Copeland Falls to Calypso Cascades [CLOSED]

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Rocky Mountain National Park

Copeland Falls to Calypso Cascades is a 3.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Allenspark, Colorado that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching.

Distance: 3.5 miles Elevation Gain: 606 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

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. Please note: the gate to the wild basin trailhead may seasonally close, adding about one mile each way to the hike.

hiking
snow
5 months ago

Did this trail 12/08/19. The gate to the wild basin trailhead is closed so that adds about 1 mile each way to any hike. Very secluded trail. Lots of snow on the ground. I wore microspikes and gaiters to keep snow out. The snow isn’t hard packed yet so it was only necessary to have them on some of the steep inclines. I saw Mountain Lion tracks! And some blood on the trail near calypso cascades. All-in-all a great easy winter hike

hiking
8 months ago

Nice trail. Fairly easy hike. Beautiful views of the falls. There is a parking lot at the trailhead if spots are available. Not too crowded but we did see people along the way. Peaceful hike.

hiking
8 months ago

Great trail!

hiking
rocky
8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Get there early. We had to park one mile from trailhead.

hiking
9 months ago

Great family friendly trail! Our 5 and 7 year old boys hiked the entire way. Walking along the creek the entire way kept them engaged. The parking lot was about 3/4 full when we arrived at 8 AM on a Tuesday. We encountered few other hikers on the outbound trail and several on the way back. After the super crowded day at Bear's Lake, the number of other hikers was perfect. Beautiful waterfalls, worth every step!

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful hike. Went on a Friday morning in July, fairly crowded. Even had a privy near the falls.

hiking
9 months ago

Pretty trail and gorgeous falls. Went in the mid afternoon in June 2018 and there were very few people on the trail. Got some spectacular pictures of the waterfalls. There are a few inclines that gave me trouble throughout the hike because I had altitude sickness at the time, but the views were awesome.

hiking
9 months ago

Good trail along the water. Just missing a star because of the amount of traffic.

hiking
9 months ago

got there at 2 pm and had no problems with parking. wildflowers were great and falls and cascade were beautiful. well maintained. easy till close to calypso the moderate.

hiking
9 months ago

Perfect day and trail conditions. This was a variety of trails in Wild Basin.

hiking
10 months ago

Arrived at 7:45 and parked down the road from ranger station. Beginning of trail was heavily populated but thinned out. Some wet, muddy areas. Calypso Cascades portion was more of a moderate than easy rating (my opinion)...lots of rocks and step ups. The water was raging. It was a lovely hike that we enjoyed!

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bugs
10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful, but VERY busy. Get there early if you want to park anywhere near the trail. We arrived around 9 AM on a Thursday in mid July and found ourselves having to walk 1 mile from where we parked to the trail head. There is a shady path adjacent to the parking areas and street that you can use to access the trail, but not arriving early enough to park nearby unexpectedly added two miles onto our hike. Also, bring plenty of water because it feels pretty arid. We drank a half the water we brought walking from the parking lot to the trail head and ended up buying two bottles of water from the ranger station at a dollar apiece. That said, we do not live in Colorado and adjusting to the altitude so perhaps, we were more thirsty than the average traveler.

hiking
10 months ago

nice easy hike, the water falls are flowing at their max. great shaded hike, all ages can do this.

hiking
10 months ago

Great trail we hiked with our 6 year old. Well-maintained, beautiful scenery. Would definitely do it again.

hiking
10 months ago

This was a great hike for the whole family even our 4 and 5 year olds could walk the whole time. It was very busy on 7/14 but we still had lots of fun and photo ops with the falls. I do have to say that the bathrooms at the trailhead and the privy near the cascades were DEPLORABLE.

hiking
10 months ago

Great family hike! Pack water and snacks. Up to Cascades and back to trail head takes about 2-3 hours with breaks and sightseeing stops.

hiking
10 months ago

Great hike, most of it by the raging river. Many place to stop and sit next to intense rapids! Easy hike so you can concentrate on the beauty. Just a couple muddy spots. No big deal. Nice forest sections with pine scent. Parkings tough if your not early, but opens up after noon. It’s popular because it’s very cool. Cascades are tremendous now.

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muddy
10 months ago

It was a beautiful day and the wildflowers were out in force. Very enjoyable but the trails were a bit muddy and slippery.

hiking
11 months ago

Beautiful, green, fairytale-like hike! As you approach Calypso Cascades, the trail begins to climb and the hike becomes significantly harder. If you’re not used to the altitude, are older, or are out of shape, it’s a bit challenging. However, the gorgeous scenery is well worth it, and the recent snowmelt makes the waterfalls all the more stunning.

hiking
11 months ago

This is one of my favorite hikes to do yearly. It's easy enough for the kids, but still enjoyable for the adults. The water is raging right now, so the falls are gorgeous. The trail is drying out, but the landscape is lush.

hiking
11 months ago

Beautiful, kid-friendly hike!

hiking
Mon May 27 2019

We did this trail over the summer. We had our littles with us (3 &1) our 3 year old crushed this! He was able to walk the whole way up. There were some spots that were trippy for him, but otherwise: KID FRIENDLY! My only annoyance was the horses that were allowed on the trail and all the horse poop we had to step around. But the views, waterfalls and memories we made with the kids were worth everything! :)

hiking
muddy
snow
Mon May 27 2019

Muddy in spots. Still snow packed towards the top. Heavily traveled, all though it is a holiday weekend, but still probably be a good idea to get there early

Sun May 26 2019

The falls were beautiful as of today about 0.5 mile from calypso cascades it’s pure ice snow mix, if you don’t have good shoes and poles don’t go.

hiking
snow
Sat May 25 2019

You will need hiking boots, spikes, and poles to make it safely to Calypso. As of 5.25. Parking is limited. We arrived at 8am and when we left at 12 no spots were available. Winter Gate open as of this week.

hiking
Tue May 21 2019

Beautiful hike! Go early, so you can get parking. Bring water and a snack.

hiking
muddy
Mon May 13 2019

Muddy, as expected. Still quite a bit of snow in the area, only had spots of it on the trail. The parking lot by the ranger station was closed, as was the road up to it. Had to park a ways from it. Prob added over a mile to get to the trailhead.

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