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Bridal Veil Falls via Cow Creek Trail

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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

no dogs

Reservations to enter the park will go on sale through Recreation.gov at 8 a.m. Mountain Time on Thursday, May 28. Reservations will be available to enter the park from June 4 through July 31. The next release will be on July 1, for the month of August and any remaining days that have not been booked for July. On August 1, reservations will be available for the month of September and any remaining days that have not been booked for August. On September 1, reservations will be available for the month of October and any remaining days in September that have not been booked. Permits issued using the reservation system will allow park visitors to enter the park within two-hour windows of availability between 6 a.m. through 5 p.m. This process will facilitate advance payment of entrance fees, minimize contact between park entrance station staff and visitors and limit congestion in parking lots. The permit system will apply to all areas of the park. In the initial opening phase, the park will open approximately 60 percent of the park’s maximum parking capacity or 4,800 vehicles (13,500 visitors) per day. 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
rocky
scramble
1 day ago

Perfect hike!

hiking
bugs
scramble
2 days ago

hiking
great!
6 days ago

hiking
bugs
no shade
scramble
14 days ago

15 days ago

Don't let the elevation map scare you. Overall, it's <1000 ft gain. First half of the hike feels fairly flat. Towards the fall, it does get steep. There's a nicely kept bathroom at the start so use it before your hike as the trail follows the creek.

A great trail! Only a limited amount of people can park so you see very few people along the trail. It has beautiful fields surrounded by mountains. The trail follows a creek that brings you to a waterfall with many places to pull off along the way and chill by the water. Once at the waterfall, you can cross the stream and scramble up the rocky trail to the top of the waterfall where the views are exquisite!

hiking
rocky
23 days ago

It was a great hike, once we hit the last half mile it was rough but the view is worth it!

The waterfall is amazing, there is so much water right now.

hiking
icy
snow
3 months ago

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

hiking
3 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
6 months ago

hiking
icy
snow
7 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
7 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.

hiking
icy
muddy
snow
7 months ago

hiking
muddy
snow
8 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

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