Lower Cascade Falls Trail is a 0.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Ouray, 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 February until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length0.2 miElevation gain75 ftRoute typeOut & back
Kid friendlyHikingMountain bikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingRunningDog friendlyForestViewsWaterfallWildflowersWildlifeScramble
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Easy walk from close to downtown with a great waterfall (seasonal) From the trailhead simply follow the trail along the stream as it leads you up to the falls. If the stream isn't flowing at the trailhead it's not likely there will be any falls to see at the end. There are several signs along the way to tell you a little about the area and the falls. Bring a rain jacket if you want to get very close to the falls.

Ouray Ranger District 970-240-5300

From US 550 in Ouray turn East on 8th Street and follow it to its end. There is usually plenty of parking here.

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Meagan Scott
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Slippery and slushy in parts, but that made it all the more fun! So pretty!

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K S
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HikingIcySnow

Nice short trail. Mostly snowpacked so it was a little slick in some places. Spikes are helpful. Didn't get too close to the falls due to falling ice chunks so be careful if you have a loose dog or small kids. My dog and I were the only ones out there.

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Amanda Atun
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Ashley & Amanda Lewis/Knox
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It was a beautiful trail! Full of different views of this beautiful town. We absolutely fell in love with Ouray,CO. Highly recommend. Be ready for lose terrain in spots and narrow switch backs. Hope everyone enjoys it as much as we did!

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Lee MaRie
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HikingGreat!

Awesome trail. Good pics and kids enjoyed!!!

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Stephanie Moore
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Tyler Sherrill
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MacKenzie Staples
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Jeff Boles
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HikingGreat!

I’d say in October, this is a must do hike in Ouray. The foliage just can’t be beat. I went in from 8th ave at the falls and crossed over, adding maybe a mile and a few hundred in elevation before the trail head. Certainly easy to do in 3 hours for an average hike I think. I added several detours for 10 total miles done in 4 hrs. Nice trail, easy to do large portions at a run in sneakers. Up top, a few spots on exposed steep slopes that are slightly washed out but easily traversable with caution assuming you’re not terrified by heights or dizzy from altitude. Beautiful waterfall toward end, even in October.

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Don B
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Kari User
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It was busy but a nice view of the falls. Unfortunately the falls was just barely trickling

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AllTrails User
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Very quick scenic hike. However, labeling as easy is misleading. Easy for us, however, maybe not easy for older individuals due to steep rocky and dusty dirt paths to traverse. The falls were minimal this time of year. Would love to see it earlier in the season when there is more snowmelt runoff.

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danny berry
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Great view from the perimeter trail

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Pat Lauer
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JJ Jacquay
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Nice views for almost no hike! Go up top and see the view from behind the falls!

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Chris Garcia
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View was okay, the waterfall wasnt at its fullest. Dripping little bit of water. Steep hike

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Vickie Radovanic
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Danielle Gelley
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Beautiful and great to do with kids.

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Sarah User
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Mike Vanderslice
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Corey Belkstrom
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Kristin Lowden
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Steve King
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Beautiful.

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Brian Auten
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C Richardson
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WalkingGreat!

STEEP. Very steep climb with loose large gravel that slides under foot. Several places I “skated” down. Overall pretty easy but not for those who are unbalanced

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Josh Ridenour
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Janis Nau
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Steep, views to town below and amitheater rock formation.

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Andrea Scott
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Pretty steep for an easy hike. I’d rate it as moderate, not easy and it’s loose gravel. There’s also big steps and roots that older folks were having trouble going down. It’s close town, nice waterfall.

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Michael Duplantis
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Easy and worth the stop to hike. Plenty of parking available. Nice scenery.

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