Cascade and Portland Loop Trail

MODERATE 13 reviews

Cascade and Portland Loop Trail is a 5.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Ouray, 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 October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,030 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

backpacking

camping

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

forest

river

waterfall

rocky

Directions from Ouray: Take Hwy 550 one mile south to the Amphitheatre campground turnoff. Follow the paved road into the campground. Keep left until you reach the trailhead.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike with amazing views of Ouray. You walk through the mine, which is cool. I would suggest going up to the mine first and then doing the remaining part of the Portland Loop trail as that will get the hardest part over first.

backpacking
1 month ago

Really fun with a rewarding view at the top. The falls are great even in this super dry year, forming small pools to cool off in. Highly recommend going on to the old mine buildings, particularly the far one which has an old Denver mining co drill and some other interesting equipment in it, not to mention a fantastic view of the town below. The blocked off cavern just past it contains a vertical shaft apparently created with that rock drill in the building.

hiking
8 months ago

My husband and I tried this trail for the 1st time on 12/7/17. Mostly clear of snow and ice, the downhills weren’t all that bad but if it was wetter it could be bad in spots. We really enjoyed it and plan to do it with snowshoes or at least try it.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Beautiful trail on a late spring day. We viewed waterfalls, numerous spring wildflowers, one twisted and one huge aspen. And we found a small number of morels.

hiking
Saturday, June 28, 2014

At first this trail was hard to to figure out which one was it as in the begain ing several met up at the start and the trails are not labeled. After getting on the right one, it take you through nature with loads of trees and wildlife. Saw several deer and some great overlooks. This is a good trail to get you warmed up to the longer trails you can take.

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Monday, July 27, 2015