Bridal Veil Falls via Cow Creek Trail [CLOSED]

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Rocky Mountain National Park

Bridal Veil Falls via Cow Creek Trail is a 6.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, horses, and snowshoeing and is best used from March until November. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 6.1 miles Elevation Gain: 964 feet Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

horseback riding

snowshoeing

running

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

scramble

snow

closed

no dogs

It has been reported this trail has a temporary closure due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information. 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.

hiking
icy
snow
2 months ago

Trail is primarily dry to first campsite. Mostly snow/ice after trail junction. Recommend spikes from hitching rack to falls.

hiking
2 months ago

Pretty trail and not windy at all! We saw so many turkeys!!! The first half was dry/a little muddy, but the last third was all snow/ice. Microspikes would really help you out, but are not 100% necessary.

hiking
4 months ago

Pretty easy trail, mostly level except for the last 1/2 mile or so. Packed snow and some ice. Did not need snowshoes. I did not use spikes either until about 1/2 mile before the falls. You can scramble up the falls but that part was icy so I did not make it to the top of the falls. Six and 1/2 miles done in 3 h and 17 min with few minor stops and no lunch stop. Not very scenic.

1/17/20 spikes necessary. First third snow is intermittent but after that pretty consistent and icy

hiking
icy
snow
4 months ago

Great hike. I am excited to try this in the spring, although I did see old scat from bear, cat, elk. I was hoping to find a snowshoeing trail today but it was patchy. Very icy in some spots, could have use spikes glad I had my poles. Very windy at the trail head and an hour into the hike. Saw some people and squirrels. Happy Hiking!

icy
snow
4 months ago

Hiked on 1/5. Pretty moderate hike. spikes are absolutely must. We hiked up to the top of waterfall, beautiful views of the valley form there.

hiking
snow
4 months ago

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icy
snow
6 months ago

Hiked to the falls with my son today. It was a great time! We were slipping & sliding at the top. The icy waterfall was beautiful. Spikey boots helped.

hiking
snow
6 months ago

Awesome hike! Lots of snow and ice when my wife and I went. We did not have spikes with us but we still managed. The falls were partially frozen, very pretty.

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icy
muddy
snow
6 months ago

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muddy
snow
7 months ago

Moderate. Fairly easy. Last bit was icy so be careful and hard to find the trail towards the end with all the snow but we looked for foot patterns

Neat hike with mini waterfall at the end. Trail conditions are still clear, no snow or mud.

hiking
7 months ago

Nice, less-crowded hike. Not many parking spots available (14 or so, depending on how efficient people are). Plenty of spots at 7 am, but about full at 9:30 am. Some ice on the trail, but still very passable. The area around the falls has a lot of ice.

hiking
7 months ago

Hiked Friday morning, very few hikers out there. We ran across a local couple who advised once at the falls go the extra 10 minutes or so of scrambling to the left of the falls to get to the top of the ridge. The view from there was spectacular. Perfect views of yellowing aspen leaves. Must do. I read a few other reviews regarding parking - yes, it is sparse but what does one expect this time of year? Arrived at 8am for best parking availability.

hiking
7 months ago

There is almost no parking at the trailhead. There a spaces for less than 12 cars and everything else is marked no parking. When we arrived most of the cars at the sight were covered in parking tickets. I’m not sure why such a popular, beautiful trail would have so few parking spots. The area of roadside parking without no parking signs could easily be expanded.

hiking
8 months ago

Saw quite a few people, but this was a beautiful hike. Make sure you read about how to get up the scramble! All in all though with the amount of work and traffic that goes into this one, there's way better ones in RMNP.

hiking
8 months ago

I would recommend this trail. It is a gentle uphill until about 2.5 miles in. It is a challenge with steep areas and rocks. The falls where nice. Hiking and scenery was beautiful. Busy at the falls but not too bad. Parking is a challenge.

hiking
8 months ago

If you plan on bringing horses to this trail, DONT! There is no trailer parking at all. No wide turn arounds, and small roads. we were instructed to drive 5 miles back into town and ride our horses to the trail. Service from the faculty was poor. NOT RECOMMENDED FOR HORSES!

hiking
8 months ago

This is a pretty hike with limited shade until the last half mile. Few people as stated in other reviews. Good for wild flower & wildlife viewing as well. Saw a group of about 7 Turkey, bear skat, and other sign.

hiking
8 months ago

Sweet spot with very few people due to extremely limited parking. I would rate this as “easy” until about 3 miles in where there is a bit of a scramble to get to the waterfall. Like noted in other posts, the waterfall at the end is not the one in the photo here but is still neat!

hiking
8 months ago

Absolutely great hike! Very few people on the trail due to limited parking (10 places, make sure you are on site no later than 8a). Gorgeous views all along, trail is easy except for last couple of hundred yards - rocky climb to the waterfall. Highly recommend, will hike again!

hiking
8 months ago

Wide-span “bridal veil” falls pictured in the cover photo is NOT on this hike. Waterfall at the end is still cool. This is a good hike if you are looking for meadow and forest views.

hiking
8 months ago

Great trail. Beautiful falls at the end- make sure you climb above the first falls for the greater view. Definitely does not look like the pic though, so don’t try and venture into the forest for the falls in the pic (I never found them).

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