Cascade Falls

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Cascade Falls is a 7.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Grand Lake, Colorado that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until August. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
7.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
675 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

fishing

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

river

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

17 days ago

Great Hike. lots of mule deer and small animals, heard Elk not to far off. We made it to the waterfalls but didn't go down to them since we were carrying our 4mo old son. glad we hiked it.

21 days ago

This is one of the prettiest hikes we’ve done in this area. You hike through mountain meadows and pine forests to the falls. It’s a steady uphill climb which might make this more moderate than easy for some. We saw a marmot. The ranger said moose are often seen in the meadow.

hiking
23 days ago

Was a pretty easy hike. I did Mt. Ida Trail this morning, so wanted an easier one to follow it up. The trail is through the Subalpine forest the whole way. Lots of trees, chipmunks, squirrels, etc. Watch for moose and mule deer for the first mile. I saw several mule deer, and came face to face with a momma moose and her calf on the trail. 20 yards out and I thought I was a goner! She couldnt have cared less. The falls are just a long set of tiny waterfalls that go on for a few hundred hards. Very pretty and cool. Worth the short, easy hike.
LOTS of small trout in the stream that gobbled up my flies. Catch and release, and was a lot of fun.
Would do it again.

hiking
25 days ago

Great hike. First section flat and wide. Could bring older folks or lazy teenagers. Saw three moose on way. Lots of meadows for viewing. Falls are terrific lunch spot.

28 days ago

Easy, beautiful, full of wildlife, and waterfalls

1 month ago

Great for families. Did it with an age range from 5-60. Just bring lots of water. It does get a little long so we stopped a few times.

hiking
1 month ago

We picked this for our first RMNP hike as a way to get acclimatized to the 8500 ft elevation. It served its purpose. Relatively flat. Very popular hike. We saw a small crowd gathered watching 2 moose. There may be more wildlife if there were not as many people on the trail. The waterfall was nice. Refreshing to finally sit in the shade for lunch by the waterfall. Otherwise the path does not have much shade. Remember sunscreen, hat and sunglasses.

1 month ago

This was a great hike. Lots of ups but downs too. The falls are beautiful! Plenty of places to stop and rest or have a snack/water break. We saw moose, deer and marmots. Our kids ranged from 7-15 and were all able to do this hike at varying paces. Made for a fun day!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful falls. Relatively flat. Great family hike.

1 month ago

Awesome trail! Flat and relaxed hike that rewards you with an impressive waterfall. Saw 2 groups of moose and some elk

1 month ago

Great hike, lots of fun

1 month ago

Great trail, falls are fantastic

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike, good for kids, look for moose and deer!

hiking
2 months ago

We had a great hike to the falls despite rain and small hail. The falls were beautiful but it seemed like it took forever to reach them. On the way back we saw 3 moose including a calf plus deer. The moose definitely were the best part of the hike. We have been hiking in northern Minnesota and never could find one!

2 months ago

this was a very enjoyable trail. we saw a moose, deer, and other wildlife. it was a little long for some in our party, but those that made it to the falls said it was worth it.

2 months ago

Had a great hike with lots of Moose. Easy out and back with nice waterfall to compliment all the wildlife. Highly recommend.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful hike! Pretty easy.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful easy hike. Saw so many moose! Most exciting day!!

hiking
2 months ago

This was so fun, and I loved the length of 7 miles! Nice to see deer along the way.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike! The hike was not too long but a nice couple of hours. I would rate it as moderate, but it would probably be easy for locals accustomed to the altitude. We saw several deer as well as a moose and her calf!

2 months ago

Great easy/ moderate hike! The waterfall was beautiful! Saw 4 moose all together, 2 bull moose on the way up and a mama and calf on the way down! Definitely recommend!

hiking
2 months ago

This is an easy to moderate hike. The creek and the meadow are beautiful and postcard worthy. We hiked in the middle of the day and saw no wildlife unfortunately. The falls are beautiful and worth the distance.

2 months ago

Did this hike on 7/2. Got to trailhead at 9:15a, we were 12th car to park so if you’re looking for a trail with no people this isn’t it. That said, beautiful views, moderate distance, little elevation, and waterfalls are worth it all. Saw 7 moose in total, 3 on way out, 4 on way back. Did whole thing with group of 4 (two kids age 9 and 7) in about 3.5 hours with about 20-30min for lunch at waterfall area. And a day after we did Twin Cones! Pretty bushed by end but two great hikes over two days.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful hike and so much to see along the way! We saw two moose within the first 20 minutes of the hike. There is a gradual incline to the hike in a few spots. You go along a river for quite awhile and it is gorgeous. Cascade Falls at the end is breathtaking. Lots of great spots to have a snack or dip your feet in.

2 months ago

Beautiful and easy hike. Left trailhead at 09:30. Plenty of people out there today. Saw both male and female moose just on the other side of the river.

hiking
3 months ago

I really enjoyed the hike. It was little shorter than I expected, but the falls were amazing.

3 months ago

Fun and easy trail with family and friends. Saw moose, a snake, marmots, deer and other small animals and birds. Relaxing.

3 months ago

Did this hike Friday, May 25, 2028. Great hike, saw moose and the waterfalls are powerful, beautiful. Not a tough hike at all.

hiking
3 months ago

Awesome trip! Start early and beat the crowds.

hiking
3 months ago

Did this hike May 25th to Cascade Falls and back. So much wildlife, and the falls are flowing stronger than I've ever seen before. Saw several moose, dozens of elk, some mulies, a coyote, and caught some brook trout. There's always so much wildlife on the west side. No snow whatsoever at this point.

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