Ouzel Falls Trail

MODERATE 240 reviews

Ouzel Falls Trail is a 5.2 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
5.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1023 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

river

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

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

hiking
53 minutes ago

Fabulous- water all the way up. Multiple waterfalls

hiking
1 day ago

hiking
1 day ago

Great trail for hikers that love to be accompanied by running water: Copeland Falls, and especially Calypso Cascades are beautiful in their own right, and allow you to adjust the hike if necessary. Reaching Ouzel Falls takes some fortitude if you are hiking with younger children. Luckily, Calypso Cascades (@ about 1.8 miles) is (in my opinion) equally breathtaking (note: we hiked this in June -- so ample run-off) if you need to shorten the hike. Arriving prior to 9:00 AM (and, the earlier the better) is a must for securing a parking spot at the trail-head. We underestimated drinking water -- so be sure that you plan accordingly for a 5.2 mile hike!

hiking
1 day ago

This was a pleasant hike that wasn't hard, but it did require work, with plenty of opportunities to admire the scenery and wonderful falls and short cascades that ended with Ouzel Falls. We paused at the falls enjoy the spray before heading back down. Get there early if you want to park near the trail head and there is a composting toilet available. Be sure to bring plenty of water, bug spray (for mosquitoes and ticks), sunscreen, and snacks.

hiking
1 day ago

hiking
2 days ago

Great hike! We went there early which was the right decision seeing everybody had to walk long distances to get to the trailhead because the lot was full as we left. It is a wonderful not to ambitious hike with great waterfalls!

2 days ago

hiking
3 days ago

Great hike with a lot of chances to stop and admire the falls and scenery. Get there early because the parking lot at the trailhead fills up fast. We pulled in at 7:45am and were one of the last 3 cars to be able to park at the trailhead.

hiking
3 days ago

6 days ago

7 days ago

Very beautiful hike! Several falls or cascades along the way to offer beautiful views and awesome water background noise the whole hike. Go early though! The trail was pretty crowded with very inexperienced hikers who kept stopping to rest in the middle of the trail (and this was not just one group...at least every 1/3 of a mile we encountered someone who didn't think to step to the side while resting and still didn't step to the side when we tried to go around). Our fault for not starting as early as usual.

Other reviews say use poles. The trail is very moderate with no snow. Poles aren't necessary at all. Water, sunscreen, and shoes that can get a little wet/muddy will get you through this hike no problem.

8 days ago

hiking
9 days ago

I hiked this trail on June 18, 2017 and it was a beautiful hike. This is now one of my favorites. There are several falls along the way and views to die for. Being Fathers Day, the parking was a challenge and had to walk a mile to the trailhead. I recommend trekking poles for this one. Bring lots of water too. The reviews say that it is 2.8 miles to the Ouzel falls, but my GPS actually recorded further by about .9 miles.

hiking
10 days ago

hiking
10 days ago

Amazing trail. I love the river running along the trail, it is roaring at this point in the year. Calypso Cascades was a beautiful stop along the way. Good tree coverage along the way with a few wet and muddy spots on the trail. The falls were awesome.... and because this place is so awesome everybody and their mother was there.

10 days ago

Absolutely stunning trail with tons of water along the way! Got one of the last few spots in the main parking lot on a Saturday at 7:50am. One of my new favorites!

hiking
11 days ago

11 days ago

Went on Saturday, June 10th. The falls were amazing with all the snow melt. The Wild Basin trail was more or less perfect, up until the 0.5 mile branch off to Ouzel Lake. There, the trail was hard to follow due to so much snow. But, made it to the lake just fine… just follow the footsteps in the snow!

12 days ago

loved it. went last Saturday and falls were perfect. endless waterfalls and high rivers to make one gasp. Made it to the lake which was slightly difficult to find when trail seemed to disappear .02mi from it and I was solo. luckily found a group who helped me find it. saw 2 big moose and lots or marmots. took me little less then 7hrs.

13 days ago

Excellent, easy hike even for small kids. Perfect trail