Ouzel Falls Trail

MODERATE 445 reviews

Ouzel Falls Trail is a 5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Allenspark, Colorado that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until November. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
5.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
948 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

no dogs

Take Hyw. 7 south out of Lyons, past Allenspark, to Wild Basin Trailhead.

8 days ago

Hiked to the falls on 5/15. Attempted Ouzel Lake but as of the 15th the trail was too snowpacked about 0.5 miles away from the lake so we weren’t able to get to the end. Beautiful views the whole trip though!

hiking
9 days ago

5/14/18 hiked early morning before the rain. the hike was absolutely beautiful. Was going to try to go to Finch Lake but decided to go the falls instead to beat the rain.

hiking
11 days ago

We just hiked this trail today (5/13/18). It was absolutely gorgeous. The trailhead parking lot is open and *most* of the snow is gone. A good mix of terrain and challenging uphills. Do not just turn around when you get to the Ouzel Falls bridge, keep going just a little bit further to the lookout! Makes the whole thing worth it, IMO. Such a great time of year to be here - not too hot or cold, not too crowded or empty, no bugs. The river was raging and so beautiful.

12 days ago

Hiked this trail 5/8/18. Beautiful! The water is flowing fast and the waterfalls are beautiful with water flowing from everywhere! You can park at the trailhead now. There’s snow after the bridge from the second falls then off and on til you get to Ouzal Falls. Hiking poles were helpful as it’s slippery in spots. Easy hike that is absolutely beautiful! Jackie

16 days ago

We did this hike in June of 2017. It was the first real hike we've done and it gave our family the hiking bug. I absolutely loved loved loved this hike. My kids did well with the hike- my then three year old rode on my husband's back and my then five year old did the whole hike without any complaint.

hiking
18 days ago

Did this hike yesterday (May 5th) - it was beautiful. Still mostly snowpack for 2nd half of trail - I made it in a good pair of hiking boots but would recommend crampons and/or trekking poles. About a mile walk on gravel road to the trailhead so total distance is over 7 miles.

hiking
21 days ago

It was great and the falls were gorgeous! Lots of snow though!

hiking
1 month ago

It was a beautiful trail and was very quiet. There was still lots of snow so it was a little slick in some parts. Overall a great hike though.

1 month ago

Lovely!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail!

1 month ago

This is not a "bang for your buck" kind of hike, like the big name hikes out of the main RMNP east entrance. I ran into several tourists near the entrance who seemed disappointed with the hike. Instead this is a hike for solitude and being in the wilderness. Really nice water features along the hike and pristine woodland. If you need some peace and quiet then this is your hike.

We clocked 8.25 miles accounting for the extra 2 miles (1 each way) due to the winter parking lot as well as some wandering around the falls. we had snowshoes but never used them, however I suggest having them right now just in case. The waterfalls will be a lot more exciting in a month or so.

snowshoeing
2 months ago

Feb 25 2018 - Beautiful morning snowshoeing adventure. Great forest coverage throughout, with some sporadic views of the St Vrain valley that you're trekking through. It was snowy enough to require snowshoes. The frozen cascades are pretty spectacular. You do have to walk about a mile to the trailhead in the winter from the open parking lot, which is a bit of a bummer. [3.8/5]

2 months ago

Definitely recommend spikes. Snowy towards the end. Falls were frozen over which made the hike anticlimactic. Would recommend saving this for when it gets warmer.

2 months ago

Wow! Windy and tough but a great snowshoe/winter hike. Snowshoes not necessary but helpful

hiking
2 months ago

Excellent day! Wild basin trail was snow packed all the way up to Ozuel falls, only needed boots. We decided to keep trekking and loop back on North St. Vrain fire trail and this area had not been touched so snow shoes are necessary until you get back to wild basin trail. As seen in previous trail reports MOOSE are active in area we saw 3 in separate locations and a bull who did not want to be disturbed ! Careful and enjoy
P.S. upper trail head is closed in winter this adds about 2 miles to total.

hiking
3 months ago

Absolutely awesome. Fun hike to do with friends.

snowshoeing
3 months ago

I went on Wednesday 02-07-18 and it was lovely. Be careful/aware of the 2 giant moose that are greeting you as you are coming and going close to the official TH. Add at least 2 miles to hike the road to the TH as road is closed part of the way down. Brought micro spikes and snowshoes but only used the snowshoes after halfway point.

hiking
4 months ago

Amazing trail! so quiet and peaceful.... make sure you have some spikes, there are some areas with a bit of ice.

hiking
4 months ago

The road leading to the trailhead for Ouzel was blocked off about 1.3 miles short of the trailhead, making it a slightly longer hike. The road is very flat and easy to hike though. The trail was completely snow covered, which in my opinion made the hike so much more beautiful deep in the alpine woods. I highly recommend hiking with cramp-ons and gators. The snow was getting pretty deep at times even on the trail and certain sections of the trail are completely ice covered and difficult to cross without spikes. All in all this was a very pretty and leisurely hike which includes a variety of fantastic scenery.

4 months ago

We hiked this with our bridal party after our wedding. We wanted to show everyone how beautiful Colorado was. Everyone on the hike couldn’t stop commenting on how beautiful this place was. It wasn’t a difficult hike I’d say easy/moderate. It’s definitely so worth going. We will definitely be hiking this again.

hiking
5 months ago

I love this trail so much. I think my favorite part is the cascades but the whole thing is so pretty. Nothing steep or challenging here. Just prettiness . It's been getting more popular lately. We actually got turned away last time we went there. During the winter, it's great for snowshoeing and is sometimes completely empty.

hiking
5 months ago

This was an amazing hike, it couldn't have been better weather when we went in August.

hiking
5 months ago

The gates were closed about 1.2 miles from the trailhead so that added a couple extra miles to the hike. The trail was dry at the beginning then about halfway through, it was hardpacked snow and icy in spots - we had Yaktrax with us and those worked perfectly (no need for snowshoes)! Alot of the smaller waterfalls on the way up to Ouzel Falls were frozen over but Ouzel Falls was still flowing. It is a beautiful trail for winter hiking! Highly recommend

backpacking
5 months ago

Beautiful hike. The first almost have is very mild hiking. When you get to the falls, take the extra effort to venture of trail to get closer to the falls. The hike beyond is very pretty as well.

6 months ago

Beautiful hike through forest, walking along a creek the entire way. The trail passes two additional waterfalls (Copeland and calypso) before reaching Ouzel falls which is spectacular. The trail kind of stops at a bridge and you need to climb over some rocks to see the front of the falls. This was the least busy trail I’ve hiked so far in RMNP. We loved it.

7 months ago

Outstanding views of Longs peak. Nice moderate hike. Well worth the trip to see the falls

7 months ago

Beautiful views

7 months ago

Excellent trail. First 1 1/2 easy. The second 1 1/2 moderate.

7 months ago

Wonderful hike today. Snow and some ice this morning.

7 months ago

Great hike for our first day in the park. Numerous beautiful falls and streams along the hike. Highly recommend! Water is still flowing great right now.

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