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Calypso Cascades via Allenspark Trail

MODERATE 141 reviews
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Calypso Cascades via Allenspark Trail 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 May until November. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 5.7 miles Elevation Gain: 1,272 feet Route Type: Out & Back

cross country skiing

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

snowshoeing

bird watching

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Note: The Allenspark trailhead is now privately owned and is not available to hikers. However, users have reported that there are parking spots available along the road in the area.

23 days ago

CLOSED. Do not attempt. There are "Private Property No Trespassing" signs posted everywhere. There's also no parking on the road. Looks like it's bought out.

hiking
2 months ago

My son and I hiked this trail today. Beautiful trail with lovely views. The colors are coming on quite nicely for anyone wanting to get in some leaf peeping. We passed 6 people as we hiked in on the trail. Once we arrived at the cascades we ran into 8 other people making their way on different routes. Definitely a nice quiet trip during the week.

hiking
5 months ago

Great day hike - easy trail - lots of people around-

hiking
5 months ago

This hike starts in Allenspark, not the main Wild Basin Trailhead. This cuts way down on number of people on the trail. We completed this on 4th of July and saw maybe 10 people the whole time. At the cascades, it's a different story as that's where you meet up with the busy main trail. Stunning views as you are hiking to the cascades. No snow on the trail. Perfect day!

hiking
private property
rocky
5 months ago

Really enjoyed this trail. It has some spectacular views leading to the cascades. There is also plenty of shade. After a bit of peaceful solidarity, quite a few families arrived from the Wild Basin Trailhead. Perhaps, it would be best to arrive early to avoid the crowds. Also, there is no longer a parking lot at the Allenspark Trailhead, as it is now posted as Private Property. There is room for 3-4 cars near the trailhead on the street.

hiking
5 months ago

The best part of this trail is the trailhead is off the beaten path (if you follow directions from this AllTrails link). Parking is off a dirt road outside of the RMNP entrance (avoiding the fees and the crowds). The trail is very well maintained and well marked, and the elevation is as stated. Up, down, up, down... and again on the way back. A moderate, challenging climb but beautiful falls at the end. Falls themselves are crowded as they can be accessed from the main Wild Basin trailhead, but we only saw about 10 other people on the trail itself.

hiking
5 months ago

Did the hike today and was extremely nice. There is currently no snow on the ground and only just a few wet areas due to various streams. I would rate the hike as easy, as there was no hard or strenuous uphills but just a slow climb. The falls are amazing and well worth the trip!

hiking
muddy
5 months ago

Did this hike on June 23...while it was snowing! Trail is very wet, so be prepared. My husband did the trail in tennis shoes and his feet were a little wet towards the end. Hiking boots were needed due to the water pouring down the trail in places. All the snowmelt has the falls in full effect and the River is raging! Amazing hike and wonderful views!

Excellent trail, pretty smooth!

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike. No problems w/snow on June 13th. Yes, there was some, but not a lot to stop us moving forward. LOTS of moose droppings on the trail down to Calypso Cascades (which was awesome). Beautiful scenery and beautiful dead trees (really).

hiking
snow
6 months ago

Great trail but scary for those of us who don't normally hike in the snow. Snow covered the trail past the bridge but we "crawled" over it to the cascades. Long hike but challenging. Good times.

6 months ago

Forestry! Due to snow we could not go past the bridge. Beautiful views of Longs Peak. Will definitely explore this summer. Shady.

A very beautiful trail but even today it would have been easier to navigate the significant snow on the trail with microspikes.

hiking
8 months ago

We tried snowshoeing this trail, but after the first 1.8 mi to the intersection for finch lake/wild basin, we attempted to follow the calypso trail, but the blowing snow made the trail a little difficult top maneuver and we were a bit worried we'd twist an ankle or knee trying to follow a trail someone had made (it was pretty steep and snowshoes on uneven slopes isn't much fun) so we made it to a pretty area that opened up to a view, took some pictures and turned around. Went about 4/4.5 miles. Would definetly love to go back and do finch lake or when the snow melts try calypso again.

hiking
9 months ago

Did some snowshoeing today(2/17/19), great conditions for it! We got to the trail and started about 8:45 am, snow was still fresh. Parking lot wasn’t too crowded and didn’t really see too many others until we were heading back. Only a few spots uphill, relatively even terrain with nice views. Did Copeland Falls and Calypso Cascades, a short part of Ouzel falls to the overlook, which was a good point to turn around.

hiking
snow
10 months ago

A beautiful peaceful day on the trail. The trail was snow packed so no need for snowshoes even after freshly fallen snow 2 days prior. Parking is a challenge since the lot has not been plowed due to the furlough :0(. Could not make it to calypso cascades since the trail disappeared shortly after the “Y”. Therefore backtracked and went to Finch Lake instead. I was the only soul on the trail today. Of course it is Monday. Beautiful views of Mt Meeker and Longs about half way up. Sweet little creek crossing that had amazing ice crystals

Wed Aug 22 2018

Easy trip up and back!

hiking
Tue Jul 03 2018

7/1/18: What a beautiful trail! Much of the hike is through pine forests with packed dirt/rock, like many RMNP trails. Amazing views of Long's peak and nearby peaks. The falls is gorgeous. We went another 0.9 miles to Ouzel falls, which was just as nice. For a Sunday, this trail had only light-moderate traffic; crowded right at the end near the falls, where the Wild Basin trail connects. Pretty wildflowers. A great way to get into RMNP for free and (at least in the beginning) avoid the typical tourist traffic.

hiking
Sun Jul 01 2018

It was an amazing hiking trail. We all had a great experience and would highly recommend this trail.

hiking
Sun Jul 01 2018

Absolutely gorgeous views the whole way! My husband and I hiked this a few weeks ago in early June and it was so nice! I was dealing with a rare case of altitude sickness so we didn’t end up going all the way to Ouzel Falls which I was sad about but the rest of the hike was so beautiful we couldn’t complain. We will return and acclimate better next time before doing this hike and make it to the Falls!

Sun Jun 10 2018

Went down finch lake trail head about 5 miles from the parking iPhone maps take you to from this app. It was beautiful! Not a lot of people or parking ! Arrived and had no parking left had to park on the side of the road. However was great hike wind/trees kept us cool for a 90+ degree day. Beautiful drive from Denver!

hiking
Wed May 30 2018

Beautiful and casual hike! You get some great views as you continue to increase in elevation.

hiking
Mon Jan 15 2018

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.

Sun Sep 17 2017

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

Thu Sep 07 2017

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

hiking
Sun Aug 13 2017

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.

hiking
Sun Jun 04 2017

Wed Oct 19 2016

Beautiful.The waterfalls are an amazing feature.

hiking
Sun Sep 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.

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