bridal Falls. We sat at the base of the falls and had our lunch, it was cool and inviting, favorite part of the day.

hiking
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Starts off slow and easy. It's a great way to get acclimated to the elevation. Boy that last 200 yards is a bit hairy, but totally worth it. Bring your poles and get them out for the last mile or so to help with your footing. Lots of natural log bridges over streams, butterflies and wild flowers galore.

Thursday, June 08, 2017

very beautiful hike through meadows and then to trees and rocks up to Bridal veil falls, we are from Ohio and it took us 5 hours round trip.we went early and was at falls for 40 mins before anyone else showed up.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Great hike. I would say on the easier side until you get to the falls. The last bit to the falls is more difficult but not too bad. And totally worth it!

hiking
Sunday, May 14, 2017

Great hike! 6 miles and didn't even realize it! Not too difficult and not busy. Beautiful views.

hiking
Thursday, May 11, 2017

I arrived about 10:30am and luckily found a parking spot. There were plenty when I got back to the car at about 2. The hike gradually gets more intense per mile. The trail was pretty easy to keep track of. The last .5 mile is pretty rocky though and so you end up losing the trail for a bit. The fall at the end was pretty small but there were some nice things to see along the way.

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