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Lower Cascade Falls Trail

EASY 194 reviews

Lower Cascade Falls Trail is a 0.2 mile moderately 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.

Distance: 0.2 miles Elevation Gain: 75 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

scramble

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.

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icy
24 days ago

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rocky
2 months ago

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rocky
2 months ago

This is a short, well marked & cleared trail. Be aware that going out is all uphill and across rocky terrain. There are picnic tables and benches along the way. There is no charge or fee for this fall, unlike the other one in town. Plenty of parking at the trail head, so no problem there.

hiking
3 months ago

This is the upper entrance to the lower cascade falls trail. Wasn’t on map so here it is. Great trail easy to navigate. Kid friendly.

hiking
3 months ago

A good little hike for such a great payoff at the end. We scrambled around on the rocks and boulders around the falls then enjoyed the mist that came from the falls splashing on the rocks. Be careful on the loose gravel and dirt if you do any scrambling, it can be tricky.

hiking
3 months ago

Easy little hike to a lovely waterfall. The trailhead for this hike also leads to the Ouray Perimeter trail - so you can combine both if looking for something a bit longer.

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muddy
4 months ago

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rocky
4 months ago

Great payoff. Walk from town is steep, but worth it. 11 yo wanted to scramble up the falls. 13yo co tent to take pics. Two shih-tsus did great!

hiking
4 months ago

Always love short hikes that lead to great payoffs. The falls are beautiful, especially when viewed up top and from the side/behind the falls. There was a bright rainbow dancing off the mist of the falls when we went up top. Truly great.

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rocky
4 months ago

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rocky
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

easy breezy hike & was beautiful

hiking
5 months ago

Super easy hike. Kids loved it. Water was flowing big time which made for a great hike. We also hiked up the Ouray perimeter trail and cut off to go behind the falls.

hiking
5 months ago

Fun start to a number of other trails in the area. Good little walk from main in Ouray after a breakfast or lunch. Kids loved the waterfall.

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Super easy great views and what an awesome fall. Well worth the 10 minute walk.

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rocky
5 months ago

A beautiful trail. we didnt get to finish due to time constraints but will definitely be back.

hiking
5 months ago

Very short steep hike to a beautiful waterfall. Right in town of Ouray. Very showy waterfall. Recommend.

hiking
6 months ago

Loved it!

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snow
10 months ago

Beautiful day with the frozen falls all to ourselves! The snow was deep but we were fine in boots without spikes. Can’t wait to come back in the summer

Sun Nov 25 2018

Gorgeous!! My mom has some trouble getting up the first section (she has bad hips and arthritis), but could still see the falls from afar.

Thu Oct 04 2018

Wishing for more water for the waterfall, but still beautiful.

Fri Aug 10 2018

Super short, great for little kids, cool water fall to see. Great to see if you are just site seeing around Ouray

hiking
Tue Jul 31 2018

This is an extremely short walk. It is a must see though!

Thu Jul 26 2018

super cute town, amazing waterfall, just the right length for everyone... high altitude was a little rough but AMAZING

hiking
Mon Jul 23 2018

Short walk to a beautiful waterfall. Went early July when it was still really dry and the waterfall wasn't very full but still enjoyed it. Plenty of boulders to jump around on and climb. Great for kids. Took part of the Perimeter Trail and the Portland Trail after playing near the waterfall to lengthen the hike.

hiking
Wed Jul 18 2018

Amazing !!!! Climbing up the waterfall and enjoying the beauty!!! The kids loved it.

Mon Jun 25 2018

Great for kids.

hiking
Fri Jun 22 2018

Description is perfect. Falls are awesome but at a distance. Finding a way to get closer to that splash.

Wed Jun 06 2018

Super easy hike. Definetely worth the short walk up to it. we walked up behind the waterfall and got some good photos and videos of the waterfall from behind the curtain of water. Kid friendly. Will take the kids next time. They will be sure to enjoy it.

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