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Ouzel Falls via Wild Basin Trail from Sandbeach Lake

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Rocky Mountain National Park

Ouzel Falls via Wild Basin Trail from Sandbeach Lake is a 5.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Allenspark, Colorado that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, horses, and snowshoeing and is best used from May until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Length 5.9 mi Elevation gain 1,062 ft Route type Out & Back

Hiking

Horseback riding

Snowshoeing

Running

Forest

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Snow

No dogs

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Getting There

PLEASE NOTE: As of June 2020 the entrance to the wild basin Trailhead to the ouzel falls is still closed. You may park at the Copeland Lake parking lot by route 84 which adds 2 miles to your main hike. Reservations to enter the park will go on sale through Recreation.gov at 8 a.m. Mountain Time on Thursday, May 28. Reservations will be available to enter the park from June 4 through July 31. The next release will be on July 1, for the month of August and any remaining days that have not been booked for July. On August 1, reservations will be available for the month of September and any remaining days that have not been booked for August. On September 1, reservations will be available for the month of October and any remaining days in September that have not been booked. Permits issued using the reservation system will allow park visitors to enter the park within two-hour windows of availability between 6 a.m. through 5 p.m. This process will facilitate advance payment of entrance fees, minimize contact between park entrance station staff and visitors and limit congestion in parking lots. The permit system will apply to all areas of the park. In the initial opening phase, the park will open approximately 60 percent of the park’s maximum parking capacity or 4,800 vehicles (13,500 visitors) per day. Please note: many outlying areas will reopen; however, the Wild Basin area will remain closed to all public access during this initial phase of reopening. There is a time-entry reservation system in place to access the park. Please see the park's website for up to date information before visiting. Great hike. Decent amount of elevation gain to get to the falls. Please note: gate may close seasonally, adding 1.5 miles each way to hike to and from the trailhead.

Take Hyw. 7 south out of Lyons, past Allenspark, to Sandbeach Lake Trailhead. While certain roads and facilities may be closed, the park is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Through winter, the Information Office is open 8:00 am–4:30 pm Mon–Fri.

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Joe Monforton
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Hiking

Heavy traffic up to Ouzel Falls, from there it's pretty light. Beautiful views and the destination is absolutely worth it. Some snow to deal with if you go up to Bluebird Lake, bring poles.

Monica Napolitan
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Hiking

Hiked 6/27/2020. This is one at favorite trails and never disappoints. We started at the wild basin trailhead. Rangers were there to greet us. The water is rushing and high. There is shade for the majority of the trail. We stopped at the 3 waterfalls, Copeland, Calypso Cascade, and Ouzel. This was a heavily trafficked trail and fairly easy out and back. Many people walk across the bridge of Ouzel and miss the big fall. Take a left right before the bridge to see the amazing waterfall. I have done this trail in May and August before. I think that the end of June is the best time since the waterfalls were the most impressive. This is a great trail for kids, just make sure they don’t get to close to the creek to fall in.

Evan Bortmas
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Oliver B.
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Hiking

Beautiful hike with a spectacular waterfall at the end. Definitely worth it.

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Nina Tu
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HikingFee

Definitely make a reservation! Got turned around because I wasn’t expecting a person to physically be there to check. Oops!

Paul Robinson
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Hiking

Very nice hike, half the crowd of the Estes entrance which is awesome. Water still flowing very fast. When you get to Ouzel falls it is a bit deceiving. The trail goes left right before the bridge. It is not very defined but you can get right to the base of the falls. There are a couple nice spots to relax there and cool down.

Laetitia Diidiiceleste
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Hiking

amazing lake still covered in snow all around it Hike mostly in the shades and under trees. Not much to see until getting up there. Worth the trip

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Aaron Schan
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Hiking

Parking lot is now open. It fills up pretty fast though so be early. The later u get there the more it will add to your hike. 6-26-20 One of my favorite hikes in RMNP. The waterfall is amazing! The cascades before the falls are equally stunning. If you’re up for it you can climb on top of the falls. Just follow the canyon around and up. You will have to do some boulder scrambling but it’s not too difficult. The view from above is equally awesome and you can see the river come to it and drop off the cliff.

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Shireen Hodges
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6/13/2020 the entrance to the wild basin Trailhead to the ouzel falls is still closed today. we parked at the Copeland Lake parking lot by route 84 which added 2 miles to our main hike. north st vrain creek along the added path was quite pleasant also although not as shaded as the main trail. we had a rmnp timed reservation but noone to collect it which effectively made our paid 27$ daily park pass, which the park emphasises we need to have to access the park, pointless.

Torre Witherite
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HikingClosed

Update: 5/26/2020 - From the Park website: Rocky Mountain National Park will begin a phased reopening on May 27, with limited services including basic park road and trail access. Visitor centers will remain closed. Many outlying areas will reopen; however, the Wild Basin area will remain closed to all public access during this initial phase. Trail Ridge Road will be open to Rainbow Curve. https://www.rockymountaindayhikes.com/rmnp-updates.html?fbclid=IwAR3ru8X5Xpi17OFMRnh47cMSvuT5KqtQPRnbFd8Xv3vf1Y2yH6r8Xb0PtaA

Todd Stephens
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Someone told me the Long’s Peak area did open but not until 10am for some reason. Maybe Wild Basin is the same? I see the person ahead of me did go today but I wonder what time?

Torre Witherite
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Hiking

Went there today and is still closed. Not sure when they will open. Twin sisters peaks is open though.

Jenny Fellers
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Hiking

Does anyone know if this is now open after the release of trails open on 5/27??

Todd Stephens
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I went there Friday 5/22/20 to see if it was open and the entrance was closed off with barricades. It said CLOSED.

Andrea Diaz
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HikingClosed

Closed due to corona virus

Kevin Berry
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HikingIcySnow

A great day hike for the end of winter.

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Paige Turner
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HikingIcySnow

Good trail but definitely a difficult one. I’m winter we did this one and super difficult after the first 2 miles without snow shoes or crampons. Also mostly uphill after 1 mile!

beth hendrickson
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HikingIcySnow

Went to hidden falls which was cooler than ouzel. Took loop to thunder lake trail. Crampons all the way .

David Dillon
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HikingIcyMuddySnow

Good hike, all snow

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Jamison Valenta
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Katie Foote
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Snow

Definitely don't need snowshoes! Very well packed the entire way so probably could even do it in snowboots but I am always happy to have spikes in winter. Most of the waterfalls aren't too dramatic because they are just covered in snow but the hidden falls detour was well worth it, lots of ice climbers and beautiful. well marked trail, never got lost, mellow incline, easy.

William Oshinski
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Jeanine M
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Hiking

Great hike. Normally, you drive to the TH, but gate is closed and adds about 1.5 miles to start the trail. Started off and ended with spikes but used snowshoes the majority of the hike. Good elevation climb to the falls. Great snowdrifts on the rocks and river. Our weather was perfect. Tired ladies when we were done!!!

Debbie Slavinski
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Hiking

Another fabulous day on the trail! Spiked from the winter parking lot to Ouzel Falls. Snow packed trail all the way so spikes worked for us. 7+ miles, 1000+ feet elevation gain.

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jenn nafziger
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Hiking

In winter a nice snowshoe but not much to see

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